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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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Philadelphia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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

San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Great to see the animals up close and learn about their care. Holding the jealous, female spider monkey's hand was fun, as was petting the friendly peccary.

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

Hi JCatBlueStar, We offer several options to learn about the animals. It can be a brief tour of 1,5 to 2 hours, the same tour plus a volunteering option that takes a total of 3 to 3,5 hour hlaf day activity, and even a full day option of around 7 hours. This gives the option for you to analyze of... More

Dallas, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I liked that this is a REAL animal rescue & rehabilitation center for animals, not just some crappy roadside show like we have in the United States.

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

Hola TravelJunkies13, Proyecto Asis thank you for your visit and contribution for this cause and mission of preserving wildlife. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed the activity. Regards, - Proyecto Asis staff More

Vancouver, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is not a zoo. It is a rescue, and when possible, rehabilitation and release center. It is privately funded. The staff are very knowledgeable, and we got to prepare food and feed the animals. We had a great time, especially feeding the spider monkeys, who even held our hands!

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

Hi Dinseygroupie, Your clarification is definitely very important and that's why our goal is not collecting many animals, but releasing as many as possible. Thanks for sharing your experience and let everyone else know about this great opportunity for individuals, or parties. We are so glad to read about it. We also thank you for your contribution that helps us... More

Brisbane, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Informative, excellent tour. Learned about local animals and conservation efforts. Pay a little extra and feed the animals and birds -- a giddy treat! Highly recommended, especially for families.

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

Hola Jaren L, Thanks a lot for your review. We are glad to know about your experience. we really appreciate your donation and support as it helps us continue preserving wildlife. Regards, - Proyecto Asis staff More

Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was a great way to spend an afternoon in Costa Rica. We drove here from our stay in Arenal (about 1/2 hour drive) and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Carlos was a great tour guide and very passionate about the animals. His English was very good and he was pretty funny as well! We did the tour/volunteer... More

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

Hi MKJLR, Thanks for sharing your experience. We are glad to read you had a enjoyable activity. We hope to meet again in the future. Thanks for your support and sharing your comments. We love to read them. Regards, - Proyecto Asis staff More

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