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The Ara Project

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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
+506 8505 3336
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Extremely informative and amazing

We were within 2 feet of these spectacular birds. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
William B
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Chicago, Illinois
Family vacation

Amazing experience to see these birds flying in their natural habitat. My kids loved the experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ana D
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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 tours at our Punta Islita centre where they have the opportunity to view released Scarlet macaws in the wild. They will hear about the work The Ara Project does and why it is so important. 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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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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.

Thank William B
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Ana D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank David R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank anonymous222324
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the Ara Project's mission and purpose. The birds are amazing to watch and interact so closely. I would recommend they work on their presentation and spruce up the space a bit to make it more welcoming for the hour tour. The highlight was...More

Thank ihearttravel13
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed this place. Macaws are gorgeous and these guys a doing a good job repopulating them. After a short intro you get to climb on the platform and watch these beautiful birds.

Thank MaraN99
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Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

We liked the passion and work done by the Ara project! Seeing the birds so close was great. Recommend as something to help give back to the country!

Thank michellef16
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

You need to see what these folks are doing to insure the full return of the native macaws, which were dwindling rapidly due to human intervention.

Thank Kyle J
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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

Our visit was very informative and we got to see the beautiful birds; up close but in their natural surroundings. I’d encourage anyone that is interested in wildlife to visit.

Thank Natily
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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited here on our stay at Hotel Punta Islita. We hesitated because we saw the scarlet macaws on the beach and near our room several times. But I’m so glad we did! First of all, we were happy to pay the...More

Thank KatyTwinMom
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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
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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
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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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