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Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE)

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Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
556-6431
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Nice afternoon.

Spent an afternoon exploring and birding. The pond had some nesting wading birds, saw a couple of... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2017
Beth S
Walkable and entrancing!

We spent a half day at CATIE with our guide, and it was wonderful - lots of white egrets draped... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
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Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

Spent an afternoon exploring and birding. The pond had some nesting wading birds, saw a couple of new birds. Explored the botanical garden.

Thank Beth S
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We spent a half day at CATIE with our guide, and it was wonderful - lots of white egrets draped, nesting, in the trees, jacanas, a boat-billed heron, a flock of parakeets soaring above us, anhingas, with a nest of naked-looking chicks and many other...More

Thank bethanybarryvt
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Was treated to some fabulous birding here - Cattle egrets nesting in the trees, Anhingas and Boat-billed Herons also on the nest, a Cayman in the water, lots of Northern Jacanas, and such a lovely setting. Don't miss this gem when you visit Turrialba!

Thank sk888888
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Forty-minute drive from Rancho Naturalista. Cycled with a guide, largely on the level but still hard work in the tropical heat and humidity. Learnt a lot about sugar and coffee production. Started and finished in beautiful tropical gardens.

Thank Nicholas B
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Some people come to the Center to walk through the botanical garden with all of the cool tropical plants. Our family did that, but we also took a bike tour with Explornatura to the dairy farm, coffee fields, cacao plants and sugar cane fields where...More

Thank Melanie S
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We visit with Peregrinus Tours, the botanical garden. Cristian the guide, do a great job, showing us the garden. Easy walk with a lot of especies to see.

Thank carcalumo
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This is a botanical garden next to a largish research station used by scientists from all over the world. Entrance fee 10usd. Walking through the gardens was very nice, with interesting trees from all over the tropics. Especially cool was the cannonball tree! I should...More

1  Thank Jonas R
Reviewed 9 May 2016

a good place for bird watchers and those wishing a quiet place for a stroll in addtion to the good birding, i saw the biggest iguana. it was beautiful. easy to get there and back on a local bus.

Thank mary w
Reviewed 15 April 2016

Really large and impressive, but shows all signs of government ownership, and run down, un-maintained facilities.

Thank SeanRafter
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

3 of us went there arranged by Explore, the local guide met us for the tour. It started with a table full of fruits from around the world that they have at CATIE. This was both educational and a sensation for the taste buds. As...More

Thank Jim H
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Response from Charlie D | Reviewed this property |
I went with a guide from Rancho Naturalista Lodge on a Sunday in December 2015, so I guess it was open then! There was a guard at the entrance gate who let us in to photograph birds. If in doubt, contact them: Tel... More
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