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The Ara Project

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Open today: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Great side trip fro the Marriott. It’s so incredible to see these amazing creatures. This org does... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Marcia A
via mobile
Extremely informative and amazing

We were within 2 feet of these spectacular birds. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2018
William B
Chicago, Illinois
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“scarlet macaws”(28 reviews)
“costa rica”(25 reviews)
“beautiful birds”(15 reviews)
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...more
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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
+506 8505 3336
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Great side trip fro the Marriott. It’s so incredible to see these amazing creatures. This org does great work!

Thank Marcia A
Reviewed 21 June 2018

We were within 2 feet of these spectacular birds. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot, and got amazing pictures. A must see if you are in the area.

Thank William B
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Amazing experience to see these birds flying in their natural habitat. My kids loved the experience and the presentation was interesting. Great job guys and thank you for protecting these beautiful birds.

Thank Ana D
Reviewed 14 June 2018

It was interesting to see how and why they are trying to bring back the Macaws to Cost Rica. We went down to an area where they fed with about 15 Macaws that were in the wild. Beautiful birds and are in need to be...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

There is a short tour followed by some amazing bird watching. This visit was definitely worth it and a must see! You get to see the macaws everywhere, which was amazing. And the Project is doing great and important work.Would highly recommend!

Thank anonymous222324
Reviewed 31 May 2018

I love the Ara Project's mission and purpose. The birds are amazing to watch and interact so closely. I would recommend they work on their presentation and spruce up the space a bit to make it more welcoming for the hour tour. The highlight was...More

Thank ihearttravel13
Reviewed 27 May 2018

We enjoyed this place. Macaws are gorgeous and these guys a doing a good job repopulating them. After a short intro you get to climb on the platform and watch these beautiful birds.

Thank MaraN99
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We liked the passion and work done by the Ara project! Seeing the birds so close was great. Recommend as something to help give back to the country!

Thank michellef16
Reviewed 2 May 2018

You need to see what these folks are doing to insure the full return of the native macaws, which were dwindling rapidly due to human intervention.

Thank Kyle J
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Our visit was very informative and we got to see the beautiful birds; up close but in their natural surroundings. I’d encourage anyone that is interested in wildlife to visit.

Thank Natily
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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.