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CATIE Tropical Gardens - Turrialba - Costa Rica

This Tour will take you to  tropical plantations and botanical gardens of CATIE, were you will see a collection of some of the most important tropical plants in the world.

The guided tour will explain the great diversity of the forest and fruit plantations such as: caf, cacao, sugar cane, citrus, plantains, bananas, macadamia, pineapple, mangostan, mango, avocados and many other exotic species from tropical countries.

The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) is one of the worlds premier centers dedicated to research and graduate education in agriculture and the management, conservation, and sustainable use of natural resources. CATIEs story begins in May 1940 during the VIII American Scientific Congress in Washington DC. Henry Wallace, the United States Secretary of Agriculture at the time, proposed the creation of an institute dedicated to tropical agriculture.

The institute would lend its support to American countries in agricultural research and help train their national personnel. On July 1, 1973, CATIE was created through an agreement between Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Sciences (IICA) and the Costa Rican government.

Since the centers creation, in alliance with local, national and international organizations, CATIE has become a center for academic excellence, technical cooperation and research. The center has dedicated its efforts to improve the standard of living of rural families in the American tropics, while embracing holistic vision of human activity and its environment. The information CATIE generates is fundamental in understanding the genetic structure of plant populations, organizing the collections, defining strategies to collect new samples, and in providing pertinent information for genetic improvement programs.

Duration:     ½ day
Rate:     $ 30 per adult.
$ 30 per kid.

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