Central Valley Sights



Barva de Heredia

Barva de Heredia Review

About 3 km (2 miles) due north of Heredia, this colonial town is famous for mask-making and for its Parque Central, still surrounded by the original adobe buildings with Spanish-tile roofs on three sides, and a white-stucco church to the east. The park is filled with whimsical sculptures, including a park bench shaped like an entire seated family, and bizarre masks and clown's heads decorating garbage receptacles. A new amphitheater and stage stand ready for the annual mask festival held every August. The stout, handsome church with terra-cotta bas-relief flourishes dates from the late 18th century and has a lovely grotto shrine to the Virgin Mary in the church garden. On a clear day you can see verdant Volcán Barva towering to the north.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 3 km (2 miles) north of Heredia, Barva de Heredia, 40201
  • Location: Heredia
Updated: 03-14-2013

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