Guayabo National Park and Monument, Turrialba

(4.5/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Turrialba itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Turrialba

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Turrialba by other users

13 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ISRAEL April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 25 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM FRANCE March, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 54 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM BELGIUM March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 43 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CAYMAN ISLANDS March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 19 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM MALTA November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The site is extraordinary for who loves the pre-Columbian culture and nature. It does not offer good choices of food, street stalls, fruit and snacks of package, so go prepared or search where to eat at the end of the visit.
    View original
  • Our guide was very well informed and gave us lots to think about as we walked among the ruins. Of special interest were the old water system and the ruler straight ancient stone road - perhaps the onl...  more »
  • Quite isolated, this archaeological site is well highlighted and the circular trail that allows to visit is very pleasant. You will never find a lot of people on this site that is still worth trying.
    View original
Google
  • 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.
    View original
  • Beautiful place now this paved the road
    View original
  • 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.
    View original
  • Important place to know more about the culture and engineering applied by those ancestors Costa Rican
    View original