What you'll do
The Punta Islita Wild Macaw Reserve is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience the natural wonders of the area and see truly remarkable charismatic birds. Take a tour through a dry tropical jungle on the Pacific slopes of Costa Rica’s gorgeous Nicoya Peninsula, just minutes from the beautiful Playa Islita. Visitors are welcomed with a short slideshow about Macaw Recovery Network ’s conservation efforts. A tour guide will take you to watch our released wild flock of Scarlet Macaws as they fly in from the surrounding area for their morning or afternoon snack. There is plenty of time for taking photographs and asking questions to one of our knowledgable guides. By visiting us, you’ll gain firsthand experience of this restoration work and 100% of your donations are used to support our mission.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
Meet the macaws
Native to the jungles of Costa Rica, these colorful Macaws enjoy playing, socializing, preening, and making funny sounds (500 different sounds, to be exact). They also happen to be monogamous creatures who mate for life and can live up to 70 years!
About the organization
Macaw Recovery Network
Macaw Recovery Network is a Costa Rican nonprofit committed to the conservation of endangered tropical parrots. MRN is guided by science and years of experience as it builds a future where parrot populations thrive again in the tropical forests. MRN monitors and protects wild populations, rescues and releases parrots and manages habitat with an active program of community outreach and engagement.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Macaw Recovery Network.
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Where you'll be
Our visitor center is easily found by signage, 45 minutes east of Playa Samara along the coast. Upon arrival at the center, you are in a shaded building for about 20 minutes to enjoy learning about our efforts and seeing the Macaws from a viewpoint area. You will then walk down some 25 steps (100 feet) for a closer view and more information. Once photographs have been taken, people are guided back up for more information and a final wrap up.
Things to keep in mind
Up to 7 guests of all ages can attend. An appetite for experiencing the beauty of nature and learning about conservation efforts
It is important to take plenty of time for driving to the location and plan to arrive a little early (5-10 mins or so) Price Includes 13% IVA tax
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