El Mercado en Heredia Costa Rica

Lychee Fruit - Delicioso

Yesterday, after four hours of intense Spanish instruction, we had a muddle of verb tenses running through our heads. The director of activities at CPI, Adrian, had just the ticket to clear the cobwebs: A walking tour of downtown Heredia. About 10 of us signed up for this excursion, which commenced on a public bus ride from our location in San Joaquin de Flores. The bus cost about $.40 and was an express – it took about 15 minutes to get “up the hill” where, incidentally, it was a few degrees cooler because of the elevation change. We saw several sights in this area, but for me the most memorable by far, was our visit to El Mercado.  Encompassing  an entire city block, this is a covered area with many many stalls and vendor selling fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, fish, portk, tortillas and mucho mas!  We got to sample lychee and freshly prepared cheese tortillas.  Other interesting sites included a whole pig carcass on display, ditto for the whole stomach of a cow, MANY bins of all kinds of beans, corn, rice, dog food (!), fish heads, strings of sausage hanging from the rafters.  There were also many Ticos out shopping which created a confusing and interesting din of activity.

Fresh cheese tortillas from El Mercado de Heredia - Delicioso!!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TammyM
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 05:56:59

    Wow .. love the photo of the Lychee Fruit and .. so glad you are delighting us with the colorful descriptions of this visit to town ..I wish I could have fit into your suitcase ….. the markets there sound like they are just something you’d love… You are coming back here aren’t you?? haha


    • Kathleen Roper
      Jun 15, 2011 @ 19:46:53

      Yes, it was right up my alley! Today I went to cooking class and we made tortillas and yummy filling with meat and vegetables.


  2. TammyM
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 21:46:14

    I want to hear more about the food and the dining experience .. ok I just want to hear about every single detail .. haha …. think of it this way .. if you write about it here you won’t have to worry about what you may have forgotten haha .. because it will all be here!! I’m just afraid that once all the wild adventures start .. you’ll forget all of the less exciting parts haha !!!


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