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Guayabo National Park and Monument

Turrialba, Costa Rica
506-290-8202
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Turrialba
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Mysterious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: The country's most significant archaeological site is a 540-acre city occupied between 1000 B.C...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Mysterious Sites, Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Outdoors
Owner 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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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

The first thing you see when you enter the park, is a wide smooth stone road (all excavated, and rebuilt by volunteers) which is better than many of Central America’s national highways. The ancient people who used this road built it for show. They didn’t have domestic animals yet, or carts but wanted to show off to surrounding towns. The... More 

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Herradura, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

One does not expect archeological sites in Costa Rica and clearly this is not Tikal but there is a great feeling of serenity about it,and the whole situation breathes calm and beauty.It is advisable to hire a guide who will show you the site and a few additional tidbits (engraved stones).One is taken in by the quiet majesty of the... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It was a nice day trip from San Jose, its a quick visit as there is not much to see, but the monument is interesting and very nice to see a little of the past of our country and see how smart and resourceful people were. This site was declared an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I did not really know what to expect and had read some poor reviews about this park. To be honest I enjoyed the visit a lot. Park entrance is cheap and for $10 extra you can have a private guide walk you through and share part of their historical knowledge. Apart from the ruins and impressive aqueduct structure we enjoyed... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is quite impressive when you remind yourself how old the ruins really are. The paths are well taken care of and it has nice surroundings filled with birds. The roads to get here from the North are a little rough so it it best if you approach it from the South.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Frankly, the archeological site is not much interesting. Unless you love to see old stones.. But it has a nice atmosphere and beautiful nature all around so if nothing else, it is a beautiful walk with many flowers and birds.

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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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4 helpful votes 4 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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