San Isidro de Heredia, Heredia

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Tucked along the countryside of Costa Rica, the quaint community of San Isidro de Heredia boasts a friendly environment and peaceful atmosphere. Located along the foothills and lush forests of one of Costa Rica's most magnificent parks, Braulio Carrillo, San Isidro is quickly becoming a noted destination among travelers. Along with other small towns of Heredia, San Isidro is a hotbed for new construction and community development for retired and part-time residents. Travelers who are staying in San Jose can reach San Isidro de Heredia via bus or car, which takes about a half hour.

Pre-Columbian Carvings

The region of San Isidro de Heredia dates back to the pre-Columbian times, when it was occupied by the Huetar people, an indigenous group of Costa Rica. This group left behind pottery and a sizable card stone idol, which is a unique artifact that represents the region's past. San Isidro de Heredia is also home to one of the most important archeological discoveries at a local church in the Central Volcanic Range. The church's most prominent feature is a large ceremonial table carved in stone, which were used in large agricultural celebrations, represents an environmental myth.

Close to San Jose

When staying in San Isidro, travelers will notice the charming downtown center to have a semi-rural atmosphere. However, since it is so close to San Jose, it's easy to explore all of the arts and culture that Costa Rica's capital features. The vibrant and eclectic metropolis offers several museums and centers that document the country's unique past. Locals are often found sipping on coffee at a local cafe or strolling through the pedestrian-friendly sidewalks alongside historic architecture. Some of the main attractions in San Jose include the Jade Museum, National Museum and the Art Museum.

Nearby Activities

Looking for a more adventurous excursion in Costa Rica? San Isidro is only a short drive away from Braulio Carrillo. This tropical rainforest boasts an unbelievable array of flora and fauna, accompanied by towering waterfalls and mountainous vegetation. Founded in 1978 in efforts to save some of the region that was being replaced by the Guapiles Highway, Braulio Carrillo is actually one of the most easily accessible parks in Costa Rica. The park features several dormant volcanoes and protected regions of the Sarapiqui River. This biodiversity lends to the abundance of species that populate the park.

With city life and natural wonders within minutes of San Isidro, there's endless opportunity to explore some of the most unique aspects of life in Costa Rica.