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It is located 3 km north of Heredia. It was named in honor of Barvak, an indigenous chief who ruled the area before the arrival of the Spanish.
It is divided into six political districts: Barva, Santa Lucía, San José de la Montaña, San Pedro, San Roque, and Puente Salas. The city is known for having a nice mix of rural and metropolitan landscape.