Coming back from a wonderful week in the caribbean coast in my Costa Rica adventure trip, I remembered a friend suggesting to make a stop in another town in the way between Limon and San Jose. It’s called Turrialba, located 40 miles southeast from San Jose, and it is an interesting town with more natural beauty and attractions that you would think at first.
The most obvious touristic point is the Turrialba Volcano, an eye-opening volcano with almost 11,000 feet height. The hike to the top is exciting and takes almost three hours depending on your ability and physical condition. There are three craters, and if the weather and volcanic activity allow it, you could be lucky enough to go down to the main crater. Unfortunately I wasn’t so lucky, since, by the time I came to the volcano, it had been active for a few days, making our stay at the top limited by a few minutes. Nonetheless, it was a spectacular view, and I felt that it was worth the time and effort. On the way to the top, I could appreciate the cloudforest, rivers and waterfalls over 250 feet high. It is one of the best Costa Rica ecology tours. Breathtaking!
This Costa Rica travel adventure left us looking for food and bed, and finding a hotel between the bottom of the volcano and Turrialba wasn’t a hard task. You will see a lot of Costa Rica hotels and restaurants, offering the best of local cook. I finally laid my head to rest after a fine meal, in preparation for the next day adventure to Guayabo de Turrialba.
The Guayabo National Monument in Turrialba is an archeological site located at the souther slope of the Turrialba Volcano. It dates back to 1000BC and is believed to had been abandoned by 1400DC. There is a wide array of stone-paved streets, round platforms, an impressive aqueduct system, carved stone designs and drawings of animals.
I had to continue my way to San Jose and still have to make a stop in the famous Irazu Volcano, so I’m leaving Turrialba without seeing more attractions, like the serpentarius and the Aquiares waterfalls. As I see the Reventazon River on my way to Cartago, I promise that I’ll come back to Turrialba on my next Costa Rica travel vacations.
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