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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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Easy Birding Around Pond and Pathways

We spent the afternoon at CATIE and loved it. Saw Boat-billed, Green, Great Blue and Little Blue... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Diane D
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Pima, AZ
Good birding here

Birding here was quite good saw wood rail,boat billed heron and numerous parrots among others... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
wino873
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williamstown.ma
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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“cattle egrets” (3 reviews)
“boat billed” (2 reviews)
“run down” (2 reviews)
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Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the afternoon at CATIE and loved it. Saw Boat-billed, Green, Great Blue and Little Blue Herons; White-crowned and Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, and plenty of Northern Jacanas at the pond. Walking around campus yielded many other birds. Perhaps the highlight for...More

Thank Diane D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Birding here was quite good saw wood rail,boat billed heron and numerous parrots among others. Gardens are run down and not interesting

Thank wino873
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonder time leaning about birds, tropical fruit And lots more. Staff explained everything well and were very friendly. Went for walk round the amazing grounds and would happily go back again.

Thank Sheen W
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 15 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 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...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 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...More

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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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