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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  • I am a native of Turrialba, but although I lived here from my five years to twenty-nine years of age he had never visited the Guayabo archeological monument. Thirty years I moved to another city and thus be able to offer better opportunities for my children... with the household, the care of my children and working many hours in my profession of years I went. Until I retired I found the ease of travel to know my country, I have fortunately managed to visit many beautiful places that didn't even know its location and occasionally or knew of its existence. When visit this beautiful monument in the middle of mountains, a climate fresh that distributes that feeling of life, purity, and to the same time I gave the feeling of that there is met the knowledge in the execution of those mounds of stone. Using in naive that interpret only is possible by a be Almighty given to them inhabitants of those times so could survive taking advantage of them resources that les surrounded with tools built by their own hands with much patience, with its initiative managed to carry the water to each hut using stones with the decline just, them booted cobbled that communicated between itself all the community , preserving the forest without felling trees, recognizing the value that are for the preservation of our planet, without forgetting the great need we have human beings interact among us... in all that thought, because the place was a center of meeting many inhabitants scattered in different directions. Today do not find in this place native who created such beautiful architecture is surrounded by many who have managed to preserve intact this gem while respecting each space. And also providing with his humility, meals and a cute smile to greet those who visit them. Simply beautiful!
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  • A site with spectacular views and an ancient atmosphere of the culture there dwelt. In each of the buildings preserved in good condition, it can be traced back to bygone days. An incredible place to visit as a couple. To take into account, the tour lasts no more than 2 hours and there are many visitors that do not respect signals not to cross only for a perfect selfie.
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  • We were on our way to Rancho Naturalista and decided to take the long route that diverted into the countryside instead of the highway. Good choice. We saw a lot of beautiful countryside and then route...  more »
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  • Uncovered ruins to the east, Monumento Nacional Guayabo, circles labeled Monticulo Central.
  • It is world heritage of engineering. It is amazing that after so many years still the aqueduct is running. It is a magical place.
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  • Beautiful place now this paved the road
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  • The correct name of this protected wilderness area is Guayabo national monument and is located 19 km northwest of the town of Turrialba. The hours are open daily from 8 am to 3:30 pm without exception. Currently (August 2016), charges an admission of ¢ 1000.oo adult colones, ¢ national children 500.oo and $ $5.oo dollars non-residents. You can camp by paying a $ right. $ 2.OO per night per person.
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  • Important place to know more about the culture and engineering applied by those ancestors Costa Rican
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