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The Ara Project, Punta Islita
(4.7/5 based on 100+ 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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  • 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 Co...  more »
  • What a wonderful way to view Great Green Mcaws up close and personal! And then to learn about them - great experience! Buffy, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our q...  more »
  • Great tour and explanation of how the project works by Duaro, the Bribri young man! But my favorite part was the hour or more opportunity to photograph the Great Green Macaw and even some visiting tou...  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 S├ímara, 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