Guayabo National Park and Monument, Turrialba

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#2 of 6 in Historic Sites 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. Before you head to Turrialba, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Turrialba trip itinerary maker site , to make sure you see all that Turrialba has to offer, including Guayabo National Park and Monument.
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  • This piece of history is situated in a beautiful piece of nature. During the walk through the park there were many animal species and birds spotted. A guide is recommended. This tells you about the history of this place and spot the clogged animals for you.
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  • The ride is rather entertaining with interesting scenery and a lot of holes on the floor. The entrance to the Park is has only 5usd. The interest of the place is the rather well restored archaeological site. The ballad in the forest is nice.
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  • This is one of the most important archeological site in Costa Rica, but it may leave you a little disappointed. I am not sure I would go out of my way to go here unless I was in the area. There has ce...  more »

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