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The Ara Project

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Address: Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
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+506 8505 3336
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16:00 - 17:00
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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In remote, jungle covered hills on the Pacific coast, The Ara Project, a...

In remote, jungle covered hills on the Pacific coast, The Ara Project, a conservation NGO dedicated to the survival of Costa Rica's two macaw species is working to breed and release young birds into areas where they once flew free. Guests can book tours of the Punta Islita breeding and release centre where they have the opportunity to view released Scarlet macaws in the wild and up close and meet some of the Great Green macaws kept for breeding. Tours run for an hour and aim to inform guests of the project's work, the plight of these birds in the wild and what we can all do to help them.

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Not just for birders! Up close with macaws.

It is in a remote location, but worth the effort to make a reservation in the early AM or late PM. Although the orientation was professional and educational, the birds steal the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Horseshoe Bay, Texas
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Neat place to learn about Scarlet macaws and their reintroduction into the Costa Rican wilds. Tour was informative and well worth the fee they charged. however the road there was rougher than expected (hilly and windy too). Staff was friendly and well informed. The condition of the road and the fact we only saw 2 macaws is the only reason... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Ara Project is doing good and necessary work to breed and release endangered macaws in Costa Rica. If you're staying at the nearby Punta Islita Hotel you can set up a visit through the concierge (transportation provided) and go see the birds and learn about the challenges to their habitat. Definitely a good cause to support and a great... More 

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Horseshoe Bay, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is in a remote location, but worth the effort to make a reservation in the early AM or late PM. Although the orientation was professional and educational, the birds steal the show.

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Thank Bill L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it was worth making the effort to go here - a very interesting project for these endangered species. we received a powerpoint and video summary from Tom and then watched the macaws come in for evening food. it would have been great if they had a cctv of the breeding area where they have the green macaws to see more... More 

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Thank Angie L
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi Angie L, Thank you for the review, we really value feedback from our guests. We are glad you think it is worth the effort to make the drive down here. Hopefully it was explained to you why we cannot go and see the breeding birds "in person". We are in the process of getting streaming webcams of our active... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great spot to visit if you are in the Samara area. The Are Project is a non-profit saving macaws in Costa Rica. You must reserve, in order to visit. They have a website, to do so. The tour starts with a slide presentation, which is very timely and informative.Then, you observe the macaws, as they fly in... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a bit of a drive through some rough roads to get to the Ara project but well worth the drive. Our visit started with a presentation and video on the plight if the macaws and the work that is being done to breed and release macaws into the wild to increase the population and then able to stick around... More 

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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Ara Project is doing such great work - releasing Scarlet and Great Green Macaws in Costa Rica. They first give you a presentation about the plight of the Macaws. Afterwards you get to see some of these beautiful parrots come to feed. It's amazing to witness!

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Thank Lisa M
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We learned a lot about the birds and observed them close at hand at the evening feeding. The rest of our vacation we were delighted to see them throughout the day in a tree near the dining area of our hotel and on the golf course. The macaws in flight are an unforgettable sight. The veterinarian's talk at the project... More 

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Thank 175Nancy
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi 175Nancy, Many thanks for the best wishes! We are glad you enjoyed seeing our stunning birds flying free, they truly are natural wonder. Best regards The Ara Project team More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Ara project is a cause well worth supporting. We found the tour leader very knowledgable and passionate about increasing the numbers of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. You get a short educational video followed by a walk down into the grounds where trays of food are hoisted up into the trees for the wild birds. The Macaws gather prior... More 

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TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi TheJediCouncil, Thanks very much for the review, we're really happy you enjoyed the tour. It is great you picked up on the local artists, it is something we are really proud of. By buying locally made art our guests are directly helping save macaws - in the last 3 months our very kind guests have given over £2000 to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We learned a ton about the plight of Scarlett and Great Green Macaw's in Costa Rica, Central America and northern South America. Teaser alert - It's not good! Obviously the "snack" of sunflower seeds was the highlight of the entire experience. We ended up having 12 wild Scarlett Macaw's visit which even our guide was surprised by. I highly recommend... More 

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TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi Brandon, Thanks for the review, we are glad you enjoyed it so much. Twelve birds is a high number for this time of year, lucky you! Seeing them flying free has to be up there with the best wildlife experiences, I can't get enough! We strive to teach people about these beautiful birds and also explain to people why... More 

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