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Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education (CATIE)

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A very neat place

Unfortunately it was raining when visited. But the drive through was a good experience. Huge... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
Anil A
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See the jungle by car!

Unless you are in a coach, this place definitely needs a car to get round although once the various... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Just outside Turrialba | on the road to Siquirres, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately it was raining when visited. But the drive through was a good experience. Huge grounds, well maintained and great variety of trees and plants.

Thank Anil A
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Unless you are in a coach, this place definitely needs a car to get round although once the various bits are located, you will then revert to shank's pony. Having found our way in from highway 10 and paid the entrance fee, we spent rather...More

Thank Ewingston
Reviewed 22 March 2018

Our bird guide took us to CATIE to get pictures of the boat billed heron and the Northern Jacana. The place has an excellent curb appeal with a wide entrance. Upon reaching the pond, we immediately saw the Northern Jacanas and after peering through the...More

Thank Cynthia K
Reviewed 12 March 2018

It was pouring with rain so that did affect some of the enjoyment However having read the other reviews I'm not sure our guide actually showed us the whole site. We spent about 20 minutes staring at a table of odd fruit and seeds. the...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Some good opportunities for photography of waders using the lake and surrounding grassy areas of the centre

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 3 March 2018

We took the guided tour of the Botanical Garden. Great collection of plants. Wonderful explanation of the research being done to improve agriculture in Costa Rica.

Thank MathPro
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We spent the afternoon at CATIE and loved it. Saw Boat-billed, Green, Great Blue and Little Blue Herons; White-crowned and Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons, Snowy and Cattle Egrets, and plenty of Northern Jacanas at the pond. Walking around campus yielded many other birds. Perhaps the highlight for...More

Thank Diane D
Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

Birding here was quite good saw wood rail,boat billed heron and numerous parrots among others. Gardens are run down and not interesting

Thank wino873
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Wonder time leaning about birds, tropical fruit And lots more. Staff explained everything well and were very friendly. Went for walk round the amazing grounds and would happily go back again.

Thank Sheen W
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Spent an afternoon exploring and birding. The pond had some nesting wading birds, saw a couple of new birds. Explored the botanical garden.

Thank Beth S
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Tabra T
5 February 2016|
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