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Guayabo National Park and Monument

Turrialba, Costa Rica
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Ancient technology

This is a national heritage site. The ancient means of water purification using rocks is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gary e
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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Rare archeological site for Costa Rica

not a lot of archeological sites of this age and nature in Costa Rica. It is nicely laid out for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a national heritage site. The ancient means of water purification using rocks is fascinating.

1  Thank gary e
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

not a lot of archeological sites of this age and nature in Costa Rica. It is nicely laid out for walking and exploring. All their signs are in Spanish and English. If you are lucky to be there when it is not cloudy, you have...More

Thank laplantes
Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

Nice place for a short walk through the jungle. Quite impressive archaeologic site. You csn spot a lot of animals.

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

Volcanoes evoke great feelings of excitement and fear. Rhizomes relatively inactive volcano spews out smoke every now and then to remind the viewers of its potential power. It is a pretty sight from a distance and a little scary up close. The setting is beautifully...More

Thank Kaiser Z
Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

In the midst of the forest, a mysterious settlement that appeared and vanished. Water treatment, market place was all do developed and you can still see the remains.

Thank arnab_gupta
Reviewed September 6, 2017

At this park there is a wildlife trail, which you can do on your own, or with a guide. There is also a trail through the archaeological site, which includes cobblestone roads, mounds that were the sites of dwellings, or other structures. The central mound...More

1  Thank James C
Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

Went with two teenagers who weren't that impressed. Yes, it is ancient but not great for their age group. We were in and out pretty quickly- 1 hour. We did it to pass a couple of hours so wasn't a must do destination for us....More

Thank Mark B
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 Normand Q
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

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April 30, 2017|
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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.
November 28, 2016|
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Response from Oscar Z | Reviewed this property |
Not to reach Guayabo National Park.
January 9, 2016|
Response from Oscar Z | Reviewed this property |
Approaching Guayabo from Turrialba is paved.