Turrialba, Costa Rica

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C.A.T.I.E-Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center).

An absolutely fascinating research center where you can explore the botanical garden and arboretum checking out bizarre species like the Chinese box orange, Caja anaranjada (Severina buxifolia) and the Nuez Pili (Canarium commune) with nuts containing oils (fatty-acid methyl ester) meeting all of the major biodiesel requirements.

Entrance is by a “suggested” donation of $5 for foreigners (Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., last guided tour at 3:00, groups by arrangement). The suggestion is a forceful one similar to the Natural History museum in NYC where a rather large guard blocks the entrance until you cough up $18 but it\'s well worth it.



Website & Contact

phone: (506)2558-2000 fax 2558-2060

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Nearby Activities & Attractions

Nearby Hotels & Lodges

Hotel Interamericano
Hotel Villa Florencia
Hotel Casa Turire
Guayabo Lodge
Rancho Naturalista

The nearest town is Turrialba, 2 km away and Terminal Tobias Bolaños Airport airport is 52.1 km.

Please note that distances for nearby hotels, attractions, activites & other points of interest are in a straight line. Distances by road may be significantly longer!

The approximate gps map coordinates of CATIE are latitude 9.8999, longitude -83.6674. (exact GPS coordinates are accurate to within a few meters, gps data labeled approximate is within a few hundred meters)