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Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE)

#4 of 21 things to do in Turrialba Features Animals
Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
556-6431
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Birds and Plants

We had a brilliant little tour around CATIE one afternoon. Picked up a number of birds around the... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2015
teawren2015
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Kirkfield, Canada
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Please can anybody advise cost to enter both botanical garden and lake area with a guide? We are... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2015
Richard B
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Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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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
Reviewed 19 January 2015

Go with a guide to bird the lagoon at this location,because it is otherwise not open to the public. It has a large number of heron/egret/ibis/ jacana species. The Botanic Garden is a paid admission.

Thank Candice J
Reviewed 18 January 2015

This was just great, friendly, helpfull people and what a big beautiful garden. Lots of fruits on the trees. It would even be more informative if there where more labels at the plants and trees

1  Thank Benjamin V
Reviewed 13 May 2014

CATIE is a place that everyone who is visiting Turrialba should go and see. It is actually a Tropical Agricultural Reserch Center where people go to get a masters degree in Tropical agronomy but there they also study many traditional and non traditional tropical plants...More

1  Thank LisaErb_CR
Reviewed 13 February 2014

For us it was a glimpse into old Costa Rica. It doesn't look like much has changed there visibly since my last visit 35 years ago. You will definitely want to arrange to have a guided tour. Is it worth the bucks? ..I say yes...More

2  Thank LittleLagoon
Reviewed 1 February 2014

I was very excited to visit the botanical gardens at CATIE as part of our Eco Tour. I am a biology teacher and find this kind of facility very informative, but unfortunately, when we arrived there was no one there to give us our tour!...More

Thank Bridget P
Reviewed 16 January 2014

I went to the Garden of CATIE with my wife and two friends, and we had a naturalist conduct a tour which made the place come alive and was very interesting. There is a lot in a small space and the total walking distance is...More

3  Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 13 October 2013

You can stroll through the acres and acres of fruiting trees and flowers and orchids and learn about the research that impacts our world related to agriculture. Highly recommended if you are interested in the Botanical world.

1  Thank lovetotravel33176
Reviewed 21 June 2013

CATIE's got a most beautiful campus, with a view of the Turrialba Volcano. The main building was built in the '40s and looks a lot like a big 'hacienda'. There is a large pond with lots of white birds that look like herons. The botanical...More

1  Thank Palasatenea
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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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