Published on August 7, 2014
2 Heredia City Heredia is the fourth province of Costa Rica, and it is considered one of the most beautiful provinces of the country. Cubujuquí was the name that natives assign to Heredia in honor to one indigenous princess. Then, in colonial times, immigrants from the province of Cartago built a chapel between Lagunilla and Barreal. After that, they moved the chapel to Cubujuquí and founded the city in 1706, and in 1734 church La Inmaculada Concepción de Cubujuquí (The Immaculate Conception of Cubujuquí) was built. The name, Heredia, came about in 1763 when the area was granted the title of ¨town¨ by the president of the Royal Court in Guatemala, Alonso Fernández de Heredia, who also decided to name the town after his family name. Nowadays, Heredia is known as La Ciudad de Las Flores not just because of there is flora diversity, but also because many people consider that the beautiful women in Costa Rica are Heredianas (Heredian). Also, this province is characterized by having coffee plantations. Heredia’s downtown is full of small parks, historic churches and friendly people. Street vendors sell lottery tickets, fresh fruits and vegetables, inexpensive wares and a Costa Rican treat made of shaved ice, flavored syrup, condensed milk and powdered milk known as copos. After Sunday mass each week, Heredia ’s central park comes alive with music, clowns and family festivities, drawing hundreds of the city’s residents. Additionally, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Heredia and the suburbs set up shop for traditional open- air farmer’s markets, locally known as ferias, which offer tropical fruits and local vegetables.