It takes some time to get to, but this sanctuary is completely worth visiting. The variety of monkeys and birds they have is large, and there are even some Andean bears! However lovely it is to see these animals, the trip is bitter sweet and talking to the volunteers you learn the sad stories behind how these animals got to be in the sanctuary. It is great to see the volunteers doing such wonderful work though. Entrance was 120 BOB.
One of the most beautiful and serene places I’ve had the pleasure to visit. Wildlife was awesome, the accommodations are first-rate, and the staff and service is exceptional. Bolivia is a beautiful country and La Senda Verde is Eden.
We worked as volunteers in Senda Verde for a month and we really loved the work. The owners and all the other people who work there, take care of the animals and are working really hard for them. Many animals came here with sad stories and they are given a second chance here. We will remember this place, the people and the work for a long time!!! And you have the chance to work with different kind of animals, what is really nice. A really special place!! Stefanie and Elias
In our travels throughout South America we decided to visit La Senda Verde. The refuge has beautiful animals in a beautiful location, which is why I recommend it, just some of their people aren’t as great unfortunately, if LSV made some changes in their staff members, then it would be a truly wonderful place, but it needs some changes in their staff members, as of right now some are nice, but some aren’t so professional towards people, and towards the animals. For example some (not all) staff members can make volunteers feel like they are stupid, some are a bit rude. The coordinator, Andy, who is the bear and cat guy as well, is absolutely disgusting, always stinks heavily of sweat, even likes to put his armpit sweat on cats things because he “thinks they will like it” 🤮, shoots boogies out of his nose as he’s walking with you, wears pants with a hole in his private parts, and always forgets everything and wastes time going back to get it, talks to you for hours about unimportant things, wasting time that could be for animals, takes no time to observe the animals, instead he tells you about his issues, tries to go 1000kilometer per hour to then stop and waste time, makes volunteers meet him at 5:30am for coffee with him, and “to get work done early” but then he tells you “not to worry if things aren’t perfectly clean in the morning”, but the morning is the only time he cleans! So then it’s never really clean. He never washes any surface or containers with any soap or disinfectant, only water, additionally uses the same brush for everything, he touches the door handles with bloody raw meat hands, then the brooms, the buckets, EVERYTHING is full of raw meat rests and blood, not using any safety gloves or hygienic measures, doesn’t wash the bears containers with soap, just water in the river. Very dirty! For the bears is not so bad as they only eat fruit, and as a coordinator he’s not bad, but this guy should definitely not be doing the raw meat, feeding and/or cleaning of raw meat. Unsafe for animals and people. Just as I don’t care about his life and I don’t want to talk about mine for hours like torture, I was there for the animals. And please use deodorant for God sake! Didn’t have a problem with anyone else. Just another boy volunteer who seemed a bit unstable in the head and was talking bad about everyone, including about Vicky, the founder, but he wasn’t part of the staff. So beautiful place to visit, just needs to filter more about staff measures and staff member roles and what animals they are good for and what others aren’t not for, not everyone is good for every type of animal and diet/cleaning needs. Also needs filtering on some of their volunteers. Disturbed, negative people doesn’t make a refuge animal work well.…
Visited after the death road. Its amazing to see how much care and compassion the owners and staff have towards wildlife. I paid extra to see the Spectacled Bear and what an amazing animal. With massive land reforms in Bolivia and less forests for wildlife these Reserves are a breath of fresh air.