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Reviewed February 19, 2017

We were very excited about visiting Sende Verde, although unfortunately we were quite let down.
We arrived at the time we said we would, but were left waiting outside for half an hour. This would have been fine, but when Eric came to answer the gate he was not apologetic and appeared quite rude and disinterested. He asked us if we wanted dinner, we said we did. My boyfriend said he was not a vegetarian but I was. At this point he walked off.
Not having been told a time for dinner, we assumed it was open like a normal restaurant (until 9, as another member of staff had stated). At 7.45pm we got a knock on our door, Eric, asking us where we were for dinner. I explained we thought it was open until 9 and no one had told us dinner was at a specific time. He abruptly told us 'everyone was asleep in the jungle after 8', and walked off. This was when I reminded him that we were customers - at this point he got apologetic.
We both had a veggie omelette (50 BOB) for dinner, despite my boyfriend saying he was a meat eater. It was quite awkward.
What this review should be about is the animals. They do look happy, but I have seen much bigger areas for rescued animals around Latin America. Ecspecially the macaws, I find it sad to see so many, in what would be a massive aviary. Although the monkeys are in good health, it seems like a petting zoo for young volunteers. Lots of selfies and stroking going on, which surely humanises the monkeys - something they claim not to encourage.
Upon leaving it was unfortunate that our bill at the end was 100BOB more than it should have been. Luckily we had already worked it out and after triple checking our figures the guy at reception accepted we were right. It could have been a mistake, but after our stay we had our suspicions.
Perhaps Sende Verde should consider getting separate staff for the hotel and animal aspects of this place.
All this aside, the Eco cabaña was clean and the water was warm. The volunteers that showed us around, Sarah (from England) and - we feel bad for not remembering his name (French with Spanish/German parents) were really professional and friendly. This was a breath of fresh air in what had been a disappointing stay.

Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank luciecat
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Reviewed February 11, 2017

After a long and bumpy journey from Peru, we arrived at La Senda Verde. We were extremely tired but received a warm welcome from everyone there. The staff and volunteers are very accommodating and are always ready to help with your requests. The accommodation is clean and comfortable. Although the food is a little expensive, it's for a good cause. This place is doing great work to help the plight of Bolivian wildlife and I highly recommend you visit if you can. It's very easy and cheap to get there from La Paz - just follow the instructions on La Senda Verde's website.

Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Roe77
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Reviewed February 10, 2017

Unparalleled experience living (volunteering is an option for anyone) or visiting with amongst rescued wild animals that the two owners work(and wider family/local volunteers) tirelessly to maintain. Removed from any moral element it's just a fantastic trip for anyone visiting Bolivia. You're able to get up close and personal with these animals (Jungle birds, Howler Monkeys, giant tortoise, specatcled bears, capuchins, etc etc!) whilst they're relaxed and at home which to be honest I'm not sure you can do anywhere. The facilities are well maintained but understandably basic, the animals are the real attraction here and getting out of the traveller conveyer belt that some parts of Bolivia can feel like.

A must!

Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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1  Thank ChrisB3577
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Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

We went here at the end of our Gravity Death Road tour. We were very disappointed given that we had high expectations after hearing about how great this place was. Once you get to the refuge, there is only a 50 m (approx) strip where you can actually walk to see the animals (despite the refuge clearly being much bigger). This means that you can only see a few monkeys, a tapir, a capybara, a deer, tortoises and dozens of cats and dogs that seem to roam around the place. This was disappointing given that there were clearly far more animals in the refuge. We were also disappointed given that we were not given a tour and only discovered that was a possibility when one of the many young volunteers asked us what we thought of the tour. It was also very confusing to see volunteers and workers picking up the animals (which presumably should not be touched?!) The final disappointment was after buying several drinks and deserts from the kitchen in order to support the refuge (which we were encouraged to do) the owner/worker (a man with a South African accent) gave us a very dismissive and rude farewell - and acted as if our group hadn't spent enough to please him. Very poor experience given that we were looking forward to visiting!

Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank worldtraveller119933
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Reviewed September 18, 2016

This is the second time visiting Senda Verde as I am very much in awe of what all the volunteers and the owners are doing for the wildlife and its just a small way of showing appreciation.
Make sure you make time to visit after doing your ride or whatever down Death Rd. There is a small restaurant there so you can get some food (a bit average) and drinks and take a tour around the facilities and get close to the animals.
I really recommend you take a look and stay a couple of hours and if you can spare change then drop a few Bollies into the jar as its non-profit after all.
You can also stay the night(s) here in some rooms on the premises although I didn't so can't comment.

Take note: do not touch the wire when crossing the bridge or near the entry door. Yes they are signed as being electrified but its very easy to forget about it and touch them. I guarantee you will get a shock and its quite a jolt.

Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank friedlock
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