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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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Birding at the lagoon

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... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2015
Candice J
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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
Oostkamp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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

Thank Benjamin V
Turrialba, Costa Rica
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 such as coffee, cacao (chocolate), and bananas, etc. and they are always working on disease... More 

1 Thank LisaErb_CR
Gulf Shores, AL
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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 if you like the idea of supporting horticultural and agricultural research or the grad students... More 

2 Thank LittleLagoon
Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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! Swiss Travel tour guide José was able to tell us what he knew, but I... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 15 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 about a half mile on level ground. Entry fee is $10. One of the leading... More 

3 Thank Trek-Always
Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 garden is worth visiting.

1 Thank Palasatenea
Rionegro, Colombia
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 main campus of CATIE. It is a very peaceful and quiet place. You will see... More 

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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 between the lake area and Botanical gardens. Easy flat walking or drive round. Shop and... More 

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