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Guayabo National Park and Monument

Turrialba, Costa Rica
506-290-8202
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Excellent site.

My friend and I are on mission to see most of the archaeological sites in central and South... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2016
John D
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Woking, United Kingdom
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Great for a family day

Great place to visit for the day. Drove to Guayabo with my family on a Saturday morning and it was... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2016
Kitiara77
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“worth a visit” (7 reviews)
“costa rica” (26 reviews)
“pre columbian” (4 reviews)
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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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506-290-8202
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"nice walk"
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"ancient ruins"
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"nature trail"
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"interesting history"
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"leaf cutter ants"
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

My friend and I are on mission to see most of the archaeological sites in central and South America. This is not the best but is unusual and well laid out with paths through the adjacent jungle. Well worth the journey from San Jose. Shame...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2016

Great place to visit for the day. Drove to Guayabo with my family on a Saturday morning and it was a beautiful drive, through rolling hills of green and farms. As someone already mentioned drive through Turrialba instead of Santa Rosa (approximately 12km drive thru...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2016

This seems to be the only archeological place in Costa Rica. After having seen the excavated items in the National Museum and the Jade Museum in San Jose it is really great to see where they came from. Not easy to get to - we...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2016

We decided to check out Guayabo on the way from Irazu Volcano to our B&B near Turrialba. After spending like $15 or $20 per person (4 in the car) just to drive up to the top of Irazu and walk around enjoying the chilly scenery...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2016

We went to this National Park not knowing what we would find. We found all the explanations and tours very informative. Personally, I did not like the fact that most of the exhibits were not original, but reconstructed in the last few years. Still, nice...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2016

Not one of the great sites normally mentioned but what a joy this was. Little is known about the civilisation that built here or their pupose in doing so, nevertheless it is fascinating to see the old aqueduct still operating and the cobbled road leading...More

2  Thank GibBob
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

We were so impressed with the Guayabo National Park and Monument. It was incredible to think about an ancient civilization constructing such a detailed community and having the aqueducts functioning even today is truly remarkable. I'm anxious to do more reading on this civilization.

3  Thank Terry R
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Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Here you can learn a little about the Central American history. Is better pay a guide to enjoy the program. Due to low financial resources the park lacks in better visitor assistance. There are leaving from Transtusa Bus Station in Turrialba.

2  Thank Kauê D
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Reviewed 19 January 2016

An exciting place. CR is not Rich in prehistoric places. This place in the middle of the jungle is rather impressive although not Big scale as machu pichu or the like. But the culture must have been rather advanced and that makes it interesting.

2  Thank tine_per
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

I'm too young to rent a car, so I ended up taking a bus to Turrialba then another to get to Guayabo, which proved a very long trip (the bus from Turrialba to Guayabo is slow, slow!). The site itself is interesting, but certainly no...More

1  Thank yannaik
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Vicente V
21 February 2018|
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Response from arnab_gupta | Reviewed this property |
Lots. Try the Marracuya, More Than Words. My personal favourites. There is another place good for lunch.... Soda la U. Try the special coconut risenbeans on Thursdays. For a nice mountain view, try the Turrialtico lodge. It... More
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madcttravelers
30 April 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.
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RCTravelHounds
28 November 2016|
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Response from Oscar Z | Reviewed this property |
Not to reach Guayabo National Park.
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