The Ara Project, Punta Islita

4.6
#14 of 53 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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  • We visited it in September 2017 and were very disappointed. It's not easy to get there, you must have 4X4 vehicle and must make a reservation 24 hour before. We came in and firstly got 15 mins present...  more »
  • In the August 2017, we visited the presentation that appeared while engaged, but little "professional". A young Englishman presented through a slide show of the project and worth knowing, also an older students would have to assemble. Content little more than what you can - read but also in the Internet for non-native speakers in addition to fast - it was subliminal donations already heavily towards. Only: For what? Despite questions how much money is used for what areas, as successfully in the natural context the settlement efforts are really, what opportunities support the birds without jahr(zehnte)lange etc. have not realized Sure all visitors came to experience the beautiful macaws at close range-but you had to join the long lecture before it went to the evening feeding in a nearby tree. After all, you could then spot 8 birds through foliage... I would have been quite disappointed much closer and longer - if we not in the morning and in the evening - experienced the birds feeding the almonds in the Hotel Punta Islata, situated on the hill above the site. May be, that we as the ARA project benefits I have restricted (because the fees were justified ;-)) - otherwise only very visiting the event would recommend rather discourage families with children, because the ratio of instruction: experience is bad.
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  • We found this tour to be informative and a wonderful way to observe wild macaws at a close yet respectful distance. I admire this project's work and the way they treat the birds to reintroduce them in...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great to see how people care to help a species that's going to be distinct soon. Hope you'll save the amazing beautiful macau birds.
  • 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).

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