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Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa

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Address: 1km South Plaza Deportes | Aranjuez, Punta Arenas 60102, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 8823 2460
07:30 - 04:30
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 04:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Macaw Sanctuary NATUWA The Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa is a place that provides...

Macaw Sanctuary NATUWA The Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa is a place that provides refuge and protection to the wild animals that have been victims of human actions, such as hunting, the extraction from their environments and the destruction of forest habitats. These actions within natural environments of wildlife increase their vulnerability and cause immense damage to the ecosystems. Many times, the result of removing so many animals from their habitats, are physical and psychological problems that are difficult to overcome. Many of these homeless animals find the necessary attention they need at the Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa to be able to live in captivity with dignity and to find the possibility to return to their natural environments.

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This was a day trip for us when we came off our cruise at Caldera. In some of these trips you really don't know what to expect but this one was a bit of a gem. None of the animals... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a day trip for us when we came off our cruise at Caldera. In some of these trips you really don't know what to expect but this one was a bit of a gem. None of the animals are kept here unless they have been smuggled or abandoned in the wild. It is a place where the people... More 

Thank Duquesadiner
Montezuma, Indiana, United States
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place. Such a wonderful service for abandoned and or injured wildlife. The guide is very good in English and showed a real passion for what he was doing. Also a very impressive souvenir shop. The macaws are EVERYWHERE and beautiful. The monkeys are curious and cute. The tapirs were also very cool

Thank Roy H
Flesherton, Canada
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the sanctuary today. So many beautiful birds. Well worth the visit. A worthwhile project to support!

Thank DDavies2013
Mahwah, New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Natuwa gave me an authentic Costa Rican experience that I will always cherish. The staff is so welcoming and willing to help. They are all extremely knowledgable and teach volunteers about the wide variety of animals at the sanctuary. My Spanish improved so much in just a week, and the staff members who speak English are always willing to help... More 

Thank mandiemayer
Paterson, New Jersey
1 review
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The sanctuary was a complete hands on experience that will make you feel empowered and resilient by the end of the trip. You help with the day to day routine that ranges from feeding the animals to on site projects. Manual labor is involved, but it feels amazing knowing your efforts will leave a lasting impact in the sanctuary. The... More 

Thank kimaperezl
Pollock Pines, California
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106 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This place is so special, in that it is tendered by young interns, who work on site for four months stretches, then return to their home for a three month break. Their commitment to the birds and other rescued animals here is nothing short of amazing. Staff is VERY careful not to let people talk to approach, or feed the... More 

Thank CarolSteve95726
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place is fantastic, they rescue captive birds, and keep them safe. No talking, since they release babies back into the wild. There are all kinds of birds, animals, and wildlife here. Even saw two sleeping sloths in the trees, wild macaws just hanging out with others in the cage.

Thank Debbi G
Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth with the best care for the animas one can imagine. The animals and their care are the top priority and a tour will give a great idea about the history of the animals and why they are in the santuary. Animals and people at this place are wonderful. I truly... More 

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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

great variety of birds Guided tour with person of experience. Cannot speak to the birds as they might repeat what they hear.

Thank benand
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79 reviews
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

The sanctuary has a large variety of birds and animals and the Costa Rican macaws are free flying. There are tapirs, peccary and deer in natural surroundings. The sanctuary is locally run and is well worth supporting. Take care if you have back problems as the approach road is not tarmac.

1 Thank George P

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