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The Ara Project

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Great cause

I enjoyed the information and what they stand for. There work on the ground is impactful. I enjoyed... read more

Reviewed December 14, 2018
San Lorenzo, California
That matters a lot!

That’s a good possibility to see those wonderful birds, get to know more about them and how works... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Madrid, Spain
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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...more
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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
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All reviews scarlet macaws costa rica beautiful birds hotel punta islita non profit great visit amazing experience love nature their natural habitat nearby hotel worthy cause spread the word definitely worth a visit rainy season amazing pictures within feet hour tour
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

I enjoyed the information and what they stand for. There work on the ground is impactful. I enjoyed seeing the Macaw's and the howler monkeys who put on a nice concert. Hear what they have to say, donate!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

We visited the Ara Project last week while staying at Hotel Punta Islita. It was very informative however I had wished we'd been able to see more of the property and workings. Definitely worth the visit to learn what all these amazing people are doing!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

That’s a good possibility to see those wonderful birds, get to know more about them and how works the rescue center - that was really interesting. Nice people, doing very important work!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank susyalev
Reviewed October 5, 2018

This is a wonderful project, it is so nice to see these birds out in the wild. You much go and support them, especially if you have children.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CEC131
Reviewed September 13, 2018

Love it, what an amazing place, doing amazing work, please make the visit! This work is so important and without visitors and donations it cannot continue.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Cindy E
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

Great side trip fro the Marriott. It’s so incredible to see these amazing creatures. This org does great work!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

We were within 2 feet of these spectacular birds. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot, and got amazing pictures. A must see if you are in the area.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank William B
Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

Amazing experience to see these birds flying in their natural habitat. My kids loved the experience and the presentation was interesting. Great job guys and thank you for protecting these beautiful birds.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AnaD6545
Reviewed June 13, 2018

It was interesting to see how and why they are trying to bring back the Macaws to Cost Rica. We went down to an area where they fed with about 15 Macaws that were in the wild. Beautiful birds and are in need to be...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

There is a short tour followed by some amazing bird watching. This visit was definitely worth it and a must see! You get to see the macaws everywhere, which was amazing. And the Project is doing great and important work.Would highly recommend!

Date of experience: June 2018
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ann r
November 23, 2016|
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Response from Mcwarn00 | Reviewed this property |
it's about 25 minutes from Samara. there's a beautiful beach to explore, but that's about it. there is one restaurant in town that is okay. there is also the hotel restaurant which is pretty good but a bit expensive. the... More
February 12, 2016|
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
There's no location in San Jose that I'm aware of - you're right that if you want to pay them a visit, it has to be on one coast or the other. For contact numbers and details of visiting times (which need to be pre-booked... More
December 3, 2015|
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Response from Safarigreg | Reviewed this property |
Hello Daan, It didn't seem that the snorkeling was good there due to the rough water and tides. Better for body surfing really, or walking the beach.
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The ARA Project (1 Replies)
I was saddened to see this on the ARA Project's Facebook page tonight. My visit there in September was the highlight of our trip. I wonder what the future holds for these beautiful birds, many of whom can't be released as they've been in the breeding program for too long Dear ARA supporters, Sadly, we must inform you of some radical changes that have recently taken place within The ARA Project. A newly-created Board of Directors, backed by The World Parrot Trust USA, has taken over the...More
January 14, 2014|
Response fromKarin L|
I saw that last night too. I hope they put the animal before profit. Perhaps the ones who got let go would start another similar rescue project.
Providence, Rhode Island
Visits to animal/ bird rescue sanctuaries (2 Replies)
Hi. Hy husband, adult daughter and I are returning (third time) for a week's visit in January. We are again staying at the JW Marriott (free with points).We especially love visiting animal and bird rescue sanctuaries as well as nature preserves. We have a 4 wheel drive car and don't mind driving around. We are not into zip lines. We have lunched at Lola's (much more fun years ago when Lola wandered the beach). Last January we drove down to Nosara and toured the Sibu monkey preserve with Steve...More
December 15, 2016|
Response fromSarah B|
We would love visit Territorio-de-Zaguates (land of the state ays) located in Santa Bárbara in Costa Rica’s Heredia province. This is where over 900 dogs have free range of a mouse Tai preserve/rescue. It was featured on Huffington post and I have been wanting to go just not sure if we can fit it in during our Feb. Trip. Anyone know how far it is from the JW or has anyone been there?
Boston, Massachusetts
Cahuita day trips - parking (17 Replies)
We are going to Costa Rica for the second time this April. My plan included 4 days on the Caribbean site, with lodging near Playa Cocles. We are not beach people, the reason was mostly to see sloths and monkeys, go to Cahuita NP and Gandoca-Manzanillo reserve (I have a guide), Jaguar Rescue Foundation and the Ara project. I lived a big part of my life in a country where cut bags and stolen money wasn't a big surprise to discover coming home, or getting off of a bus. Where I wouldn't think of...More
March 16, 2017|
Response fromcrfan|
Just back from the Caribbean side. There is on-street parking right in the center of Cahuita within walking distance of the national park entrance. Well maybe it's more accurate to call it parking on the gravel shoulder as the streets are only 2 lanes wide. There is parking directly in front of the Jaguar Rescue Center and someone to keep an eye on the cars. There is plenty of parking down in Manzanillo on the dead end road which ends at the park entrance (except on Sundays when the beach is...More