Getting To Heredia:
To get to downtown Heredia, take the Pan-American Highway (it starts at the end of Paseo Colon). Then, head to Hotel Irazu, and from there take the right exit and continue until you see the Pozuelo cookies factory. Then just follow the road straight for about 3 miles.
If you’re coming from downtown San Jose using the bus, you can pick up the Busetas Heredianas in downtown San Jose, or around La Sabana Park. Consider that most roads leading there are clogged during rush hours (7 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 7 pm).
What to Do in Heredia:
Since this is home to one of the two largest state universities in the country, the Universidad Nacional, Heredia certainly has the college town feel. And this is noticeable when it comes to the city’s nightlife.
Although most bars are always full, their general environment is inviting, and they’re certainly perfect for meeting new people. A trip across the Sarapiqui River is one of the must-do activities while in Heredia.
This will give you the opportunity of observing the region’s wildlife. The best way to do this is to go to the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui and arrange a boat trip at the local dock. A trip like this can take around 3 hours.
And you’ll have the chance to watch Crocodiles, Monkeys, Sloths, Turtles and Otters (to mention just a few), plus many species of Birds. If you’re a bird watcher, you might also want to pay a visit to La Selva Biological Station. This place is located mainly under rain forest.
And, as it was declared a private biological reserve, this area has turned into one of the most important ones in the world for scientific research on tropical forests.
Apart from the 420 species of birds that have been spotted here, the station is also home to many species of Lizards, Toads, Frogs, and Snakes (some of which are only found in this area). To make it to La Selva, just take the highway to Limon and follow the road signs to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.
Then follow that road for about 17 miles and watch to your left until you spot the signs for the OTS (the consortium of local and foreign universities that operate La Selva). Lastly, just follow a gravel road for half a mile until you reach the gates of the station.