Proyecto Asis
Proyecto Asis
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8:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Brian A
Centerville, UT316 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Drove 40 minutes because all their materials said you could make reservations at the desk. When we got there, the front gate was closed, nobody answered their little call box and they didn't answer the phone when we called. We were looking forward to our visit based on everyone else's recommendations but couldn't even get on property to find the reception desk and make a reservation. It was a nice drive through the small towns and countryside but other than that, a wasted half day.
Written January 28, 2021
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diane154992
Kingston, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The trails are very well cared for and well layed out. The guide was very knowledgeable and made sure we all had time to check the spotting scope. He assisted us with bird identification and helped us see both a male a female quetzel. wow!
Written February 11, 2020
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Hi diane154992, Seems you were visiting the Arenal Volcano area and not exactly our wildlife rescue center. Maybe you want to find the experience provider. :)
Written February 13, 2020
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Steph W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Proyecto Asis does incredible work, I can't recommend it highly enough! It's a must visit!

My 11-year-old daughter and I spent 2 weeks volunteering at Proyecto Asis, and we LOVED every minute of it! From the welcoming homestay with our lovely host Abuela (who was an incredible cook and a gracious host), to the daily volunteer/learning opportunities with the super friendly staff at Proyecto, to the personally sculped extracurricular activites created for us; every part of the experience was incredibly enriching! Through hands on activites (some of which included preparing food and enrichment activites for the animals) we learned the importance of keeping wildlife in the wild. Proyecto Asis is truly an inspirational wildlife rescue center, that cares deeply for all animals and believes in giving back to the local community. It's definitely worth a visit...the longer the better!
Written March 18, 2023
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Hola, Steph, and Adelle! We have no words to thank you for trusting our organization for your Volunteer Program. You had the opportunity of doing extra activities here that gave you a better point of view on why we always insist on keeping these species in their natural habitat. Sharing with a host family from the community where we are located is also a way to experience Costa Rican hospitality. Thank you for leaving us to be part of your experiences and life! You are more than welcome to come back.
Written March 27, 2023
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Robyn J
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We did this tour and at first I was a little bored, it felt like a zoo experience. Then we prepped the food and fed them animals and that was great.

It wasn't until we did a safari later that day and saw other animals on our trip that I realized how much we learned with Johnny and how great it was we got to see the animals up close as most of the animals we say in the wild were much farther away.

I would recommend this and do the volunteer part- it was fun making the food.
Written January 3, 2023
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Hola RobynJ176! Happy New Year 2023 to you and your family! Wow! It is so nice when you said, "It wasn't until we did a safari later that day and saw other animals on our trip that I realized how much we learned with Johnny." You don't have an idea how much it means to us! Happy to be part of your trip and experience as well! Thank you so much for coming.
Written January 3, 2023
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Radiohead319
Olveston, UK168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a brilliant, relaxing and educational tour of their animal sanctuary. We learned all about how they rehabilitate the animals that come to them, and why some that have been raised as pets cannot be rehabilitated. A really engaging presentation style which was pitched just right for adults and children.

I don't think they are big enough to accept coach tours, so this tour is with just a few people, so no crowding to see the animals. Lovely gardens too. Paths are level with loose stone - so mostly suitable for wheelchairs and baby buggies, except the odd patch where stone is deeper/looser.

A really lovely trip. Although it seems expensive I think overall it was good value compared to other tours, plus it is supporting a great project
Written February 4, 2024
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Hi Radiohead319! More than rehabilitating animals, we want to prevent more of them from coming here because of similar circumstances. Because illegal wildlife trade is a huge issue, we also want to let our visitors know about it. We like activities more personalized for our visitors. For that reason, our groups are small. Many thanks for coming and supporting our Sanctuary!
Written February 5, 2024
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Jen
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
What a great place, doing great work, by really great and wonderful people! We did the tour + volunteering and it was a truly special experience that we will always remember. Carlos's passion for the animals is infectious. Considering the week long volunteering option on our next visit.
Written March 24, 2020
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Neha B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We had a great time at Proyecto Asis. The guide was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, sharing about the important work of the sanctuary. We also did the volunteer activity where you prepare food for the animals and then watch them eat. Super fun!
Written December 2, 2021
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James K
London, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Great place to see animals up close in a rehab centre rather than a zoo. The work they do is wonderful and the guiding was so informative and fun. Mostly they had toucans, macaws, monkeys, parakeets. But every day this could change although the rehab of some animals takes years. Sadly many are there because they were illegal pets and some are therefore not indigenous.
Written March 10, 2020
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Hi kidwell_james, Thank you very much for referring like this about our Wildlife Rescue Center as a great place. We also thank you very much for the contribution you made by showing up and participating with us in our activities. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us.
Written March 13, 2020
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Meg K
Ringwood, NJ16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
What an amazing experience. The grounds are beautiful and staff is amazing. Proyecto Asis mission is to rehabilitate and release animals back to the wild whenever possible. They provide expert care and work hard to educate those that come to see their facility. They don’t believe in handling the animals as they want to release them to the wild whenever possible. Their tour consisted of seeing macaws, monkeys, parrots, coatis etc in their enclosures and educating on what the animal was and what the approach is to evaluating health and readying/preparing to be released. There are of course animals that cannot be released due to age, injury, etc and they do an amazing job of providing a happy comfortable and enriching home for the remainder of the animal‘s life. We also participated in preparing food and enrichment toys for some of the animals. Again, an opportunity to see how they manage care and ensure stimulation to the animals during their recovery. We learned so much from our guide Carlos and would highly recommend a visit to this facility.
Written April 18, 2023
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Hi Meg K! Thank you for your review. Unfortunately, all the animals you saw in the Sanctuary area won't be released. Those are the ones that are helping us with environmental education. If an animal needs medical care, we will never show it to people. That way, we avoid stress on the animal. We are glad to know you learned many things from Carlos.
Written June 12, 2023
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lisa t
Washington DC, DC11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The Sanctuary tour with volunteer session was AMAZING!

Our guide, Carlos, was so knowledgeable, entertaining and friendly. It was great to hear how passionate he was about what he did. He explained how he’d research topics to get a better understanding and that was exciting to hear.

It was a huge educational experience for me, as alot of what I thought I knew, was not accurate.

I would highly recommend this program and encourage everyone to visit.
Written June 28, 2023
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