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“Breathtaking”
Review of The Ara Project

The Ara Project
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Manzanillo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Manzanillo reintroduction station is located in a primary tropical rainforest at almost 100 m above sea level. The visitors are directed to the top of a hill for a once in a lifetime experience to view Endangered Great Green Macaws in free flight that we have reintroduced into the wild. This tour is a truly inspiring natural experience and a unique photographic opportunity.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Watching a large flock of wild macaws feed is quite an experience. The guide walked us through the history and purpose of the project, which is to reintroduce these beautiful birds into the wild. They take great care researching behavior and experimenting with nests in the wild to have a successful release program. My favorite part was seeing a two month old (born in the wild) bird flying from tree to tree with the grace of...a waterbuffalo. This was definitely worth the time and price for a fantastic cause.

Thank Katherine E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a MUST if you are in the Puerto Viejo area. Such a fantastic experience with cool people trying to responsibly revitalize the endangered Great Green Macaw population. Seeing these birds in the wild in all their splendor and magnificent colors as they literally fly just above your head is an unparalleled experience!

Thank EarlFoote
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Impossible to take photos of them in flight with my level of skill, so I just gave up and watched the magnificent creatures squawking and scrapping for their food. Knowledgable and enthusiastic volunteers and an hour well spent.

Thank Sam R
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

As Costa Rica continues to grow as a tourist destination, it is important to protect the animals and nature it promotes. The Ara Project is having great success with their Great Green Macaw breeding program and I recommend that people support their efforts to ensure that these birds continue to grow and thrive as a native species. Visitors will learn about Macaws and see them up close-flying free. The surrounding jungle also has lots of monkeys and other wildlife to enjoy.

Thank kia108
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Visited twice, first time it rained , so the birds were bored!, the guide told us to come another day for free so we returned the next day and the birds were super active
Had a great time, very informative.

Thank Tropicdreams
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