Guayabo National Park and Monument, Turrialba

4.3
#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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  • Lovely walk and an informative visit considering not too much is known about this obscure civilization.  more »
  • There is something fascinating about this place It is smaller than in many countries and there is so much more that they could discover but they have maintained a balance at keeping the area preserved...  more »
  • The place was fascinating but you really need a guide to explain everything. We had one through our hotel and Jorge has been a guide there for 20 years. There are signs that explain areas with English...  more »
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