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The Ara Project

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That’s a good possibility to see those wonderful birds, get to know more about them and how works... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Madrid, Spain
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Such a great project, a must visit.

This is a wonderful project, it is so nice to see these birds out in the wild. You much go and... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
Costa Rica
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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...more
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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
+506 8505 3336
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All reviews scarlet macaws costa rica beautiful birds hotel punta islita non profit great visit amazing experience love nature their natural habitat nearby hotel worthy cause spread the word definitely worth a visit rainy season amazing pictures within feet hour tour
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Ara Project last week while staying at Hotel Punta Islita. It was very informative however I had wished we'd been able to see more of the property and workings. Definitely worth the visit to learn what all these amazing people are doing!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

That’s a good possibility to see those wonderful birds, get to know more about them and how works the rescue center - that was really interesting. Nice people, doing very important work!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

This is a wonderful project, it is so nice to see these birds out in the wild. You much go and support them, especially if you have children.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CEC131
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Love it, what an amazing place, doing amazing work, please make the visit! This work is so important and without visitors and donations it cannot continue.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Cindy E
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!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 249marciaa
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank AnaD6545
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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Y8928MTdavidr
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!

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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.