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La Senda Verde Wildlife Sanctuary & Eco Lodge
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

I had really great 2 weeks volunteering there.
it's one of the only places you could interact with so many wild animals so freely.
the people are really nice and welcoming.
and on top of all that there's a pool and a lake right next to the compound.
if you like animals and feel like having a unique experience, go there.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

I came across La Senda Verde whilst travelling South America. I had always wanted to do some volunteering with animals and LSV seemed like the perfect place to go, and I am so glad I did!
Mr friend and I cycled the death road with Gravity and ended up there, and stayed for 2 weeks as volunteers. I loved it so much that I came back 3 months later and stayed for 2 months to do the baby monkey project.
I really can't do justice to this place in words. The baby monkey project really was the best experience of my life, to be so close to the animals and to perform such a vital role in their lives, to sleep with them and feed them and comfort them, help them learn to play with other monkeys and to watch them grow, it is an unbelievable and incredibly rewarding experience.

In terms of a place to volunteer in general, the accommodation is comfortable, with hot showers and food cooked for you by the lovely Bolivian staff 3 times a day. If you are coming just as a visitor, it's possible to stay in the Tree House which is a beautiful building up in the trees surrounded by wildlife.
The atmosphere is intimate and small, ranging from as few as 4 to 25 volunteers at one time, so you really feel part of the family. Everyone socialises in the evenings, either watching tv/films together or just chatting and having a drink. You feel completely separate from the real world, which is really refreshing!
The experience is also very good value for money as all your meals and accommodation are included. If you're anything like me you'll leave wanting to pay far more, as all money goes towards the animals and is so desperately needed.

The work itself is very varied. You get the opportunity to work closely with monkeys, tortoises, bears, a whole variety of birds, domestic dogs and cats, wild cats, and many more. The longer you stay the more projects you can get involved in, and greater relationship you can build with the animals. but even after staying for a few days you'll most likely have your favourites :)

The most important aspect for me was the attitude of the owners to the animals. LSV is obviously not-for-profit and the welfare of the animals is of the utmost importance. This can be seen in every decision that is made, and it's so clear to see from the start the love the owners Vicky and Marcelo have for these animals, it really is one big family there.

As I said, words don't do justice to LSV, go and see for yourself and you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

I visited a few years ago (sorry for the delay, just finding the importance to write reviews on my travels), and it was incredible. The people, the animals, the locations, everything is great! I can't find one thing I didn't love about this place. If you have a chance, volunteer here! The experiences you will have with these animals will be unforgettable and well worth your time. I am still in contact with Vicki and Marcelo, who are the owners and some of the most genuine people I've ever met. Great time, you can't go wrong here!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

I heard about La Senda Verde through some friends we met travelling who had volunteered here. I was planning on doing the Gravity tour of Death Road and it ends up at La Senda which was perfect. Volunteering here was the best experience and one I will never forget. Everyone does so much to keep the place running and getting to work so closely with the animals was amazing! Highly recommend for anyone passing through Bolivia, or anyone interested in animals, make sure you head here! The volunteer accommodation is basic, but there are hot showers and beds and that’s pretty much all you need anyway!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Pleasant place with very relaxed atmosphere. Awesome buffet lunch with as much as you can eat. Rustic feel to the rooms. I had a peak into all of them. The tree house looked the best to me but it's very simple. Nice place to spend an afternoon but remember getting back to la Paz is far!

Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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