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Guayabo National Park and Monument

Turrialba, Costa Rica
506-290-8202
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in Turrialba
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Mysterious Sites, Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues
Description: The country's most significant archaeological site is a 540-acre city occupied between 1000 B.C. and A.D. 1400.
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great ruins from the past. Lost city in the mountains. It was truly beautiful be prepared to walk alot, dress comfy

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Lund, Sverige
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

In the middle of the rain Forests rest the remains of a lost civilisation with aqueducts, trails reching out hundred kilometers out into Costa Rica. The civilisation at Guayabo endured for over tousand years, where not part of any of the large indian civilizaions in central america and disolved Before the spanish invaded, impressive in many ways. A good Place... More

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Santiago, Chile
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

if you don't like archeology, you don't have to go as there is not much to see : a few tombs along the path, a nice overlooking view on the village. Hiring a local guide can be a good idea as you will be more knowledgeable at the end : there are no posterrs with information. and taking a guide... More

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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

When you go to Guayabo you will hike through the rain forest on a trail and see tombs with the roots of the strangler figs reaching inside. You will see petroglyphs and when you get to the top of the trail there is a place to sit where you can see the village below with the forest all around! You... More

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Atenas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Guayabo is not the only Costa Rican National Monument (try Google) and it is located east of San Jose, not west. It's an interesting and pleasant 1 1/2 hour walk through excavated portions of a truly ancient city. The infrastructure (i.e. walking paths, bathrooms, picnic facilities and observation areas) are excellent. The wide, graveled paths are an easy walk, even... More

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Guayabo is the only Costa Rican National Monument, although some other places also lay claim to that title. It is located west of San José, north of the city of Turrialba. There are tours, some in the small buses called turismos. The last few miles are a little bumpy, but it is entirely accessible by an ordinary vehicle. It has... More

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Archeologists are still working here. The infrastructure is great: signage, picnic area, trails and bathrooms. Foundations, roads, tombs, carved stones and water conduits and ponds have all been uncovered. We saw only a few other people on the trail. Enjoy the birds, butterflies, dragonflies and flowering plants and trees along the paths. Stop at the view point and imagine the... More

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El Valle de Anton, Panama
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Entering the palapa to pay, there were many maps and boards full of information about the site. It appeared it was only the two of us and the rest were workers/volunteers. It was interesting to sit there and imagine all of these people living their daily lives out there. We came across one place where the rocks were numbered (not... More

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San Vito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Since our last visit probably 15 years ago, a huge amount of work has been done at this site and it is very high quality. The trails are easy to follow and have many informational signs in Spanish and English. The main view of the ancient 'village' is impressive. The trails go through a nice forest that has many species... More

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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is a arqueological site, great oportunity to take a look of the pass. Great walk, inside a rain forest, with a lot of history, a must do trip if you are in Costa Rica. Rains a lot, so bring "ponchos" and a spare set of clothes. Great experience

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