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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.

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