Guayabo National Park and Monument, Turrialba
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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.
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  • If you are in the area do not miss it. It is a nice, though humid, short circle walk through a nice tropical rain forrest that takes you close to the ruins of early native Costa Rican Indians. The pla...  more »
  • This is just a small portion of the secrets hidden by the jungle of what our indigenous people had built Pre-Hispanic times. Surrounded by nature lies a fantastic feat of Engineering. Although most of...  more »
  • The Guayabo national monument is located approximately 18 km from the center of Turrialba from which you can reach even in public transport (there is a line of buses Turrialba-guava) and it's an archaeological find which corresponded to a city inhabited until shortly before the arrival of the Spaniards and which has received the recognition of Civil engineering heritage by their aqueducts. There is an organization of local residents (or sure) that provide the service of guides with price differential for nationals or foreigners to offering a guided tour of approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with explanations very thoughtful and enjoyable and that can be hired in advance or upon arrival at the Park. In October during a Saturday and a Sunday close to October 12 is a "mystical"night tour must be hired before. Facilities include restrooms, a gift shop and area for camping, parking should be at the edge of the right-of-way although we were told to expect for the coming year to enable a parking area. On the outskirts of the facilities residents local offer meals and some small crafts especially with figures suggestive archaeological finds from the site.
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