Friday, November 25, 2011

Gauyabo National Monument

Guayabo National Monument

Our next stop was Guayabo National Monument which many people describe as the most important archaeological site in Costa Rica.  The ruins were left behind by a people who lived there between 1000 BC and 1400 AD.  No definitive understanding exists about what happened to the people of this site but there are many other sites in the Americas north of central Costa Rica which suggest this civilization may have moved in that direction.

The ruins themselves show a very high degree of engineering including an aqueduct system which gathered and cleaned their water, that remains fully operational to this day.

Central Town Mound
Central Mound
Central Mound
Above Ground Aqueduct Section
Above Ground Section

At Guayabo we are finally in the Costa Rican Rain Forest and it did not disappoint.  Many amazing plants,
many amazing birds and our first poisonous tropical viper, the Hog-nosed Viper.

We are into a Rain Forest at last!

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