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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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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 included included several firsts for me! It helps to have a guide who is better... read more

Reviewed December 12, 2015
Charlie D
Atenas, Costa Rica
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Atenas, Costa Rica
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Reviewed December 12, 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 the way, admission is now at $10 USD. (About 5,000 colones)

Thank Charlie D
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Reviewed September 26, 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 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
Dallas, Texas
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 

Thank Shane C
Salina, Kansas
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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.

Thank tinyfin
Flores, Guatemala
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2015

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

1 Thank FransC0
Burnley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 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 a guide too for extra information and to help spot the birds although it's easy... More 

1 Thank simply-peregrinating
Kirkfield, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

Thank teawren2015
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Reviewed January 28, 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

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