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The Ara Project, Punta Islita

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Wildlife Area
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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  • The ARA project requires any support which can get it because the work from donations is financed. During my visit was terrifying for me to hear it, and to see that these beautiful animals of the extinction are threatened because man takes away Habitat them from profiteering. Great, I think the many volunteers who will do whatever it takes to secure the continued existence of this fascinating parrots. Who loves animals and has interest in animal welfare, should visit the project anyway and learn about the work on the ground.
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  • We decided spontanously to apply for a tour and where admitted at 3 p.m., which is now the feeding time for this majestic birds. On a 40 ha ground we could see lots of macaws feeding, flying, communic...  more »
  • We didn't see many birds but did watch 7 Scarlet Macaws feeding . Sadly we weren't allowed to see the other birds as it's breeding season This is a good example of an effective NGO  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