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The Ara Project

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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
+506 8505 3336
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A great example of an effective NGO

We didn't see many birds but did watch 7 Scarlet Macaws feeding . Sadly we weren't allowed to see... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2017
Peterborough, United Kingdom
via mobile
Inspiring Birds

Small and rustic, yet presentation great & heart-felt and bird feeding event not to be missed. We... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Houston, Texas
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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 at our Punta Islita centre where they have the opportunity to view released Scarlet macaws in the wild. They will hear about the work The Ara Project does and why it is so important. 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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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
+506 8505 3336
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Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

We didn't see many birds but did watch 7 Scarlet Macaws feeding . Sadly we weren't allowed to see the other birds as it's breeding season This is a good example of an effective NGO

Thank Droopydrawrs52
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Small and rustic, yet presentation great & heart-felt and bird feeding event not to be missed. We love that the Costa Ricans love and protect their wilderness!

Thank traci221
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Neat place to learn about Scarlet macaws and their reintroduction into the Costa Rican wilds. Tour was informative and well worth the fee they charged. however the road there was rougher than expected (hilly and windy too). Staff was friendly and well informed. The condition...More

Thank will5822017
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The Ara Project is doing good and necessary work to breed and release endangered macaws in Costa Rica. If you're staying at the nearby Punta Islita Hotel you can set up a visit through the concierge (transportation provided) and go see the birds and learn...More

Thank sputnik1784
Reviewed 18 March 2017

It is in a remote location, but worth the effort to make a reservation in the early AM or late PM. Although the orientation was professional and educational, the birds steal the show.

Thank Bill L
Reviewed 3 March 2017

it was worth making the effort to go here - a very interesting project for these endangered species. we received a powerpoint and video summary from Tom and then watched the macaws come in for evening food. it would have been great if they had...More

Thank Angie L
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2017

Hi Angie L, Thank you for the review, we really value feedback from our guests. We are glad you think it is worth the effort to make the drive down here. Hopefully it was explained to you why we cannot go and see the breeding...More

Reviewed 27 February 2017

This is a great spot to visit if you are in the Samara area. The Are Project is a non-profit saving macaws in Costa Rica. You must reserve, in order to visit. They have a website, to do so. The tour starts with a slide...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 25 February 2017

It's a bit of a drive through some rough roads to get to the Ara project but well worth the drive. Our visit started with a presentation and video on the plight if the macaws and the work that is being done to breed and...More

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 20 February 2017 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...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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...More

Thank 175Nancy
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Hi 175Nancy, Many thanks for the best wishes! We are glad you enjoyed seeing our stunning birds flying free, they truly are natural wonder. Best regards The Ara Project team

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Ann R
24 November 2016|
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Response from Mcwarn00 | Reviewed this property |
it's about 25 minutes from Samara. there's a beautiful beach to explore, but that's about it. there is one restaurant in town that is okay. there is also the hotel restaurant which is pretty good but a bit expensive. the... More
13 February 2016|
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
There's no location in San Jose that I'm aware of - you're right that if you want to pay them a visit, it has to be on one coast or the other. For contact numbers and details of visiting times (which need to be pre-booked... More
4 December 2015|
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Response from Safarigreg | Reviewed this property |
Hello Daan, It didn't seem that the snorkeling was good there due to the rough water and tides. Better for body surfing really, or walking the beach.