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Costa Rica - Guayabo National Monument


Region: Central
Location: from San Jose highway to Cartago. Through Cervantes, Turrialba and Santa Teresita to signs to Guayablo Monumento Nacional.
Size: 550 acres
National Park since: August 13, 1973
Highlights: largest archaeological site in Costa Rica
Facilities: ranger station, camping, restrooms.


Visit an ancient Pre-Columbian era at Guayabo estimated to be 3,000 years old. Petroglyphs of mysterious messages are yet to be deciphered. There is a complex system of aqueducts once used to move water around the city now flows with rain water.


Hiking trails taking you on journey into the past.



above photo courtesy of
Anita363