CPI Heredia

City of Flowers

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Site Founded:



San Joaquin de Flores, suburb of Heredia


Temperate tropical: average daily temperature of 80F

Approved by the Instituto Cervantes as an Accredited Center | Certified Examination Center for the DELE exam.

Local color
  • Easily manageable, walkable town.
  • Friendly locals.
  • Surrounding volcanic vistas.
  • Traditions: country fairs, religious processions, parades, farmer’s markets.
  • Accessible to larger, urban center of Heredia and capital city of San Jose.
Added bonuses
  • Close to San Jose International Airport (SJO).
  • Easy to use public transportation.
  • Authentic cultural experience in the Central Valley where 66% of the Ticos live.
  • Medical tourism with access to the best private, bilingual hospitals in the country.
  • Shopping: modern malls and artisan crafts.
  • University student ambience in nearby Heredia.
Local tours: fun, nature, and culture

Week day

  • Museums: Gold, Jade, Art, and the National Museum.
  • National Theater.
  • Volcano visits.
  • Coffee tours.
  • Waterfall trails.
  • Rain forest hikes.
  • Canopy zipline.
  • Animal refuge
Weekend Tours


  • Tortuguero National Park or Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast.
  • Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast.
  • Arenal Volcano

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