Ancient Costa Rica Pt. 2: The narrow road to Guayabo


14 Responses to “Ancient Costa Rica Pt. 2: The narrow road to Guayabo”

  1. Javier Zumbado says:

    As a costarican, I’m grateful for this post, Guayabo is one of my favorite National Parks. ¡Muchas gracias y pura vida!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Would Costa Rica be the best bet to visit if I want to see real artifacts and locations of the pre-Spanish culture of Central America?

    It looks like there are a ton of museums and national parks with this kind of thing:

    I really want to hit the area and see some of the temples and monuments. Is Costa Rica the place or would you recommend I start with Mexico or Guatemala or elsewhere?

  3. Anonymous says:

    For my taste Mexico has soooooo much to offer someone interested in Pre-colombian art/culture that it’s hard to top (and hard to decide where to start). Other countries have amazing places to see as well, but Mexico has so much more. Plus Mexico has the best food in the Americas. Don’t let the bad news and drug war stuff get you spooked.
    Costa rica IS amazing and has such beautiful geography that you’d have a great time… but in terms of pre-spanish art and artifacts, the national archaeology museum in Mexico City alone will blow your mind.
    but hey, anywhere you go in Latin America is great so don’t sweat it too hard.

    • cinemajay says:

      As you pointed out, Mexico’s is already documented, but then this is the second part of a series of posts highlighting the very little pre-Columbian culture of Costa Rica.

  4. bwcbwc says:

    There are some good sites that I’ve heard about in Belize and closer to home (no passport required for US citizens), Puerto Rico has a couple as well. The level of tech and stonework varies. But as mentioned in the article, lack of stonework doesn’t necessarily indicate low-tech. Just that they used organic materials like wood or thatch.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this interesting piece.

    I went to Costa Rica recently as an eco-tourist… stayed at a vegetarian hotel, went on the hiking and adventure tours, learned about the rainforest… even became one with it, considering the humidity and my personal moisture level.

    I still loved it.

    The fact that the people of Costa Rica are choosing to allow the rainforest to recover in lieu of an agrarian export market should encourage those of us who care to visit and reward them for that choice.

    The Rainforest and tourism are now business in Costa Rica. It was beautiful and I loved it.

    Go visit.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So maybe Costa Rica is better for visiting nature preserves, wild animal sightseeing etc. and Mexico is the place most worthwhile to visit and “see the ruins”?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hoy 25 Enero me acabo de enterar que el Sr. Michael J. Snarskis apareció muerto en su casa de habitacón. Es una perdida para nuestro país al perder tan grande Arqueólogo y Amigo. Paz a sus restos.

  8. revansatoda says:

    Thanks for doing this. Can I link to these articles from my web page?

    Here’s a link to a 20 minute video about Chibchan stone spheres. English and Spanish versions. About 16 minutes each in two 8 minute parts. Or download to your PC. There are lots more amateur archaeological photos and articles by clicking on the double left pointing triangles on the top right.

  9. bobend says:

    “cobblestone road” you say? *Fights a strong urge to boot up Minecraft and recreate all the pictures*

  10. Anonymous says:

    I learned alot for my school project about costa rica so thanks alot! by

  11. Anonymous says:

    We recently lived in Turrialba, about 30 minutes from Guayabo, and visited there several times. I’d like to add two things. First, the birding is exceptional there. Every time we went, we saw species we had never seen before. I believe there is a list available at the “lemonade stand”. Secondly, just before you arrive at the park itself, you go through a series of small communities. There is a very good restaurant on your right as you go up the hill toward the park where we ate several times and were never disappointed. You can see some interesting birds there as well. Unless there have been some improvements, I certainly agree that the road isn’t the best. High clearance would be good, but regular cars can make it just fine (albeit slowly).

  12. Anonymous says:

    Interesting similarities in the name, Guayabo and names in Puerto Rico such as Guaynabo, Guayama, etc.

    • Anonymous says:

      Excuse me – but I believe, that the frequently use of “Guay….” in latinamerican names is deriving from Spanish – like Guadalupe, Guadalquivir, Guadaiana, – the word remains to the rule of the Moros in Andalucia and means “river” in Arabic.
      The article is very interesting and thanks for the links in the reader’s comments!

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