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AltaVista's Guidebook

Sightseeing
A 15-minute drive from AltaVista. Penetrate Heredia's mountains and breathe some fresh air. You can have a walk through the hiking trails or have a picnic and enjoy the green areas.
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Bosque de la Hoja
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A 15-minute drive from AltaVista. Penetrate Heredia's mountains and breathe some fresh air. You can have a walk through the hiking trails or have a picnic and enjoy the green areas.
A 20-minute drive from AltaVista. Penetrate Heredia's mountains and breathe some fresh air. You can have a walk through the hiking trails or have a picnic. Great views of the Central Valley.
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Monte de la Cruz
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A 20-minute drive from AltaVista. Penetrate Heredia's mountains and breathe some fresh air. You can have a walk through the hiking trails or have a picnic. Great views of the Central Valley.
Located 1-hour away from AltaVista, Waterfall Gardens is beautiful! It has an animal rescue center, waterfalls, restaurant, souvenir shop, and a hotel. You can have lunch at Waterfall Gardens or at a restaurant along the road.
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park
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Located 1-hour away from AltaVista, Waterfall Gardens is beautiful! It has an animal rescue center, waterfalls, restaurant, souvenir shop, and a hotel. You can have lunch at Waterfall Gardens or at a restaurant along the road.
El Fortín is an architectural icon of the city of Heredia. It was built in 1876 and declared a national monument in 1974.
El Fortín
El Fortín is an architectural icon of the city of Heredia. It was built in 1876 and declared a national monument in 1974.
Located 1-hour away from AltaVista. The drive there is absolutely gorgeous! It's near La Paz Waterfall, so I recommend doing both on the same day. Please acquire your entrance ticket to Poas Volcano in advance.
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Vulcão Poás
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Located 1-hour away from AltaVista. The drive there is absolutely gorgeous! It's near La Paz Waterfall, so I recommend doing both on the same day. Please acquire your entrance ticket to Poas Volcano in advance.
Irazú volcano is located in the province of Cartago, 1 hour and 40 minutes away from AltaVista. You can actually see the volcano from the apartment's windows. There are many restaurants on your way up to the volcano. Buy the entrance ticket in advance.
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Vulcão Irazú
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Irazú volcano is located in the province of Cartago, 1 hour and 40 minutes away from AltaVista. You can actually see the volcano from the apartment's windows. There are many restaurants on your way up to the volcano. Buy the entrance ticket in advance.
Located 1-hour drive away from AltaVista. Perfect place for those who like to hike in the mountains.
Volcan Barva - Heredia, Costa Rica
Located 1-hour drive away from AltaVista. Perfect place for those who like to hike in the mountains.
The Orosi Valley is just beautiful and this viewpoint is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy. There are picnic tables for you to bring your own food and drinks (alcoholic beverages are not allowed). It's located 1 hour away from AltaVista, in the province of Cartago.
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Mirador de Orosi
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The Orosi Valley is just beautiful and this viewpoint is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy. There are picnic tables for you to bring your own food and drinks (alcoholic beverages are not allowed). It's located 1 hour away from AltaVista, in the province of Cartago.
Food scene
Just a 5-minute drive from AltaVista you can find Costa Rica's first gourmet coffee roaster. They offer coffee tours and have a nice cafeteria. We recommend the Classic Coffee Tour + Lunch.
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Britt Coffee Tour
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Just a 5-minute drive from AltaVista you can find Costa Rica's first gourmet coffee roaster. They offer coffee tours and have a nice cafeteria. We recommend the Classic Coffee Tour + Lunch.
Only a 10-minute drive from AltaVista. The mall has many stores, a food court, as well as restaurants a la carte. It is pet-friendly and has plenty of outdoor spaces to sit down and relax.
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Oxygen Mall
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Only a 10-minute drive from AltaVista. The mall has many stores, a food court, as well as restaurants a la carte. It is pet-friendly and has plenty of outdoor spaces to sit down and relax.
Just a 7-minute drive from AltaVista. The plaza has an Automercado supermarket, department stores, and restaurants like Hooter’s, Nacion Sushi, Dogzilla Burgers, and Chuck E. Cheese.
Plaza Bratsi
Just a 7-minute drive from AltaVista. The plaza has an Automercado supermarket, department stores, and restaurants like Hooter’s, Nacion Sushi, Dogzilla Burgers, and Chuck E. Cheese.
Located in downtown Heredia. It offers great frozen drinks and crepes. I personally love the frozen cappuccino with torta chilena.
Entre-Nous
Located in downtown Heredia. It offers great frozen drinks and crepes. I personally love the frozen cappuccino with torta chilena.
