Guayabo National



Guayabo National Archeological Monument

The Guayabo National Monument is located to the northwest of the city of Turrialba, Santa Teresita district, Cartago province. The archeological site is located on approximately 20 hectares of the protected area. This part consists of a group of pre-Hispanic architectural structures made of stone – rounded river stones – which were built over a period ranging from 1000 BC to 1400 AD, indicating a prolonged occupation of some 2,400 years. The wildlife area, consisting of 233 hectares, protects a remnant of evergreen premontane rainforest which extends over an elevation range of 990-1,300 meters above sea level with an annual average temperature of 24°C. The United States Association of Civil Engineers, one of the leading organizations in this area worldwide, has accorded Guayabo National Monument the status of World Heritage in Civil Engineering. This designation recognizes the engineering achievements and techniques used by the first inhabitants of the Guayabo National Monument, which have endured to the present day.

Surface Area
233 hectares

Hours of Operation
Every day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm, including holidays.

+506 2559-0117

By car: Take the road to Cartago, Cervantes, Turrialba, Santa Teresita, National Monument Guava, are 84 kilometers from San Jose. By bus: From San Jose, Transtusa Bus Terminal, located at Calle 13 Ave. 6 or from Carthage, the south side of the Supreme Court of Justice, in Turrialba take the bus that leaves the regional terminal to the National Monument guava every day at 6:00 am, 10:30 am 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm.

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