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La Senda Verde Wildlife Sanctuary & Eco Lodge

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Senda Verde is a wildlife Sanctuary that shelters wild animals rescued from trafficking and habitat loss. To sustain the more than 690 animals of 54 species we offer tourism services including the Eco-Lodge. The Ecolodge is composed of 3 types of accommodation: 4 Eco-Huts with shared bathroom and capacity of up to 2 people, 4 Eco-Cabanas with private bathroom and capacity of up to 5 people, a Treehouse with shared bathroom and capacity of up to 4 people and a Mountain House with a capacity of up to 2 people. Reservations include a complete breakfast and tour of the sanctuary. We have restaurant service, an interpretation center and recreational room with pool table, board games, music and movie collection. For the day we offer different types of recreational activities, adventure sports and nature immersion opportunities.
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You heard me...the BEST! Why? Because every evening I would sit on my room porch and have a spider monkey come over to me and sit on my lap as I rubbed its belly and petted its little head. In fact, not one but TWO spider monkeys. They are incredible to Fantastic animals are everywhere and this place is doing inspirational work to help the critters of the rainforest. All the staff were lovely and the food was great. The owner also super accommodating and friendly. Our room was clean and in the middle of the animals. You get a tour of place for staying there and you'll see bears, jaguar, puma, howler monkeys, macaws and other weird looking critters I cant name or spell. My recommendation would be to stay the night here once you have done the Death Road. Much better than returning the same day for 3/4 hours in the dark to La Paz, in a tiny cramped bus exhausted and sore. You will not regret staying here, I guarantee.
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This i say far my favorite animal sanctuary. Ive volunteered at few but I am left with a love in my heart for Vicky and Marcello and the work they do. The animals are well looked after and provide unique experiences to interact and learn a lot about animals and the illegal trafficking issues. Highly recommend.
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We spent two weeks volunteering and thoroughly enjoyed working with the animals and the other staff/volunteers. The team at LSV do a great job in caring for the animals and educating people on the cruel realities of animal trafficking. As a volunteer we had the opportunity to work with most animals on a rotational basis. Some days can be very long (6am-7pm) but nonetheless satisfying. The food was plentiful and always fresh, the chefs did a great job in preparing different dishes everyday. As a couple we had our own room, very spacious. However we had no electricity as advertised and no hot water. They did provide a torch with portable lights which was handy however not that convenient. I also had one piece of clothing go missing whilst a school group were staying on the premises. I had asked the staff however they did not seem bothered to follow up. Overall, would definitely recommend volunteering, LSV and the staff are very passionate in animal conservation and creating futures for harmed animals. Specifically, Andy, Matt and Mau were great managers!
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We've just come back from 2N/3D at La Senda Verde and wanted to share our experience for anyone who is considering this as an option. We arrived in the afternoon about 5:30pm after doing Death Road with Barracuda. We had a super positive experience with them and they were very accommodating dropping us at La Senda Verde. We had good quality gear and didn't feel rushed. At La Senda Verde we hired the treehouse and were very please with our choice. It is peaceful, clean and you are literally surrounded by the animals. We had monkeys waiting on our verandah every morning to say hello (or Hola) and you can spend your day wandering and visiting your favourite animals. There are over 600 animals there so literally just wander and enjoy being back in nature and making friends with them. We we're blown away by the hospitality of the staff - Vicky who clearly runs a well oiled machine and went above and beyond to make sure we had a good experience, Edgard who had lots of great ideas for spending our time there and last but not least Paul he went above and beyond to check in on us and make sure we were ok and had enough to eat. We also spoke to several of the volunteers who seemed very happy and some of them had been there for many months/years so must be enjoying the experience. If you are going for 2N this is how we'd recommend you do it. 1. Arrive after doing Death Road, have a light dinner as you'll be full from your late lunch, order some wine/beer and pack cards to hang out in the common area chilling and watching the animals 2. Get up for breakfast at 8am, do the 10am tour, followed by the bear tour (or see if you can do the bear tour later in the day), go for a walk to the right as you leave La Senda Verde into town (15mins) and up the beach for a snack or up to the waterfall (map attached), have lunch at 1:30, chill/read and then have dinner and cards at 7:30pm 3. Last day grab brekky at 8am, go for a walk up to the left hand side road down the river, come back and chill and grab a taxi to Corito to get a collective (20b) back to La Paz. Tips: - towels are provided you don't need one - wear long sleeves and long pants, bring bug spray - bring thongs/flip flops - you can buy snacks in the small town near by. They seemed to be ok with us have museli bars etc in the treehouse but no alcohol/proper food - there's no toilet in the treehouse so bring a head torch to get down there - I'm ceoliac/ gluten free and they accommodated for me. The food is simple but healthy and fine - bring cards and a book
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While the owners really cared about the animals, they treated the volunteers very poorly. We ate off very dirty tables, slept in rooms with no windows or curtains, had no access to a working toilet or sink...etc etc. While I understood that it's rough in the jungle, the paid staff and guests were treated much better. Every single volunteer that was in my cohort wanted to leave within days of getting there. Worst yet, when I told the owner of my concerns with the poor sanitary conditions of the volunteer's dining tables, I was told that the volunteers were getting sick because we were not 'spiritually enlightened' enough. There were many other things that were unethical with the way volunteers were treated and I think it all stemmed from the fact that the owners had this philosophy that humanity is cancerous, given the nature of animal rescue. While I agree humans are not the best for the planet, those who pay a lot of money and to volunteer are likely 'nicer' people so please stop punishing them for "humanity's" actions. When me and four other ex-volunteers messaged the owner with all our concerns, I was told that they were going to punish me by telling all other animal sanctuaries to not take me. Horrible horrible management.
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Response from vickyossio, Manager at La Senda Verde Wildlife Sanctuary & Eco Lodge
Responded Feb 14, 2019
Amy, You came last year, already posted lies and horrible things about us before. I do not understand your desire to harm others. You lied since day one, offered to come and make videos for us, arrived late, did not follow the rules, openwd cages putting other people under risk, left without paying for your extras and not paying for your transfer out. Please go on with your life. We wish you the best and truly trust you will be a better person one day. Vicky
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Senda Verde, Animal Refuge & Eco Lodge
LOCATION
BoliviaLa Paz DepartmentYolosa
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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