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The Ara Project

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Address: Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
50685053336
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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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Save the Macaws!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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1 Thank richard d
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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Thank susanskjones118
Louisville
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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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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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1 Thank ChrisMPowell
Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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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