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“Interesting ruins” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Guayabo National Park and Monument

Guayabo National Park and Monument
Turrialba, Costa Rica
506-290-8202
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Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Turrialba
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Interesting ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

As is written in Lonely Planet, do not expect to see ruins like the Incas and Mayas left us. But the ruins and the surrounding forest are definately worth the drive. Imagine a Roman like aquaduct system and road (minus the cart wheel tracks) and you get the idea. Amazing to see that the ancients also knew how to create what we consider to be modern infrastructure. It shows how much we have forgotten as a species.

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“Beautiful walks, the ruins were okay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

I was far more impressed with the wildlife and flora than I was with the ruins. The history of the village and the volcano and aqueducts were fascinating, but not my favorite thing about it.
Personally did not believe the guide was worth it, but we learned a few fun facts. Better if you have a large group.
If you're in Turrialba, definitely have to check out this place. BRING BUG SPRAY!

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“Nice park for a half day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Liked the 'jungle feeling', the ruins, the drive to get to the park. If ou are in Turrialba, it is worth stopping for 1-2 hours.

Visited July 2012
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“Guayabo National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Unusual monument 1000 BC to 1400 AD with a working aqueduct. Recommend the use of a guide since monuments do not have information signs. Very interesting.

Visited June 2012
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“The Mystical Lost World..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Guayabo National Monument may not have Pyramids, but the energy and mystery surrounding these amazing ruins is incredible!

Visited January 2012
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