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The Ara Project, Punta Islita
(4.7/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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. The Ara Project is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Punta Islita Edition.
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  • 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 t...  more »
  • this was worth the trip; don’t miss it! The effort is bring back endangered species and they have been very successful. 
  • 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 workin...  more »
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  • This is a great project, dedicated to protecting and repopulating Scarlet and Great Green Macaws in Costa Rica. The employees and volunteers who work here are extremely kind and polite, and will guide kids and adults through the problems facing the Macaws patiently. Lots of gorgeous macaws to see, mostly flying around in the wild. Although the place is a little remote and difficult to get to, it's well worth the drive. From Sámara, it's only a 20-30 minute drive (on a rocky but passable road).
  • Great birds! However, overpriced place. Had more expectations before visiting. At least you can see birds very close