Proyecto Asis, La Fortuna de San Carlos

(4.7/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Tour or participate in the conservation efforts at Proyecto Asis, a wildlife shelter and education center. Daily visits provide insight into the work necessary to nurture wounded and abandoned animals before they are reintroduced into the wild. You can make a significant contribution if you volunteer, getting up close and personal with the animals as you help make toys for them, build new enclosures, and help prepare their food. Call or check the website in advance, as prior reservations are required before visiting. Put Proyecto Asis into our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • There are two tour times, at 0830 and 1300, per day. They fill up fast. If you're not in the tour, you are not getting in. 
  • This was a really interesting morning learning about the efforts at proyecto asis, we didn't do the volunteer part. Tip: book early, it gets full quickly and we only just managed to get a space. My on...  more »
  • My husband and I loved this small yet spirited sanctuary/rescue. They have animals who can no longer be released into the wild that they are lovingly caring for. There are also animals that can be rel...  more »
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  • Very informative tour with an opportunity to prepare and feed the animals. The tour guide was wnergectic and kbowledgable. A positive place for animal rehabilitation. The types of animals you will get to see is based on which animals have not been rehabilitated and sent into the wild or which animals have recently been rescued.
  • Very well organized tour around facilities with a very friendly guide. It was amazing seeing and interacting with all those animals. These kind of projects need our support.
  • This wildlife sanctuary is very professional and is doing things right! Wide variety of wildlife and excellent program.
  • TL;DR- Protecto Asis was without a doubt the best part of my trip to Costa Rica. The level of interaction with the animals, the incredible passion of the employees, and the beautiful shelter grounds made for an amazing time! This is my the first, and quite possibly, only online review I ever write. Full report: I visited Proyecto Asis on November 13th, 2015. I had originally planned to participate in the $29 USD 8:00 AM tour and emailed regarding availability ahead of time. I received a response confirming they would be holding an 8 AM tour and asked if I would like to make a reservation. I accidentally drove down a closed road for 1 hour and then got to a fallen down bridge and had to drive back an hour. I did not arrive at Protecto Asis until 10:30 AM on the 13th. Upon arrival an employee greeted me and said it was not a problem that I was there outside of the scheduled tour times. The employee was very accomodating. found a tour guide, Carlos, who proceeded to give me a tour of the wildlife shelter. Carlos absolutely killed it. His English was perfect, he was very informative, he was clearly passionate about the animals, and was very accommodating. The animals knew and respected Carlos. Carlos knew every animals life story, unique facts about the animals, and was very funny. Unlike many places I visited in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, Proyecto Asis was truly a wildlife shelter. They help rehabilitate injured animals and recieve many animals kept as pets illegally. They have proven success plans to help animals kept as pets reintegrate into the wild. The shelter is clean, well shaded, and has a nice river flowing near it. I spent 7 total hours driving from and back to San Jose to visit Proyeto Asis and would 100% do it over again. Do not miss an opportunity to visit a very special place in the world!
  • To describe the amazing time we had here would pale in comparison to the enjoyable experience that we had. Thanks to Carlos and all the others working here, we learned a lot about the different animals and I would pay twice the price that we paid, knowing that all the money goes to rescuing and rehabilitating more animals makes it that much better. An absolutely fantastic experience! I will recommend this tour to everyone!