Located in the mountains of Barva, 20 minutes away from AltaVista. I recommend ordering chicharrones (fried pork) or chifrijo (bowl containing rice, beans, fried pork, and pico de gallo)
Bar Pianos
Located in the mountains of Barva, 20 minutes away from AltaVista. I recommend ordering chicharrones (fried pork) or chifrijo (bowl containing rice, beans, fried pork, and pico de gallo)
This artisan bakery offers fresh bread and pastries. They occasionally offer fresh pizza as well. They are located 5 minutes away from AltaVista.
Passiflory
This artisan bakery offers fresh bread and pastries. They occasionally offer fresh pizza as well. They are located 5 minutes away from AltaVista.
The most popular ice cream store in Costa Rica. From AltaVista you can visit the one in San Rafael or the one in Plaza Heredia. My personal favorites are the frozen cappuccino and the pistachio ice cream.
Pops
The most popular ice cream store in Costa Rica. From AltaVista you can visit the one in San Rafael or the one in Plaza Heredia. My personal favorites are the frozen cappuccino and the pistachio ice cream.
Great ice cream in downtown Heredia. My favorite is the fruit salad with ice cream. Bring cash as they don't accept credit/debit cards.
Heladería El Crucero
Great ice cream in downtown Heredia. My favorite is the fruit salad with ice cream. Bring cash as they don't accept credit/debit cards.
The best ceviche in town!!! Located less than a 15-minute drive from AltaVista. They have a restaurant and also a takeaway window at the side.
El Pescadito
The best ceviche in town!!! Located less than a 15-minute drive from AltaVista. They have a restaurant and also a takeaway window at the side.
Great stop on your way to Poas Volcano or La Paz Waterfall. Live the local experience! I recommend strawberry shake and olla carne (meat soup).
Gustos y Sabores
Great stop on your way to Poas Volcano or La Paz Waterfall. Live the local experience! I recommend strawberry shake and olla carne (meat soup).
Local bakery located in an old Costa Rican house. A 7-minute drive from AltaVista. I really enjoy having breakfast here!
Panadería Casa Vieja
Local bakery located in an old Costa Rican house. A 7-minute drive from AltaVista. I really enjoy having breakfast here!
Lovely restaurant located 20 minutes away from AltaVista.
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Casa Antigua
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Lovely restaurant located 20 minutes away from AltaVista.
Great coffee place in Heredia, next to Oxigeno Mall.
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Kawah Cafe
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Great coffee place in Heredia, next to Oxigeno Mall.
Excellent choice to enjoy a pinto (rice and beans), with eggs, cheese, sweet plantains, and tortilla! Located in Heredia downtown.
La Tortillería de Heredia
Excellent choice to enjoy a pinto (rice and beans), with eggs, cheese, sweet plantains, and tortilla! Located in Heredia downtown.
Located at a 5-minute drive from AltaVista. This restaurant is specialized in Costa Rican food. It’s an old house filled with historical items. I recommend having coffee, cheese tortilla, or the typical chifrijo (bowl containing rice, beans, fried pork, and pico de gallo)
Restaurante Casona de mi Tierra
Located at a 5-minute drive from AltaVista. This restaurant is specialized in Costa Rican food. It’s an old house filled with historical items. I recommend having coffee, cheese tortilla, or the typical chifrijo (bowl containing rice, beans, fried pork, and pico de gallo)
Supermarket
This supermarket is a 2-minute drive away from AltaVista (550 mts). This is the cheapest option, walking distance from the apartment. Food options might be limited, but still convenient. Bring your own bags. If not, you might be lucky and be able to get cardboard boxes to pack your groceries. Reusable bags are also available for purchase.
Palí
This supermarket is a 2-minute drive away from AltaVista (550 mts). This is the cheapest option, walking distance from the apartment. Food options might be limited, but still convenient. Bring your own bags. If not, you might be lucky and be able to get cardboard boxes to pack your groceries. Reusable bags are also available for purchase.
This supermarket is located a 3-minute drive from AltaVista. It has a much wider variety of products, like fresh bread, wines, cheeses, desserts, etc. It also has a cafeteria and a small section of Costa Rican souvenirs. You could also order your groceries online.
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Auto Mercado
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This supermarket is located a 3-minute drive from AltaVista. It has a much wider variety of products, like fresh bread, wines, cheeses, desserts, etc. It also has a cafeteria and a small section of Costa Rican souvenirs. You could also order your groceries online.
There are two Walmart's in Heredia, both of them located at a 10-minute drive from AltaVista. Very convenient prices and variety.
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Walmart
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There are two Walmart's in Heredia, both of them located at a 10-minute drive from AltaVista. Very convenient prices and variety.
Pricesmart is the equivalent to Costco in Costa Rica. It's located 10 minutes away from AltaVista. It does require a membership, but if your looking for volume and quality it's a great option.
PriceSmart
Pricesmart is the equivalent to Costco in Costa Rica. It's located 10 minutes away from AltaVista. It does require a membership, but if your looking for volume and quality it's a great option.