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Guayabo National Park and Monument

Turrialba, Costa Rica
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A lost gem!

This was my second time visiting and I honestly do not understand why Costarican people do not go... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Jose, Costa Rica
via mobile
Not much to see

This is flat site in both geography and interest. Very little explanation of the stones you're... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Shelley H
Stow, MA
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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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  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second time visiting and I honestly do not understand why Costarican people do not go here. This is probably the only real historic gem of Costa Rica and both times we were received good attention! Our kids loved the nature and flora...More

Thank mjhvanrossum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is flat site in both geography and interest. Very little explanation of the stones you're looking at. No example of the houses or huts they must have lived in. Not worth a long drive but if in the area, worth a 40 minute visit.

Thank Shelley H
Reviewed 28 November 2017

One cannot help but be impressed by the level of sofistication of the aqueducts and roads tha t have survived since 1500 BC. Remarkablw

Thank riverviewarts
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank gary e
Reviewed 4 November 2017

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 10 October 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 29 September 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 19 September 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 7 September 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 8 August 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
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1 May 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.
29 November 2016|
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Response from Oscar Z | Reviewed this property |
Not to reach Guayabo National Park.
10 January 2016|
Response from Oscar Z | Reviewed this property |
Approaching Guayabo from Turrialba is paved.