Getting Around Heredia
Most of Heredia is easily traveled on foot, which is often the most convenient and interesting way to explore the town. Heredia is fairly compact and sights, cafes, and shopping can all be accessed conveniently on foot. Some homestays, are located within walking distance to the university and various restaurants and cafes. The city is fairly hilly, so get ready for a good workout. It is important to remember when navigating Heredia, that Costa Ricans do not use addresses as we know them in the United States. Locations are known by landmarks and by distance to that place from various landmarks. So be prepared to locate places based on this. To learn more about different ways to navigate Heredia please read the descriptions below.
-Be aware of independent drivers, called Piratas, who may offer you a ride. All official taxis are orange/red and have a yellow triangle on the side.
-Some taxi drivers, realizing that you are not a local, will try to overcharge you (just as with anywhere in the world). It is easy to avoid this. All official taxis should have a meter inside, called a "maría". When you get in, simply ask the taxi driver "¿Tiene maría?" o "¿puede poner la maría?", and he will turn on the meter, which will calculate a correct and fair charge for your trip.
-Before you get into the cab, you should tell the driver where you want to go to make sure they know how to get there.
-If you find a taxi driver that you like, ask for his card. The next time you need a taxi, call ahead and request him/her.
-If at any time you feel unsafe in a taxi do not hesitate to ask the driver to stop, pay him, and then get out of the taxi.