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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, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 556-6431
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 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.

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Davidson, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 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 is home to a wide variety of species of plants, and the birding potential is... More 

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Salina, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 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 knowledgeable and informative.

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Flores, Guatemala
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Basically, it is very insufficient for the fee asked. Go to the neay by Lankester Orchid collection instead.

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Lancashire England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

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 a guide too for extra information and to help spot the birds although it's easy... More 

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Kirkfield, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 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 for it. Further around the lake, a CATIE employee saw me and gave it back... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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.

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 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.

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Oostkamp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 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

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