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Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE)

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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 12 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 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...More

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Reviewed 12 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

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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
Reviewed 24 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
Reviewed 26 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.

Thank starrw1
Reviewed 22 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
Reviewed 23 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

Thank tinyfin
Reviewed 17 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 17 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
Reviewed 10 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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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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