La Fortuna/Arenal is a fantastic destinations for all types of travelers. The entire area affords fantastic views of the imposing Arenal Volcano but it also offers hot springs, rafting, rappelling, hiking, ziplining and more. But a day in Costa Rica would not be complete without seeking out great wildlife encounters and for a one-of-a-kind animal adventure head out to the Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center.
Human development, deforestation and illegal hunting has put many of Costa Rica’s native creatures in danger. Proyecto Asis aims to help and heal injured wild animals, educate the public about their struggle and release them back into the wild when possible. The Wildlife Rescue Center is home to a large variety of creatures including toucans, sloths, monkeys, peccaries, parrots and kinkajous. Many of these animals have been rescued from private homes where they were being illegally kept as pets, often times in unhealthy or unsanitary conditions.
The tour guides at Proyecto Asis are enthusiastic, passionate, very clear with excellent English. Everyone at the center is genuine and highly committed to their cause. If you decide to visit I highly recommend you sign up for the volunteer tour you will be able to touch the monkeys and Perla the Peccary as well as many of the small birds – a moving and unforgettable experience! You also help prepare meals for the animals (fruit and “tortillas”). This is a great way to spend time up close and personal with some of the animals which make Costa Rica such a spectacular place to visit.
Recommended for children and adults. Tour options include: half-day tour (90 minutes, $29/adult) , half day tour with volunteering (3.5 hours, $51/adult) and a full day option with local homestay ($127/adult). The center also offers spanish immersion courses and long stay volunteer and cultural immersion programs for individuals, students, families, seniors or other groups.
Tip: It is HOT at Proyecto Asis with very little shade, so bring sunscreen and protective clothing.
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