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The ARA Project

Punta Islita, Costa Rica
+506 6052 9331
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Don't go expecting a zoo, this is very much a conservation project, but a nice detour if you're interested in how the macaws are being reintroduced to costa rica.

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

As a ara enthusiast, this is one of the most spectacular experiences. As a spiritual person, the pure energy lift of see the birds up close in their natural habitat with limited human interaction was breathtaking. We've been twice already at the Manzanillo location near Puerto Viejo. (I didn't find a listing for it to post this review.) This project... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It was interesting to see how the project is run and the way the birds are treated. They are beautiful.

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We did the Ara Project tour from our Hotel in Punta Islita. It was like stepping into a nature documentary as seen on PBS. You will definitely feel like you are in the middle of hot , sticky nowhere, and the facilities are not luxurious, but the work they do here may enable us to see scarlet macaws filling the... More

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is an excellent stop to make when in Costa Rica. Our family learned about the Red Macaws and then enjoyed watching them fly through the trees as they fed. It was definitely an enjoyable time and one we will remember.

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Chicago burbs, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This location is closed. Check their website for current info. Trip advisor requires that I wrote one hundred characters.

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Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

One of the most spectacular bird observation experiences anywhere!! Late afternoon is best opportunity to observe toucans, parrots, oropendolas, trogons, aracaris as well as the macaws in flight.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

I visited the centre as part of my volunteering trip for the ARA project which breeds Scarlet and the endangered Great green macaws and releases them at various sites in Costa Rica. Whilst the centre is now rather tired and is soon to relocate, it is set in lovely gardens and gives an excellent opportunity to see these wonderful birds... More

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Orlando, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We visited the original location in Alajuela, so I have to assume that most other people are visiting the release sites that have better experiences. This place was absolutely filthy and run down, honestly disgusting. They have a pack of at least 20 dogs to "guard" the place, and I was scratched to the point of bleeding by one that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Our visit to the ARA Project was the highlight of our trip! The ARA Project is a non profit organization that breeds and releases Macaws into the jungles of Costa Rica. Macaws are so endangered that seeing them in the wild can be tricky. At one time, Macaws could be found all over Costa Rica but due to deforestation and... More

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