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 was my second time visiting and I honestly do not understand why Costarican people do not go here. This is probably the only real historic gem of Costa Rica and both times we were received good a...  more »
  • This is flat site in both geography and interest. Very little explanation of the stones you're looking at. No example of the houses or huts they must have lived in. Not worth a long drive but if in th...  more »
  • site that provides an overview of the life of the natives before the Spanish conquest, so a good look at that time pre Colombian =
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  • not a lot of archeological sites of this age and nature in Costa Rica. It is nicely laid out for walking and exploring. All their signs are in Spanish and English. If you are lucky to be there when it is not cloudy, you have a magnificent view of Volcán Turrialba. the drive out there is a little "rustic" if you take the northern route. Mostly paved if you take the southern route, but a great way to see the country side. there is actually a camp ground across the road from it too. When we were there, there was a nice woman selling souvenirs on the street.
  • Great place to understand more about Costa Rica's old civilizations
  • Awesome. Sloths, nature, cool ruins.
  • 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.

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