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Heredia

Heredia is a province of Costa Rica, located in the north-central part of the country. To the north it borders Nicaragua, to the east with the province of Limón, to the south with the province of San José and to the west with the province of Alajuela. Due to its territorial extension, Heredia is the smallest province of Costa Rica, representing 5.20% of the national territory. It is divided into 10 cantons. Geographically, the province is located to the north in the lowlands of the Northern Plains, while in the center-south it is crossed by the Central Volcanic mountain range. The south of the province is located in the Central Valley, and is part of the Greater Metropolitan Area.

Despite being the smallest province in the country, Heredia is the fourth most populous province in the country, with a total of 433,677 inhabitants, representing 10.08% of Costa Rica. Heredia represented for a long time the coffee heart of Costa Rica with its large plantations called "grain of gold", although today, many of these coffee plantations have given way to residential, commercial and industrial projects, making Heredia the home of large companies and real estate developments. Its temperature ranges from warm and humid in the north of the province, to cold climate in its mountainous areas and temperate zones in the Central Valley area. The capital of the province is the city of Heredia, known as the "City of Flowers." This city is located 10 kilometers from the capital of Costa Rica, the city of San José, and 12 kilometers from the city of Alajuela.

The province of Heredia is rich in colonial tradition. Within its modernism, it is perceived, for its old adobe houses with roofed roofs and its Spanish architecture, a singular extension of colonial elements. From a point of view of popular culture and folklore, Heredia is called the Province of Flowers, not only because of the presence or cultivation of flowers, but because of the reference to the large number of people with the surname "Flores".