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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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Educational and delightful

The Ara project is a cause well worth supporting. We found the tour leader very knowledgable and... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
TheJediCouncil
Amazing!!!

We learned a ton about the plight of Scarlett and Great Green Macaw's in Costa Rica, Central... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
Brandon I
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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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Reviewed 19 February 2017

The Ara project is a cause well worth supporting. We found the tour leader very knowledgable and passionate about increasing the numbers of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. You get a short educational video followed by a walk down into the grounds where trays of...More

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

Hi TheJediCouncil, Thanks very much for the review, we're really happy you enjoyed the tour. It is great you picked up on the local artists, it is something we are really proud of. By buying locally made art our guests are directly helping save macaws...More

Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We learned a ton about the plight of Scarlett and Great Green Macaw's in Costa Rica, Central America and northern South America. Teaser alert - It's not good! Obviously the "snack" of sunflower seeds was the highlight of the entire experience. We ended up having...More

Thank Brandon I
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Hi Brandon, Thanks for the review, we are glad you enjoyed it so much. Twelve birds is a high number for this time of year, lucky you! Seeing them flying free has to be up there with the best wildlife experiences, I can't get enough!...More

Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the presentation on both emerald and scarlet macaw breeding and release programs, and was grateful to witness such beauty still in this world

Thank Deb P
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Hi Deb, Thanks for the review! It was great hearing about your stories of seeing both species in wild as well. All the best Tom The Ara Project team

Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This non profit works to rescue, breed and release Scarlet and Green Macaws. The short tour was led by a smart young intern from Germany who was passionate and knowledgeable. These birds are amazing and it is sad to learn how threatened and endangered they...More

Thank berniepr
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

Hi breniepr, Great to hear you enjoyed it so much and were inspired! That's what we are striving to get all our guests to be. Just a note on your comment; we are no longer a rescue centre, we used to be as that is...More

Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely project. Breeding, rearing and releasing macaws to bolster the local population but also educating the local populous not to try and keep these birds Highly recommended and worth while

1  Thank richard d
Reviewed 13 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
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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
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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
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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.
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