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Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE)

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Address: Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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556-6431
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Wonderful birds!

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... read more

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Philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

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Richmond, United States
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Reviewed 2 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 interesting scientific experiments are taking place to study agriculture in the tropics. We saw milk... More 

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Milwaukee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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.

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Thank carcalumo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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 mention its possible to go off the path a bit; we had a great picnic... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

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Wiscasset, Maine, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

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

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 was the tour that followed, which was part trees/plants and there uses, part wildlife and... More 

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Thank Jim H
Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

The gardens are well set out and and you certainly see a wide variety of water birds. The lake is pleasant to walk round and you will see many birds and Cayman. The plant development areas are interesting with a wide variety of crop trees including fruit , coffee and cocoa. Good for spotting parakeets eating fruit. You can see... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

The Botanical Garden tour is very well done, and the founder, Jorge Leon was a famous Botanist. It is expensive >$20. The food at the Cafeteria is adequate , but overpriced. We have stayed at both the housing at the Communidad Europea and the rental houses. The Europen Community housing is bare minimum, with no air conditioning and hard beds... More 

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