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CATIE Agricultural Research Station

The Centre for Tropical Agronomy Research and Teaching, or CATIE, is one of the leading tropical and agricultural research stations in the world. The 2,000 acre research plantation focuses on experimenting with the introduction of crops which have economic potential, ranging from over 2,500 different varieties.

During the tour of the research station, a guide will show you around the extensive plantations and gardens of CATIE, which display coffee, cacao, pejibayes, herbs, tropical fruits and many other species. Its paths also offer excellent conditions for spotting tropical birds such as toucans and oropendulum birds, as well as other wildlife such as butterflies and lizards.

Your guide will take you through the botanical gardens where you will find a century old Kapok tree, towering stalks of bamboo, dripping orchids and colorful bromeliads.

After the walk you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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