The Ara Project, Punta Islita

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#15 of 54 in Parks in Province of Guanacaste
Learn about Costa Rica's two endangered macaw species as you tour The Ara Project, where knowledgeable guides educate you and give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the exotic birds. Located in the midst of remote jungle covered hills, the bird sanctuary breeds scarlet and green macaws before releasing them into the wild. Immerse yourself in the sight and sound of vibrantly colored birds freely flying around and socializing among the tree tops. You must make reservations in advance to secure your visit. See The Ara Project and all Punta Islita has to offer by arranging your trip with our Punta Islita trip planner.
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  • The Ara Project is a non-profit bird breeding and release center for both scarlet and great green macaws in the hills above Punta Islita. This is a must see project if you are in the Samara area. The ...  more »
  • We had a little trouble finding the entrance after the main gate was closed. However once there we were pleased with both the presentation about the ARA project and the concern over Macaws in CR. We g...  more »
  • Interesting lecture and site to see some birds. Phenomenal work this non profit is doing to rehabitate. We were close by so a nice hour to do something different but I wouldn't make a special trip unl...  more »
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  • Excellent adventure. Awesome to see macaws I flight
  • I was thrilled when I discovered the Ara Project release site was right down the road from Villa Noor, our house in Costa Rica. It is $20 per adult for a tour. The tour is really just standing on the viewing platform and watching the Great Green macaws flying all around you. The birds are critically endangered and Ara is working to save them, so we didn't mind paying at all. Two volunteers answered questions for us, but the birds stole the show. It defies words to describe what it is like to see those amazing birds in the wild, free to soar all around us. You must see them for yourself.
  • Wonderful team. Invaluable work. Lots to learn and see. Please visit and support them.
  • An amazing experience. You learn about the plight of the macaws in Costa Rica, plus what the Ara Project is doing to help. I am one of those folks that is a bit nature/animal obsessed, but I learned new things and gained a new perspective. After getting the run down, it makes seeing the wild Scarlet Macaws even more special (we were lucky enough to see six). Tom was our guide and was great. Couldn't recommend this enough... But make sure you have a car that can get you there. We had a small rental and it was a bit of a stressful drive.
  • 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 about the challenges to their habitat. Definitely a good cause to support and a great way to learn about these incredible animals.

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