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Proyecto Asis

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park 4400, Costa Rica
+506 2475 9121
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Previous Reservation is required. Proyecto Asis is a Wildlife Shelter and Environmental Education Center located very close to La Fortuna. Wild... more » Owner description: Previous Reservation is required. Proyecto Asis is a Wildlife Shelter and Environmental Education Center located very close to La Fortuna. Wild animals which have been found wounded, forsaken or are rescued from the black market by the local forest rangers are brought here. Those that cannot be released are used within our educational programs. In order to finance our shelter, we offer daily tours and volunteer activities. Schedules: Monday to Saturday at 8:30 am or at 1:00 pm. Sundays Closed. Easy access facilities and trails for all ages. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We saw this on the website and decided to make a visit, when we arrived we were told that scheduled trips ran at 8.30 and 1.00pm and that they were fully booked that day. The website didn't make it clear that you had to book a tour In advance. When we begged very nicely it be allowed to look around... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We took public transportation to Proyecto Asis which is very doable, however the bus takes about an hour from the downtown La Fortuna bus station. At $51 pp for the tour and volunteering, we thought the price was a bit steep, but the money goes to a good cause. Carlos gave the tour and he was an excellent, engaging guide.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited Proyecto Asis based on Trip Advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. Our guide was Carlos and he was really enthusiastic and informative about the work that they do at the refuge. We are not fans of caged animals and birds, but realise that the aim here is to reintroduce the animals and birds to the wild when... More

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Our family enjoyed our visit with Alberto. The tour and education provided was valuable as we learned about each animal, why they were here, the plants and insects, wildlife trafficking and asked a wealth of questions. Close-up pictures and videos of our experience will be a topic of discussion for a long-time. Lastly, Alberto educated me on great coffee and... More

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Chino Hills, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Proyecto Asis is an animal shelter for wild Costa Rican animals that have either been injured in the wild or have been confiscated from illegal owners. They try to rehabilitate (if possible) and return the animals to the wild. This is not always possible if the animal had been a pet since birth. So in some ways it is like... More

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went for the volunteering tour, which was so much fun. The first 2 hrs is a tour and description of all their animals, and you get to pet some of the monkeys. After the tour there is a coffee/lemonade/fruit break, and then you cut up some fruit and vegetables for the animals. The best part was feeding the animals.... More

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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Definitely good what this place is doing for animals, but we wanted to volunteer on our trip. This was more like a petting zoo. Good information...neat thing to have done...but if you're looking for a service/volunteer activity, look elsewhere.

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Berlin, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My family had a wonderful time at Proyecto Asis. Our guide was interesting, funny, passionate about animal rescue, and knowledgeable. We got lost on the way there and were late but they were kind and understanding and instantly relieved our stress. We did the volunteer portion where we prepared the food and fed the animals. Both the tour and volunteer... More

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Oak Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We paid extra for the volunteer part and it was well worth it. My son said it was his favorite thing in Costa Rica. I guess he likes 5 parrots sitting on his arms, head and shoulders eating his hair, ears and food that he had cradled between his arms.

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asisproject, Front Office Manager at Proyecto Asis, responded to this review

Hola Sue R, We appreciate your willingness to meet at Proyecto Asis. Your visit contributed immensely to the rescue center. We are so glad to read about your experience and the fact that it was your kid's favorite experience. Warm regards, - Proyecto Asis staff More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We visited halfway through our trip last September after staying three nights in La Fortuna and on our way to the Nicoya Peninsula. I had read all of the glowing reviews and am a huge animal lover, so I was pretty much set to dive right in. My fiance, however, was not so keen on "working while on vacation" and... More

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asisproject, Front Office Manager at Proyecto Asis, responded to this review

Hola Karen R, Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful experience you both had. We are ecstatic to read and share this with our staff. We thank you both for the help with the animals and hope to meet again for any of our different programs. Best regards, Proyecto Asis More

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