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Ara Manzanillo

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Closed Now: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Absolutely spectacular!!

Came across by accident, looking up something else. Our last day and what an experience. One of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue P
A quick fun thing.

I did a tour and loved it. I will forewarn that the slope up is rough. I had a friend drive... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The Manzanillo reintroduction station is located in a primary tropical rainforest at almost 100 m above sea level. The visitors are directed to the top of a hill for a once in a lifetime experience to view Endangered Great Green Macaws in free...more
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Hours Today: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
GPS coordinates are 9_62'60.01N, 82_68'47.17W. | Small sign on highway at turnoff but only seen when traveling south., Manzanillo 70403, Costa Rica
+506 8971 1436
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came across by accident, looking up something else. Our last day and what an experience. One of the best in 2 weeks. Book ahead...phone or online. One tour at 3. $20 US each....well worth it! Plus we tipped the guide. Just before you get to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sue P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did a tour and loved it. I will forewarn that the slope up is rough. I had a friend drive me,but she was worried her car wouldn't make it up the steep incline. I ended up walking halfway....and omg I was dying. Unless you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roving205214
Greatgreen, Manager at Ara Manzanillo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback! Unfortunately the great views of the observation center come with the downside of a steep climb! Thanks for hanging in there and we are happy you got some great shots of these beautiful birds!

Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

My family of 5 drove to the Ara Project to visit this week. It is a very steep drive up to the top of the hill but it is signposted so keep going all the way until you reach the gate. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank thaliaachild
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Wonderful to see and hear all this fantastic green macaws in their natural habitat. We learned a lot from our guide

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LivLarvik_Norge
Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

Make reservations in advance, short tour of 1.5 hours, hardly any walking, fantastic way to see green macaws in the wild, after8 trips to Costa Rica, this was the best McCaw experience ever!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Steph6319
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We loved our tour of the Ara Project to learn and see these rare birds. With only 1000 left in the world, and only 300 in Costa Rica it is so important that all of learn and appreciate what Ara Project is doing. Keep up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cindy L
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful to see the parrots flying free and clearly happy. Keep up the fantastic work. Well worth a visit to hear their story and to see the birds in their natural habitat.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Libran_Lovely
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Here in the Caribbean side of costa rica these birds were completely extinct in the area. For this very reason its absolutely incredible to see the re-introduction of these birds here by this program. Having lived in the area for several years its been amazing...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Michael PRESTON M
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

The ara project are doing incredible work to help bring back the population of these incredible birds. The tour is suitable for all ages and a brilliant experience. You will be given some information on the work they do and then see LOADS of birds...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank DrNinjamonkey
Reviewed September 15, 2018

This was a highlight on our trip this year to Manzanillo! They work hard to monitor the macaw.They work without interfering to help establish a healthy population in the wild! It was beautiful to see these amazing birds fly free!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wendy M
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Crystal A
July 30, 2016|
Response from Laurie B | Reviewed this property |
A taxi is the best way. He can take you up the hill all the way. And get the drivers cell so you can call him or tell him to pick you up and an hour or so. It's not a long tour.