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Address: Turrialba, Costa Rica
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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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Interesting side trip

Saw this on the map and took a diversion to investigate - quite a long steep windy road to get there but the views are incredible so it's a great drive in itself. It is sign... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw this on the map and took a diversion to investigate - quite a long steep windy road to get there but the views are incredible so it's a great drive in itself. It is sign posted as you get near. There are 2 walks - a forest one (we didn't do) and one round the site which takes about... More 

Thank 4dchops
Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm just make a visit and no to far they are gonna open a new trail very nice place do a mourning or afternoon trip I like it

Thank Juan Carlos R
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We nearly didn’t go here because if we had taken the bus from Turrialba, it would have taken us most of the day and we didn’t know whether it would sufficiently sustain our interest. However we were offered a lift and when we ran out of time, we realised that we could have spent up to 4/5 hours in total... More 

Thank travelzest2017
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540 reviews
323 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Our walk through the park included a lot of birds (about half of the time) but the rest was spent on explaining the excavations of early indigenous life. These are not impressive like you find on the Yucatan but rather basic structures like water channels, roads and house foundations. Still it was interesting enough and nice stroll.

Thank Ugurd
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

I was unaware any ancient ruins existed in Costa Rica until I saw signs in and around Turrialba pointing the way. Took a taxi to the site and was very happy I did. The paths to the lookout and on down to and through the ruins was wide and clear and an easy hike for a 65+ woman. There were... More 

Thank katemc350
Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Our guide was very well informed and gave us lots to think about as we walked among the ruins. Of special interest were the old water system and the ruler straight ancient stone road - perhaps the only straight road in Costa Rica!

Thank J_R_C2016_17
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

My boyfriend and I backpacked here. We stayed in our tent one night then hiked the monument the next morning. All in all it was a good trip. Just know to bring your own food, as the nearest restaurant to the monument that was open was 3 miles.

Thank Laci A
Ithaca, New York
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

We stayed at the Guayabo Lodge, which was very nice. Lovely area to drive around in. We enjoyed walking around the monument and seeing the ruins. We saw a very active sloth in a tree at the ruins.

Thank snorkelerNan
Jackson, Michigan
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

Not many precolumbian sites in Costa Rica, glad we made this one. Road up Mt. Turrialba was paved all the way, in good condition, and getting there soon after they opened at 8:30 meant we pretty much had the place to ourselves (a big bus or 2 came a little later). An English-language guide gave us an overview with photos... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

The site is fascinating for what is both excavated and still buried, with the vantage point giving a good overview of both. The natural history is also fascinating: our first sloth; leaf-cutter ants at work demolishing leaves: a battle between a tarantula and its assassin hawk wasp which was not going to end well for the spider.

Thank FriskyG

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