Guayabo National Monument
Not far from town to the north is the most important archaeological site in all of Costa Rica, the 3,000 year old Guayabo National Monument. This is an extremely interesting discovery and sheds new light on the mysterious inhabitants who once lived in the region. Since there were no great civilizations in the region such as the Mayans or Incas, very little is known of the life of the small and scattered tribes in the area that has become Costa Rica. Each year more discoveries are unearthed and with them greater understanding of Costa Rica’s past.
Braulio Corrillo National Park
To the north: Braulio Corrillo National Park, which features over 6,000 plant species that account for half the total amount in the country. The park is also full of primary forests, cloud forests and rain forests full of different types of animals.
To the south Climb the second highest peak in Central America, the 12,900 foot high Mount Chirripo. From its summit on a clear day, hikers can see both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, truly one of the most amazing sites in all of Costa Rica. Also to the south is the Chirripo Atlantic River basin, locally known as ‘The Grand Canyon of Costa Rica’, which connects this region to the largest National Park in the country La Amistat.
To the east: raft the mighty Reventazon River churns and rumbles its way downward towards the Caribbean coast paralleled by one of the top 10 rivers in the world to raft and kayak the majestic, wild and breathtaking Pacuare River.