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The Ara Project

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Address: Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 50685053336
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 17:00
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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. Tours are by RESERVATION ONLY at 4pm, please book by email at least 24 hours in advance.

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this project is saving endangered birds in the area

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
fitzandmarge
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Louisville
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Louisville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if I hadn't seen a single animal I would think this a great visit. Expect to learn loads and it feels good spending money on a good cause. The two girls presenting to us were both very interesting people and knew everything there is to know about the birds. When we arrived the area was surrounded by howler monkies,... More 

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Divide, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We love this project. We took all our guest there while we owned our B&B in the area. The people are friendly and very informative. Everyone is excited about reestablishing the Macaw to our area of Costa Rica.

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Thank Gwen R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

What a wonderful way to view Great Green Mcaws up close and personal! And then to learn about them - great experience! Buffy, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions, and then some. If you love birds, you really need to visit the ARA Project, you won't be disappointed!

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Great tour and explanation of how the project works by Duaro, the Bribri young man! But my favorite part was the hour or more opportunity to photograph the Great Green Macaw and even some visiting toucans! :-)

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Naples, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I told everyone at Punta Islita that visiting Ara Project was one of our best experiences in all of our trips to Costa Rica

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Very cool place - this is a little gem - what a surprise to see this art work - our kids took a key chain class and the hotel drove them here and it is not one of those "string a few colored beads together" class - it is a real artisan that does it and it was great -

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I will be brief since this is the last of many reviews tonight. I will confirm with all the other reviews. Simply amazing tour and birds. They are so beautiful, especially with in arms reach. Please take the time and visit this beautiful and education tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Awesome experience all around. We learned a lot and saw tons of Macaws, both in the exhibits and in the wild. Our tour guide, a young British fellow was very knowledgeable, patient, and kind hearted. This is a great activity for all ages! As a bonus, we also saw many humming birds and butterflies.

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