We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Guayabo National Park and Monument

Turrialba, Costa Rica
Review Highlights
Similar to Kuelap in north of Peru

Not to much information about those native amerindian in between 2 empires, the restauration is... read more

Reviewed May 2, 2017
Montreal, Canada
Glorious Guayabo!

This is an interesting national park. They are still excavating and exploring the areas once... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2017
Bryan N
Read all 270 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
The country's most significant archaeological site is a 540-acre city occupied between 1000 B.C. and A.D. 1400.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
Turrialba, Costa Rica
Write a Review
Reviews (270)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 121 reviews

Reviewed May 2, 2017

Not to much information about those native amerindian in between 2 empires, the restauration is basic,good for an hour. They make new trail in the forest but there is few bird in it, they should start to give fresh fruit regulareley to make them nest...More

Thank normandquinty
Reviewed April 30, 2017

This is an interesting national park. They are still excavating and exploring the areas once inhabited by local Costa Ricans pre-European exploration. The people left this area around 1400 A.D. It is not an easy place to get to and it takes time to traverse...More

Thank Bryan N
Reviewed April 16, 2017

Saw this on the map and took a diversion to investigate - quite a long steep windy road to get there but the views are incredible so it's a great drive in itself. It is sign posted as you get near. There are 2 walks...More

Thank 4dchops
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

I'm just make a visit and no to far they are gonna open a new trail very nice place do a mourning or afternoon trip I like it

Thank Juan Carlos R
Reviewed March 19, 2017

We nearly didn’t go here because if we had taken the bus from Turrialba, it would have taken us most of the day and we didn’t know whether it would sufficiently sustain our interest. However we were offered a lift and when we ran out...More

Thank travelzest2017
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Our walk through the park included a lot of birds (about half of the time) but the rest was spent on explaining the excavations of early indigenous life. These are not impressive like you find on the Yucatan but rather basic structures like water channels,...More

Thank Ugurd
Reviewed March 13, 2017

I was unaware any ancient ruins existed in Costa Rica until I saw signs in and around Turrialba pointing the way. Took a taxi to the site and was very happy I did. The paths to the lookout and on down to and through the...More

1  Thank katemc350
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Our guide was very well informed and gave us lots to think about as we walked among the ruins. Of special interest were the old water system and the ruler straight ancient stone road - perhaps the only straight road in Costa Rica!

Thank J_R_C2016_17
Reviewed February 15, 2017

My boyfriend and I backpacked here. We stayed in our tent one night then hiked the monument the next morning. All in all it was a good trip. Just know to bring your own food, as the nearest restaurant to the monument that was open...More

Thank Laci A
Reviewed February 11, 2017

We stayed at the Guayabo Lodge, which was very nice. Lovely area to drive around in. We enjoyed walking around the monument and seeing the ruins. We saw a very active sloth in a tree at the ruins.

Thank snorkelerNan
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Wok and Roll
55 reviews
4.71 miles away
Betico Mata
46 reviews
4.91 miles away
Pasteleria Merayo
7 reviews
4.89 miles away
Restaurante Nazca
29 reviews
4.42 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Exploradores Outdoors
576 reviews
13.09 miles away
House of the Dreamer - Casa Del Sonador
8 reviews
13.41 miles away
El Copal Reserve
20 reviews
13.57 miles away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How long is the drive from San Jose?
April 30, 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Silvian H | Reviewed this property |
If you leave from downtown San Jose, the estimated time to get to Guayabo may range between 2:00 and 2:45 hours. It is worth it. Have a safe trip.
Hello, Is a 4x4 vehicle required to visit?
November 28, 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Oscar Z | Reviewed this property |
Not to reach Guayabo National Park.
Can you be more specific on which road is paved and which road is rough? We will be coming from Tortugero.
January 9, 2016|
Response from Oscar Z | Reviewed this property |
Approaching Guayabo from Turrialba is paved.