IntroductionCosta Rica's Guayabo National Monument, situated 35 mi/55 km northeast of San Jose in Turrialba, contains the ruins of a lost civilization dating from the ninth century, including pools, roads and aqueducts. The town is believed to have been the hub of the area before it was abandoned around AD 1400. The site is surrounded by forested hills and coffee plantations, and offers superb birding.
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