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The country's most significant archaeological site is a 540-acre city...

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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Historic and Mysterious site

So far no one seems to know what tribe or indigenous group built this ancient city. Since only 1% of the Costa Rican population is indigenous, little is known about them. This... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2015
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Costa Rica
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2015

So far no one seems to know what tribe or indigenous group built this ancient city. Since only 1% of the Costa Rican population is indigenous, little is known about them. This historic site was discovered by accident and it had been underground for centuries. Amazingly enough the water fountain that provided water to the whole ancient city and the... More 

4 Thank MissDWilson
Berlin, Germany
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45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2015

We arrived at Guayabo a little before closing time and had the entire site to ourselves. It was breathtaking and at the same time a little eerie. I would recommend this little piece of Costa Rican history to everyone, since it doesn't take long to visit and gives you an impression of how hard it must have been to construct... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015

This is a relatively small, well cared for historical site - we walked through the whole site in about 45 minutes, including the hike up to the lookout of the aqueducts. Much of the site has been rebuilt using original stones. There are really nice bathrooms and a little gift shop. We went in the pouring rain and you could... More 

1 Thank MarchMay
Northampton, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2015

A good afternoon spent here. Interesting, peaceful, undeveloped, Real history in a country with less history than where I'm from (UK)!

Thank Louise V
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67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2015

Guayabo is the only archaeological site of any signifigance in Costa Rica and it is a great way to spend some time if you are in the Turriabla or Orosi Valley area. You could take you time walking the trails for the full day, or combine it with tour of the Golden Bean Coffee Company. If you are lucky you... More 

2 Thank CanaTico
San Jose, Costa Rica
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

On your way to Guayabo National Park, we stopped at a small quaint, very tipical Tico restaurant and the food was delicious and sooo cheap! The art work and decoration inside the restaurant was really colorful and it displayed the way of life around the area. It was a wonderful surprise to find that there was an exotic bird display... More 

4 Thank Kitiara77
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2015

Machu Picchu this isn't...and if you go in with that mindset you'll enjoy and appreciate what it is. The ruins are just that (really mostly foundations of the houses), but the 2,500-year-old road is in excellent condition and the aqueducts still hold water. There are tombs and some paleoglyphs as well. A guide is well worth the money--very informative and... More 

5 Thank Matthew B
Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2015

The most important archeological site in Costa Rica, its water system is still working with more than 3000 years of existence, just amazing. Seems that it was a commercial center, but walking its grounds, looking at the calzada (road) which still in perfect shape, and the birding at this place is very nice as well, do not missed the chance... More 

3 Thank Costa Rica B
Cartago, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2015

The only real Pre Colombien ruins in CR besides the spheres which is another civilization a special place to stop on your wat to the beach from El Salto ecolodge which as the oldest ruins post colombien in CR!

3 Thank elsaltoeco
Rigby, Idaho
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

Small site & not overwhelming. Comfortable jungle walk on shaded paths. Gorgeous opportunity to work on your Costa Rican botany & birds!

2 Thank Patty I

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