Guayabo National Park and Monument, Turrialba

4.5
#2 of 13 in Parks in Province of Cartago
Uncover the mysterious terrain of Guayabo National Park and Monument, the largest archaeological site in Costa Rica. Still largely un-excavated, the 232 ha (573.2 acre) site was once a thriving city, occupied as early as 1000 BC and inexplicably abandoned in 1400 CE. Weave your way through the remaining ruins of the city’s dwellings, aqueducts, and tombs, and keep an eye out for enchanting petroglyphs. A ramble around the mystical monument, surrounded by one of the last rainforests of its kind in Cartago, provides an authentic excursion into an ancient part of the country’s heritage. Plan your visit to Guayabo National Park and Monument and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Turrialba vacation generator.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Very beautiful place, looks that they have preserved it very well, a ride difrente, cultural and learning for children also.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Went with two teenagers who weren't that impressed. Yes, it is ancient but not great for their age group. We were in and out pretty quickly- 1 hour. We did it to pass a couple of hours so wasn't a mus...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    Somewhere beautiful and extraordinarily full of teaching. It is a place where we will live the extraordinary work of our ancestors in turrialba remember a place with experiences to remember
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  • February 3, 2017
    This was a great hike. Lots of ruins. This was a great stop.
  • November 7, 2016
    It should be mandatory for all Costa Rican high school students to visit this site. Our Pre-Columbian heritage, the Engineering expertise of our native ancestors all come to life. It takes a while to get here, but it is well worth it. Just make sure you pay for the guided tour, you'll enjoy you visit even more.
  • June 5, 2017
    A must go for any tourist, local and foreign.
  • January 30, 2016
    Fantastic day out together and really enjoyed to see remain of indigenous Costa Rican life up close. Excellent information boards are all along the track explaining all the different sights and constructions at the monument.
  • April 25, 2016
    Here you can learn a little about Costa Rica's pre-Columbian history. Is better pay a guide to enjoy the program because there are more things to listen than to see. Due to low financial resources the park lacks in better visitor assistance. There are buses leaving Transtusa Bus Station in Turrialba every day.

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