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Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE)

#4 of 21 things to do in Turrialba Features Animals
Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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Great place to spend a few hours watching birds

The gardens are well set out and and you certainly see a wide variety of water birds. The lake is... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2016
Val C
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Botanica Garden

The Botanical Garden tour is very well done, and the founder, Jorge Leon was a famous Botanist... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2016
Verdulero
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 19 March 2016

The gardens are well set out and and you certainly see a wide variety of water birds. The lake is pleasant to walk round and you will see many birds and Cayman. The plant development areas are interesting with a wide variety of crop trees...More

1  Thank Val C
Reviewed 14 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

1  Thank Verdulero
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

Thank Charlie D
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 25 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 27 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 24 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 18 February 2015

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

1  Thank FransC0
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
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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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