Was it turn right at Jesus or was it 100 metres north of KFC? These aren’t existential religious or political questions, I’m simply trying to find my way to the Guayabo National Monument. It’s always fun trying to get around in Costa Rica when you’re used to actual addresses.
Ask someone their address and they’ll say something like ‘100 metres east past Coca Cola, red door’. Or how about this, for a popular new restaurant I tried to find: ’75 M Oeste Del Blue Valley, Oficentro Trivium’. Or ‘ 1st blue gate past the guanacaste tree’!
There are some very developed cities here and I’ve found those locations somewhat easier to find. After all, they usually involve a church or fast food outlet or lots of people to ask…it’s the ones in the country where blue seems to be a popular colour for a gate that often baffle me.
After driving through heavenly countryside with clouds below us and many a hairpin turn we did eventually find Guayabo and it was worth the drive…so I guess it was ‘turn right at Jesus’!
Guayabo is a partially uncovered archeological site which appears to have been inhabited from 1,000 BC to 1400 AD and was used for ceremonial purposes. We walked in through the rain forest on the slopes of the Turrialba Volcano – still active as of this week.
There below us lay precisely placed stone mounds, platforms, aqueducts still running into stone pools…
and a road so sturdy it would make the Romans envious!
Apparently there are networks of these roads still to uncover and given the state of many roads in Costa Rica they should study them carefully for tips.