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“If you're an animal lover, do this.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Proyecto Asis

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
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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.
New York, New York, United States
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“If you're an animal lover, do this.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

Completely worthwhile, educational and fun. A highlight of our trip to the Arenal area. We took the tour and volunteered for the morning session. Carlos, our guide, was a delight, Andy we learned a TON about: spider monkeys, peccaries, macaws, parrots, parakeets, coatimundis, kinkajous, capuchin monkeys, boas, etc. We had the wonderful chance to interact with most of the animals, with the knowledge that when they are able, Proyecto Asis releases their guests into nature.

The group size was small, which was also very nice (the people were also congenial).

Our volunteer duty was meal prep and feeding, which was pretty darn cool.

The cost for two was about $100 US, but when you see the care and attention to the animals' welfare, you realize it's money well spent. This should be on your must-do list if you love animals.

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“Best way to see animals in La Fortuna area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

My wife and I did a 1/2 day with volunteer tour. I have to give a warning though! If you take the public bus from La Fortuna you need to make sure tell the bus driver you want to go to "animal sanctuary". If you say Proyecto Asis, you may end up at the bottom of a hill leading to a Power Company called Ice!! We were an hour late for our tour and nobody at the gates spoke English!! It was about 5 kilometers away, which negated a lot of our savings from taking a taxi b/c we had to call for one anyways. Even the taxi driver didn't know the place until he called his office and they spoke English, at which point they mentioned the animal santcuary and I said yes.

Ok enough of the travel woes! The tour itself was awesome. Carlos was our tour guide and he was fun and informative. You get to learn about and touch a lot of the animals that you may or may not see in the wild. During the dry season we found many of the animals missing from plain view like we saw in the rainy season. The "volunteer" time is more expensive but it absolutely makes the tour great! You get to feed the animals and interact with them. If you are in or around La Fortuna do not miss this tour and bring a camera!

Visited January 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“interesting and well spent 2 hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

we enjoyed this though we did not know that they have 2 tour times- 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
good tour, interesting information and worth the $27/head

Visited February 2013
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“A favorite experience of trip to Costa Rica!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We LOVED our visit to Proyecto ASIS! While staying in Fortuna, we rented a car for a day just to make the trip to Proyecto ASIS. Very easy 30 minute drive from Fortuna.
Carlos our guide was wonderful- so friendly, great english, and clearly loves both his job and the animals. He gave us a wonderful tour of all the animals, eagerly answered all our questions. We got to hear the story about how each animal ended up at the refuge, and if and when they will be able to be released back into the wild. It was obvious that he's bonded with many of the animals there. We stayed for the volunteer part after the tour, and this was definitely worth it! We got to cut fruit and prepare "pancakes", and then went to feed all the different animals. They offered us a break between the tour and volunteering with a typical latino drink called Horchata- which was a nice touch. We got to pet the baby sloth, and hold the baby white faced monkeys- which was so fun. The monkeys of course are a highlight because they interacted with us.
Thinking over our entire trip- many of my favorite memories came from Proyecto ASIS! Definitely worth the visit! If you like animals- a must do while in the Fortuna area.

Visited January 2013
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“Great people doing great things! BIG highlight of our trip!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

What an amazing experience! Not only do you get an up close view of some of the amazing animals of Costa Rica, but you learn so much about them!
Our guide was Carlos and he really knew his stuff! You could tell how much the animals liked him (especially the monkeys) and the feelings were mutual! Carlos and the others at Proyecto AsIs really care about these animals and doing the right thing for them.
Please pay a visit in order to help them to continue doing what they do. You won't be disappointed! If you want to make even more of a difference, contact them about volunteering for the day or longer! I only wish that my husband and I had known about this opportunity beforehand. We would absolutely have volunteered to do out part!
Even if you can't make it there, consider giving a donation! It's really a great cause!
Thank you for the memories! Hope to see you again soon!

Visited January 2013
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