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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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Great Place for Bird Watching!

My guide at Rancho Naturalista in Tuis brought 3 of us here for the morning and my photos of birds... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2015
Charlie D
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Atenas, Costa Rica
Peaceful place

I went to CATIE to walk and relax, it is a peaceful place where you can watch births and different... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2015
Ale P
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Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 13 December 2015

My guide at Rancho Naturalista in Tuis brought 3 of us here for the morning and my photos of birds included included several firsts for me! It helps to have a guide who is better at spotting birds, especially the small ones! :-) And by...More

Thank Charlie D
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Reviewed 26 September 2015

I went to CATIE to walk and relax, it is a peaceful place where you can watch births and different kinds of plants.

Thank Ale P
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Reviewed 25 August 2015 via mobile

If you want to now a huge collection of tropical plants around the world the CATIE's Botanical Garden is a good place. In addition, the lake at CATIE's Campus is a excelent place for family picnic and to see migratory birds or just to walk.

Thank Kauê D
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

We were recovering from a Norovirus we picked up at the Nicoya ferry terminal so we enjoyed a quiet day looking at beautiful plants.

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Reviewed 23 July 2015

We took a group of 15 high schoolers to visit the grounds of the botanical garden at CATIE. We took a guided tour with a very knowledgable guide who was sure to point out some of the most interesting sights in the garden. The site...More

Thank Shane C
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Reviewed 24 April 2015

Our group stayed in the dorm style rooms for our recent stay. Shower pressure was non-existent, but the room and bathrooms were clean and comfortable. Wifi was hit and miss. We also toured the botanical garden area and it was amazing! Our tour guides were...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

Basically, it is very insufficient for the fee asked. Go to the neay by Lankester Orchid collection instead.

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Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

The gardens are lovely to stroll through with many different plant species. There is a small lake which is an ideal place to see different birds and cayman. It is easy to spend a whole morning there as the gardens are extensive. You can hire...More

1  Thank simply-peregrinating
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Reviewed 11 February 2015

We had a brilliant little tour around CATIE one afternoon. Picked up a number of birds around the lake and satisfied the botanist in our group with a walk through the botanical garden. I left an umbrella behind which was gone when I went back...More

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Reviewed 29 January 2015 via mobile

Please can anybody advise cost to enter both botanical garden and lake area with a guide? We are visiting soon and need to know how much to budget.

Thank Richard B
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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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