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Address: , Punta Islita, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 6052 9331
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A Special Place to observe the Country's Unique Green Parrot !

Very impressed with this project which is within the hotels area. I especially enjoyed getting close to the scarlet macaws and green macaws and hearing the stories from a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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St. Kitts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Very impressed with this project which is within the hotels area. I especially enjoyed getting close to the scarlet macaws and green macaws and hearing the stories from a volunteer who will take you around. In the morning you can hear the wild parrots flying around the property.looking for their first meal of the day, very special for sure!

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing hotel. It is beautiful, the staff friendly and very helpful, and the food is wonderful. We loved the tranquility of the surroundings and the ability to just relax and do nothing, or be very busy with things to do. We opted to do nothing, but read, swim and eat. We are definitely coming back to this... More 

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Princeton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I highly recommend the ARA Project because they are a true sanctuary that works on rehabilitating and releasing the birds into their wild, natural habitat. Unlike most places, they do not allow the visitors or care givers to touch or even speak to these magnificent birds. The tour is short, 30 minutes, by donation only, suggested $20usd per person, but... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

If you are in the Punta Islita area, or have to drive hours (3+ for us) from Playa Flamingo- this trip is well worth it! Though I believe our tour guide Raphael was pretty new to the Ara Project, and I would have liked to have seem more of what the volunteers actually do on a day to day basis.... More 

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Ternat, Brabant, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We loved our visit at the Ara project! It came recommended by a fellow traveler. It was totally worth it. The tour was very informative and just fun all around. I never saw Ma Caws from this close before. I took so many pictures! We reserved the tour in the morning and were still be able to go that day...

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Free transportation from the Punta Islita Hotel, but you could also walk. Just a great opportunity to see these birds close up. Feeding time is especially enjoyable. Don't miss it!

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Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We visited the Manzanillo Release Site on the Caribbean Coast. Pieter and Heike are doing amazing things in ensuring that these magnificent birds are re-introduced successfully to the region. The birds are simply spectacular. Reservations are required. Feeding at 4pm. In addition to the macaws, we saw Montezuma Oropendula, Chestnut-Mandibled and Keel-Billed Toucans and Collared Aracari. The jungle here is... More 

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Cave Creek, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Love what they are doing here and the opportunity to learn more about these beautiful creatures. Feeding at 4 pm daily, limited admittance, reservations required

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Johns Creek, GA, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Don't miss this chance to see these beautiful scarlet macaws up close and personal! This organization does excellent work.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This was a great experience. We learned so much about the endangered, beautiful maccaws and what is being done to repopulate them. We saw them up close and got amazing pictures. So glad we went, it was fantastic!

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