Welcome to CatieNatura

Located just two hours east from San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, and nestled in a mountainous landscape surrounded by abundant tropical vegetation, coffee plantations, farms and sugar cane fields, we find the Valley of Turrialba. Since 1942, the valley has been home to the campus headquarters of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), housing some of the most important plant collections in the Americas.


The majority of the center’s collections are located in CatieNatura, a 45 hectare farm that maintains nearly 4,400 genetic samples— representing more than 280 species from around the world.

CatieNatura educates people for a changing world, sharing scientific and productive information on agribusiness and natural resources in an interactive manner that is suitable for all types of audiences. The park draws from CATIE’s 70 years of scientific research and hands-on experience in agrobiodiversity, focused on improved human well-being and environmental protection.

CatieNatura is an interactive experience based on CATIE’s scientific work to create sustainable agroproductive systems and promote the sustainability of natural resources. The result is a dynamic and participative adventure that is fun for all.

Here, you will learn about a breathtaking variety of tropical fruits, medicinal, oil-producing and ornamental plants, roots, tubers and timber trees.

CatieNatura offers an unforgettable stay. We invite you to come see for yourself!

We recommend light clothing, walking shoes, a rain jacket, insect repellent and sun block and don`t forget your binoculars and camera!

We are open to the public daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Customized, guided tours can be scheduled on request.

Phone: + (506) 2556 2700 Fax: + (506) 2556 2703