Guayabo National Park and Monument, Turrialba

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#2 of 13 in Parks 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 is a national heritage site. The ancient means of water purification using rocks is fascinating.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Our lodge was not so far away, we went there. Everything was built with much love and work. But unfortunately, you can see that the country would no longer invest in your ancient history. Because it would certainly still much more there. The trail is very nice and not too long. All signs are in English/Spanish with explanations. The $5 admission are full right. On the road one goes on the car and clean restrooms are located there as well. That way there go and 'Offer' fit, you should really consider. The one there is out two ways there was an adventure tour (must be 4 x 4) the other was alright
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  • 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.
  • A must go for any tourist, local and foreign.
  • Fantastic day out together and really enjoyed to see remain of indigenous Costa Rican life up close. Excellent information boards are all along the track explaining all the different sights and constructions at the monument.
  • Here you can learn a little about Costa Rica's pre-Columbian history. Is better pay a guide to enjoy the program because there are more things to listen than to see. Due to low financial resources the park lacks in better visitor assistance. There are buses leaving Transtusa Bus Station in Turrialba every day.

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