“Heredia is less than 10km (6miles) from San José, and yet is very different, with its own charm and colonial flavour…”
With Intercultura in Heredia you will get to know a smaller Central American city, with the many activities and nearby attractions ensuring you never get bored! The central valley of Costa Rica also provides the perfect climate to learn a new language with average temperatures of 80F/26C.
Study Spanish at our Historic Campus in Heredia. Our colonial building is a tropical oasis on the outskirts of downtown Heredia. From the moment you walk through our door, you will be welcomed in a friendly and familiar atmosphere, with beautiful tropical gardens and courtyard study areas. No matter where you are from, at Intercultura Heredia you will always feel at home. You will enjoy learning Spanish in a welcoming city environment, with very few tourists, surrounded by hills and volcanoes. Heredia’s weather is breezy and pleasantly warm year-round, ideal for both learning Spanish and exploring after school.
Intercultura’s central location within the city gives students easy access on foot to shops, entertainment and transportation. At the same time, the tranquility and natural beauty of the mountains is only a few minutes away by taxi or bus. From school, students are no more than a few minutes on foot from a variety of services, including: Olympic-size swimming pool, gyms, yoga studios, bars, restaurants, basketball courts, discotheques, the National University’s theatre and grounds, the post office, daycares, banks, football fields, clinics and more. Heredia has something for everyone: students, families, professionals and retirees all find plenty to keep them busy during their stay here, and our variety of wonderful and friendly homestay families provides a home away from home for the duration of the program.
THE CITY OF HEREDIA
Heredia is an important cultural center for Costa Rica, and has managed to retain a typical Latin American “pueblo” feel despite increasing modernization. The colonial church and its central plaza, only 4 blocks from school, are still a favorite meeting place for Heredia’s inhabitants, old and young. It is home to the National University and only 20 minutes from the airport and the capital city of San José. Known as the “City of Flowers” for the colourful, tropical vegetation in the surrounding mountains, Heredia provides the convenience and manageability of a smaller city (pop. 75,000) in an environment that has escaped to a large extent the normal urban problems affecting the capital. As tourism is minimal to non-existent in Heredia, students experience a truly authentic cultural and linguistic immersion during their stay here.
Easily accessible from the city are San José’s museums and galleries, the nearby Poás and Barva volcanoes and, further afield, Costa Rica’s numerous beaches and national parks. While learning the Spanish language during the week, you may thoroughly explore the country’s natural wonders, world renowned for their beauty and biodiversity, on the weekends. Heredia’s proximity to transportation hubs such as the airport and the central bus stations in San José make it an ideal base for your stay here. We highly recommend a week or more in Heredia before moving to the beach campus!
THE PROVINCE OF HEREDIA
The province of Heredia is the coffee-growing capital of Costa Rica, and in the countryside you will still occasionally see loaded ox-carts bringing in the beans from the coffee plantations characteristic of the green mountainsides. In the nearby rural villages you will witness a way of life very different to that of the cities, and can see vestiges of the old colonial architecture once typical in the entire central valley. Nearby places such as Barva and San Rafael provide an wonderful experience of typical small-town Latin lifestyles, where you can participate in village festivals, buy fruits at the local farmers’ markets or simply walk around and practice your Spanish with the locals.