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Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE)

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Tropical Botanical Garden and Tropical Agriculture Library

I visited CATIE to explore the botanical gardens and also to see the library. The only weak... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2013
Rionegro, Colombia
Captivating CATIE

What an amazing place to visit. For $10 you can tour around the lake and Botanical Gardens. We... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2013
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

I visited CATIE to explore the botanical gardens and also to see the library. The only weak point is that I think the $10 admission for foreigners is a bit steep. I enjoyed walking in the botanical gardens, through the research farm, and onto the...More

Date of experience: March 2013
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

What an amazing place to visit. For $10 you can tour around the lake and Botanical Gardens. We photographed many species of herons including the Boat Billed heron also Jacana, Gallinule and many other species of birds in the surrounding plantations on a short drive...More

Date of experience: March 2013
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

The guides have amazing knowledge of the tropical plants and you get to sample seasonal exotic fruit, veges and spices. I have been a few times and each time learn something new. Even if you are not into botany you will still find this a...More

Date of experience: February 2013
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Its been a few years since I last visited the gardens. I forgot how lush and beautiful they are! This time of year is excellent as there is plenty of fruits & flowers for pictures, the Botanical Garden has a dislay table that you can...More

Date of experience: February 2013
Thank Justjana
Reviewed 17 February 2013

The Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education(CATIE) is a place for higher education, research, and educational relaxing. It is located y Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica, This is a big area that consist on a University campus, a botanical garden, and the farms. Settlers and...More

Date of experience: March 2012
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

Really easy birdwatching, given the level roads, easy access to the lake, and many open vistas to trees and lake-side vegetation. We saw half a dozen different kinds of herons, tanagers, dacnis, hawks, euphonia, parrot flocks, and a caracara in just two hours.

Date of experience: January 2013
Thank SusanCPA
Reviewed 19 July 2012

My husband and I spent about 3 hours here one morning with an excellent guide. I think if we had just walked through on our own, we wouldn't have appreciated the place, but with a guide it was incredible. We learned so much about the...More

Date of experience: July 2012
3  Thank Seattleweekends
Reviewed 9 May 2012

We found a brochure of this place in our vacation rental home. Beautiful brochure. Talks about tasting the various fruits, vegtables, and coffees but this never happened. This is our 3rd time in Costa Rica and we have traveled all over the country. This has...More

Date of experience: May 2012
Thank Cadmandan
Reviewed 8 March 2012

It was very interesting to see all of the trees and plants that grow in the area.

Date of experience: September 2011
Thank Robby B
Reviewed 28 February 2012

CATIE didn't deliver the big wow we were hoping. Thought the path of plants didn't contain the overwhelming assortment of varieties I was expecting. More like 50 or so different varieties, most of which were not really showing their best. The actual tour area is...More

Date of experience: February 2012
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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