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Address: Turrialba, Costa Rica
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506-290-8202
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

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Thank J_R_C2016_17
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Jackson, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

I visited the park with two others and we invested the $15 or but so to get a guide. That might not have been necessary as much of what we learned could be found on the information panels that are posted around the park, but the guide was not only informative about the park also knew about the plants and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I was impressed with this park, though it is a small archeological site, knowing how old it is makes it really impressive! Entrance is cheap and can be paid with a credit card, the trails are very well maintained. This place offers a nice and pleasant short hike.

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