Guayabo National Park and Monument, Turrialba

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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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  • Not to much information about those native amerindian in between 2 empires, the restauration is basic,good for an hour. They make new trail in the forest but there is few bird in it, they should start...  more »
  • This is an interesting national park. They are still excavating and exploring the areas once inhabited by local Costa Ricans pre-European exploration. The people left this area around 1400 A.D. It is ...  more »
  • Saw this on the map and took a diversion to investigate - quite a long steep windy road to get there but the views are incredible so it's a great drive in itself. It is sign posted as you get near. Th...  more »
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  • This was a great hike. Lots of ruins. This was a great stop.
  • 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.
  • A must go for any tourist, local and foreign.
  • 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.
  • 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.