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The Ara Project

#1 of 2 things to do in Punta Islita Features Animals
Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
+506 8505 3336
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Really good to visit and learn more

it was worth making the effort to go here - a very interesting project for these endangered... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Angie L
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Dorking, United Kingdom
Great Spot it see the macaws

This is a great spot to visit if you are in the Samara area. The Are Project is a non-profit saving... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Helen B
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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  • Very good5%
  • Average2%
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5 days ago
“Gorgeous birds!”
1 week ago
“They do great work!”
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Punta Islita 50906, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

it was worth making the effort to go here - a very interesting project for these endangered species. we received a powerpoint and video summary from Tom and then watched the macaws come in for evening food. it would have been great if they had...More

Thank Angie L
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi Angie L, Thank you for the review, we really value feedback from our guests. We are glad you think it is worth the effort to make the drive down here. Hopefully it was explained to you why we cannot go and see the breeding...More

Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is a great spot to visit if you are in the Samara area. The Are Project is a non-profit saving macaws in Costa Rica. You must reserve, in order to visit. They have a website, to do so. The tour starts with a slide...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 25 February 2017

It's a bit of a drive through some rough roads to get to the Ara project but well worth the drive. Our visit started with a presentation and video on the plight if the macaws and the work that is being done to breed and...More

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The Ara Project is doing such great work - releasing Scarlet and Great Green Macaws in Costa Rica. They first give you a presentation about the plight of the Macaws. Afterwards you get to see some of these beautiful parrots come to feed. It's amazing...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We learned a lot about the birds and observed them close at hand at the evening feeding. The rest of our vacation we were delighted to see them throughout the day in a tree near the dining area of our hotel and on the golf...More

Thank 175Nancy
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi 175Nancy, Many thanks for the best wishes! We are glad you enjoyed seeing our stunning birds flying free, they truly are natural wonder. Best regards The Ara Project team

Reviewed 19 February 2017

The Ara project is a cause well worth supporting. We found the tour leader very knowledgable and passionate about increasing the numbers of Scarlet Macaws in Costa Rica. You get a short educational video followed by a walk down into the grounds where trays of...More

Thank TheJediCouncil
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi TheJediCouncil, Thanks very much for the review, we're really happy you enjoyed the tour. It is great you picked up on the local artists, it is something we are really proud of. By buying locally made art our guests are directly helping save macaws...More

Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We learned a ton about the plight of Scarlett and Great Green Macaw's in Costa Rica, Central America and northern South America. Teaser alert - It's not good! Obviously the "snack" of sunflower seeds was the highlight of the entire experience. We ended up having...More

Thank Brandon I
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi Brandon, Thanks for the review, we are glad you enjoyed it so much. Twelve birds is a high number for this time of year, lucky you! Seeing them flying free has to be up there with the best wildlife experiences, I can't get enough!...More

Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the presentation on both emerald and scarlet macaw breeding and release programs, and was grateful to witness such beauty still in this world

Thank Deb P
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi Deb, Thanks for the review! It was great hearing about your stories of seeing both species in wild as well. All the best Tom The Ara Project team

Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This non profit works to rescue, breed and release Scarlet and Green Macaws. The short tour was led by a smart young intern from Germany who was passionate and knowledgeable. These birds are amazing and it is sad to learn how threatened and endangered they...More

Thank berniepr
TheAraProjectIslita, Manager at The Ara Project, responded to this review

Hi breniepr, Great to hear you enjoyed it so much and were inspired! That's what we are striving to get all our guests to be. Just a note on your comment; we are no longer a rescue centre, we used to be as that is...More

Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely project. Breeding, rearing and releasing macaws to bolster the local population but also educating the local populous not to try and keep these birds Highly recommended and worth while

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Ann R
How far is The Ara Project in Punta Islita from Nosara? Or Playa Samara? Are there grounds to explore or places to eat nearby?
24 November 2016|
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Response from Mcwarn00 | Reviewed this property |
it's about 25 minutes from Samara. there's a beautiful beach to explore, but that's about it. there is one restaurant in town that is okay. there is also the hotel restaurant which is pretty good but a bit expensive. the... More
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HappyTravel-rs
Is there a physical location for this in San Jose? I only see two locations and they are both on opposite coasts. How do I find out about hours or scheduling a visit?
12 February 2016|
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Response from Jon S | Reviewed this property |
There's no location in San Jose that I'm aware of - you're right that if you want to pay them a visit, it has to be on one coast or the other. For contact numbers and details of visiting times (which need to be pre-booked... More
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mkthonak
Are there any good snorkling beaches we can head to after visiting the ARA Project?
3 December 2015|
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Response from Safarigreg | Reviewed this property |
Hello Daan, It didn't seem that the snorkeling was good there due to the rough water and tides. Better for body surfing really, or walking the beach.
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