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The Ara Project

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Address: Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
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+506 8505 3336
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In remote, jungle covered hills on the Pacific coast, The Ara Project, a...

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 of the Punta Islita breeding and release centre where they have the opportunity to view released Scarlet macaws in the wild and up close and meet some of the Great Green macaws kept for breeding. 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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The Ara Project is doing such great work - releasing Scarlet and Great Green Macaws in Costa Rica. They first give you a presentation about the plight of the Macaws. Afterwards... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Burbank, California
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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Ara Project is doing such great work - releasing Scarlet and Great Green Macaws in Costa Rica. They first give you a presentation about the plight of the Macaws. Afterwards you get to see some of these beautiful parrots come to feed. It's amazing to witness!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We learned a lot about the birds and observed them close at hand at the evening feeding. The rest of our vacation we were delighted to see them throughout the day in a tree near the dining area of our hotel and on the golf course. The macaws in flight are an unforgettable sight. The veterinarian's talk at the project... More 

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Thank 175Nancy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Ara project is a cause well worth supporting. We found the tour leader very knowledgable and passionate about increasing the numbers of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. You get a short educational video followed by a walk down into the grounds where trays of food are hoisted up into the trees for the wild birds. The Macaws gather prior... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We learned a ton about the plight of Scarlett and Great Green Macaw's in Costa Rica, Central America and northern South America. Teaser alert - It's not good! Obviously the "snack" of sunflower seeds was the highlight of the entire experience. We ended up having 12 wild Scarlett Macaw's visit which even our guide was surprised by. I highly recommend... More 

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TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi Brandon, Thanks for the review, we are glad you enjoyed it so much. Twelve birds is a high number for this time of year, lucky you! Seeing them flying free has to be up there with the best wildlife experiences, I can't get enough! We strive to teach people about these beautiful birds and also explain to people why... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the presentation on both emerald and scarlet macaw breeding and release programs, and was grateful to witness such beauty still in this world

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TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi Deb, Thanks for the review! It was great hearing about your stories of seeing both species in wild as well. All the best Tom The Ara Project team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This non profit works to rescue, breed and release Scarlet and Green Macaws. The short tour was led by a smart young intern from Germany who was passionate and knowledgeable. These birds are amazing and it is sad to learn how threatened and endangered they are. We learned a lot and were inspired by our visit. This is a must... More 

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TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi breniepr, Great to hear you enjoyed it so much and were inspired! That's what we are striving to get all our guests to be. Just a note on your comment; we are no longer a rescue centre, we used to be as that is the way we got most of our breeding birds. We stopped rescuing birds so we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely project. Breeding, rearing and releasing macaws to bolster the local population but also educating the local populous not to try and keep these birds Highly recommended and worth while

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Belton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Seeing these beautiful birds up close was amazing! I was shocked to learn how fast the population has declined over the last 10 years. So glad this project exists to insure this species lives on for the next generation to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

this was worth the trip; don’t miss it! The effort is bring back endangered species and they have been very successful.

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Thank fitzandmarge
The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Wonderful program and very knowledgeable staff. Very well run and meaningful work to save the Macaws. The birds in the wild have fallen to numbers in the thousands. Very tragic. This program is working to release birds back to the wild.

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