Since it opened its doors in 2003, La Senda Verde has offered refuge to over 350 animals rescued from illegal trafficking or abusive owners and today a varied population of monkeys, bears, ocelot, tortoises and birds roam the 12-hectare nature reserve, cared for by a team of dedicated volunteers. Located in the Amazon basin on the banks of the Yolosa River, La Senda Verde is perfectly located for discovering Bolivia’s rainforest and the wildlife reserve offers both day tours and overnight stays in their forest eco lodges, as well as opportunities for short and long term volunteering.
The monkeys are undeniably the star of the show at La Senda Verde and there are around 70 free-roaming primates, including spider, capuchin, howler, squirrel, owl and tamarin monkeys, but equally varied is the birdlife, with species including macaws, parrots, parakeets and toucans.
The La Senda Verde Ecotourism Resort is located about four miles from Coroico and is reachable by bus from La Paz (about 2.5 hours). The wildlife refuge is open daily (except Christmas and New Year’s Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but overnight stays at the eco-lodge and volunteer placements are also possible. Tours of the wildlife refuge start at B$69, but children under 10 are not admitted. Due to the free-roaming monkeys, a strict dress code applies (covered shoes, long sleeves and pants, and no jewelry).