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“Macaw Centre”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Ara Project

The Ara Project
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Macaw Centre”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 close up. Check their website for up to date information.

Visited December 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“The Alajuela location is moving, but our experience was really not pleasant”
2 of 5 bubbles 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 was over-exuberant. Others kept fighting right where we were standing, putting us in danger of getting in the middle of it. Further, they have no plans of taking these dogs with them to new location... Knowing the major problem with homeless dogs in Costa Rica, I can only expect that they are going to leave these dogs back on the street (where they were originally found and "adopted"). All of them weren't even fixed. Just unbelievable.

Like I said, this location is going away, but the filth and dog issue was so disturbing that I felt compelled to share my experience. I hope they do better in their new location.

The birds were interesting to see, though the green macaws had already been moved, and I understand they are trying to do good work for them which is the only reason for my second star.

Visited October 2013
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Canada
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Must see Macaws!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 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 poaching, their numbers have decreased drastically. During your tour you will learn about the challenges faced by the birds in the wild. You'll also learn what it takes to breed, raise and release these gorgeous creatures, it's no easy task. The staff here are so passionate and dedicated about the program and the birds and really take the time to teach everything they can about the Macaws. Make sure to take your camera! This is a great activity for adults and kids. The ARA Project is working very hard to keep Macaws in the wild in Costa Rica for generations to come

Visited September 2013
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Placerville, California
2 reviews
“excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

affordable, clean and professional staff. The location was very close and easy to access the airport.

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Very interesting but a little long”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

We went to the ARA project right after flying into Arenal. We did the 2 hour tour. It was interesting hearing about the animals they had. They had a lot of bird. The best part of the tour for our kids ages 11 was that they were able to hold the baby capuchin monkey.

Visited July 2013
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