As Cartago, Heredia is a province rich in colonial traditions. Its capital is known as the city of flowers. Spanish architectural features are still visible in the old adobe buildings, made from a mix of plant fiber and clay. Since colonial times, the cultivation of coffee has been the main activity of the province. The city of Heredia is the birthplace of many ex-presidents and politicians of the country. This province accounts for 8.4% of the total population of Costa Rica.
Located 20 km from San José, on the road to Limón, this park consists of a chain of volcanic mountains covered by dense vegetation with more than 6000 plant species and 400 bird species, including the quetzal. You can enter via the Barva volcano or the Quebrada González. There are several hiking trails, of varying difficulty, to observe the amazing flora.
Located in the canton of Sarapiquí, this place is dedicated to scientific research. It has a high diversity of animals, including butterflies (holds 7% of all known species in the world), 43 species of fish, 48 species of amphibians, 11 species of reptiles, 411 species of birds and 116 species of mammals. In this area you can do lots of hiking. Rafting is also practiced.