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The Ara Project

#1 of 2 things to do in Punta Islita Features Animals
Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
+506 8505 3336
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Seeing these beautiful birds up close was amazing! I was shocked to learn how fast the population... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2016
Belton, Texas
via mobile
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... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2016
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“Gorgeous birds!”
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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
+506 8505 3336
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Reviewed 14 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.

Thank susanskjones118
Reviewed 4 December 2016

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

Thank fitzandmarge
Reviewed 26 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.

2  Thank ChrisMPowell
Reviewed 21 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...More

1  Thank ReviewBarracuda
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.

1  Thank Gwen R
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,...More

3  Thank stephanie t
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi Stephanie, Thanks very much for the review, it is an amazing location at Manzanillo. I just wanted to make people reading this review aware that it is talking about The Ara Project's Manzanillo Great-green macaw release site on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica,...More

Reviewed 26 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! :-)

1  Thank Charlie D
Reviewed 21 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

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 24 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"...More

Thank Mark P
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...More

Thank Kurtisa001
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Ann R
How far is The Ara Project in Punta Islita from Nosara? Or Playa Samara? Are there grounds to explore or places to eat nearby?
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
Is there a physical location for this in San Jose? I only see two locations and they are both on opposite coasts. How do I find out about hours or scheduling a visit?
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
Are there any good snorkling beaches we can head to after visiting the ARA Project?
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.