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Guayabo National Park and Monument

Turrialba, Costa Rica
506-290-8202
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Fascinating insight into the past

We didn't have great expectations of this visit which was included in the itinerary by our trip... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ewingston
,
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Pleasant surprise

We were in the area and were looking for a nice hike so we decided to visit Guayabo National Park... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
MLOMIA
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Lynchburg, Tennessee
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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.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • 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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"worth a visit"
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"costa rica"
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"pre columbian"
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"archaeological site"
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"nice walk"
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"ancient ruins"
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"picnic area"
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"information panels"
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"nature trail"
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"an english speaking guide"
in 2 reviews
"interesting history"
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"leaf cutter ants"
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"beautiful countryside"
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"san jose"
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"entrance fee"
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"flora and fauna"
in 3 reviews
"turrialba volcano"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't have great expectations of this visit which was included in the itinerary by our trip organisers but thanks to our excellent "girl" guide, we learned a great deal of the history and background of this ancient site, much of which is still unknown...More

Thank Ewingston
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the area and were looking for a nice hike so we decided to visit Guayabo National Park. The park was very well maintained and the trail around the site is well defined and easy to maneuver. There were some steps. The trail...More

Thank MLOMIA
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful guide Rosa who was knowledgeable about the history, the archeology of the site, and the flora and fauna. We took 3 hours to walk around the site which is only 3 kilometres and loved every minute. Not only did we see...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Of course you can hike the trails alone. But with a guide it a much richer experience. Our guide was Stephania. She’s a college student. Very knowledgeable about the history of this special place. And happy to share with visitors. My husband and I enjoyed...More

Thank MathPro
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

This is such a wonderful place. You need a guide I believe, and really should have one because of all the information one is given about the history. It is located in a secondary rain forest, so is humid, and most definitely you will need...More

Thank Laurie S
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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most important archeological site in Costa Rica, but it may leave you a little disappointed. I am not sure I would go out of my way to go here unless I was in the area. There has certainly been a...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017 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

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

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.

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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

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

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

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Vicente V
22 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
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.
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RCTravelHounds
29 November 2016|
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Response from Oscar Z | Reviewed this property |
Not to reach Guayabo National Park.
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