The Ara Project, Punta Islita

4.7
#14 of 68 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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  • Great opportunity to learn about mccaws, a highly endangered species and all the efforts Costa Rica is making to protect them and repopulate the country with them. Exciting to watch them being fed and to learn about their habitat and life cycle. Very knowledgeable volunteer guide.
  • Was very cool to get a education on how the Maccaws are getting brought back into better numbers in the wild. They are doing a great job
  • 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.
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