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The Ara Project

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Address: Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 8505 3336
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16:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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Macaws!

Located next to, and supported by, Hotel Punta Islita, the ARA Project was a wonder way to enjoy the area. Literally DOZENS of Macaws flew the area, including around the hotel... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 July 2016
Brad B
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Located next to, and supported by, Hotel Punta Islita, the ARA Project was a wonder way to enjoy the area. Literally DOZENS of Macaws flew the area, including around the hotel, and no doubt this was the result of ARA. Hotel shuttle can drive you down and very well worth the trip while staying anywhere around Islita - even worth... More 

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Thank Brad B
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

A great afternoon spent hanging out with the macaws at the Ara Project! Macaws are naturally bond-seeking so they were super excited to have guests. :) Would recommend it for an enlightening excursion.

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1 Thank Amanda G
Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Well worth the drive!! The Macaws are vibrant, majestic creatures who enjoy human interaction. It was amazing how close they got to us without worry. Truly a must see. We had a very knowledgable tour guide Tom. He was extremely personable and passionate about his work. Our tour went longer than planned but he never rushed us. He answered all... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

It's incredibly cool to see an organization successfully bringing back wildlife to the wild. You get an idea of the real challenges and success on the tour; it's mind-blowing. Then you get a whole lot of popping bird color....

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1 Thank zaness2015
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Wow thanks for the great review! Our tours are an opportunity for us to spread the word about the plight of these two macaw species in Central America, to reveal a bit about how we go about conserving them in the wild and to share our love for these magnificent, charismatic birds. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

We had a great volunteer from Australia show us around the parrots and macaws and totally explain everything about the beautiful birds and the ARA Project. Wonderful experience - don't miss this!

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Thank Greg T
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us, it's always a pleasure to meet people interested in our beautiful birds! Thanks for your support, I hope we see you again! The Ara Team More 

Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

This project is for a very good cause helping the indigenous parrots. The guide was very informative and we had some amazing photographing opportunities. There is a small fee per person.

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Thank Shakeel K
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. We definitely believe working to save the endangered macaws of Costa Rica is a good cause! The Ara team More 

New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Def worth the hour trip to visit this great project that help the macaws thrive in the wild again. A must if you visit Costa Rica!

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed meeting our beautiful birds. Thanks for visiting us and leaving a review! More 

Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We went with our family to the Ara Project through Hotel Punta Islita. First, I will start off by saying that the hotel lists this as an included "free" program but states that a $20 donation is "suggested." It is not suggested, it is mandatory. Your guide will ask you how you want to pay (if you are staying at... More 

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

Thank you for your great review! We run tours to offer the public an opportunity to meet these special birds up close and to spread the word that they are in trouble and need our help. All visitors are charged an entrance fee and 100% of that and any donations made during your visit goes to saving these two species... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

Definitely worth the trip! We learned quite a bit about macaws and then were able to snap some amazing photos.

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

Thank you for visiting us, by doing so you have helped us protect these birds in the Wild! We appreciate your wonderful review, thank you! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Liking the history and ecological impact - great experience,!!!!!! Needs donation but worth the experience and helps the environment.

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

We are glad to hear you had such a nice experience! By visiting us you have helped us to protect these birds and their environment! Thank you More 

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