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North America offers comfortable wildlife watching, while Central America provides some more exotic Neotropical natural history experiences.

Wildlife Holidays in North & Central America

North America may lack the south’s faunal diversity, but it offers the comfort, security and sophistication that some travellers prefer, and some breathtaking scenery! From the prairies and the swamps of Florida to the frozen realm of the Polar Bear, Naturetrek’s North America holidays offer some impressive wildlife spectacles.

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Our America specialist recommends...

I’d recommend ‘Trinidad & Tobago’. This tour starts with eight nights at the Asa Wright Centre where you can watch hummingbirds while sitting on the verandah, or visit the nearby Oilbird cave. This is followed by four nights on Tobago relaxing on idyllic beaches or (in April) watching Leatherback Turtles lay their eggs! - Paul Stanbury 


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What can I see in North America? 

North America is rich in natural beauty and wildlife. From Canada’s snow-clad mountains, vast forests and mosaic of deep fjords to the legendary whale watching venues of the USA’s eastern seaboard, here are a few highlights of Naturetrek’s tours to the continent:

  • Canada’s Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon in autumn & colours of the ‘fall’
  • Pods of Orca off Vancouver Island
  • Autumn migration of millions of warblers & waterbirds in the eastern United States
  • Whale watching off Cape Cod
  • Marine mammals & bird life in California’s Monterey Bay

Why choose North America?

As well as being home to some superb wildlife, North America offers grand-scale scenery, comfortable accommodation, and you won’t go hungry!

Naturetrek tours to Central America & the Caribbean

Our tours to Central America & the Caribbean:

  • The world’s most spectacular butterfly migration – Monarchs
  • Birdwatching in Costa Rica 
  • Neotropical birds, Mayan ruins & coral reefs in Belize & Tikal

A word about Baja …

If you’re interested in whales, go to Baja! Grey Whales, Blue Whales, Sperm Whales … it really is the ultimate destination for the keen cetacean watcher. But book early – our ‘Baja California & Sea of Cortez’ cruises fill up fast!

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Panama - Canopy Tower

Both leaders were excellent, but I would like to particularly mention Danilo, our local guide for the El Valle extension... He knows the birds back to front (as well as their English names) and was a very pleasant individual to spend time with. His ability to locate and pin-point birds in the dense forest undergrowth was nothing short of astounding.


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Baja California & Sea of Cortez

Just a note to say how much we all enjoyed our recent Baja California holiday aboard the Spirit of Adventure. It really was a tremendous trip with each day bringing fresh delights, from the humbling experience of the personal contact with the grey whales in San Ignacio to the sheer exhilaration of swimming with the sea lions at Los Islotes. We are left with so many wonderful memories (as well as innumerable photos and videos …) it would be almost impossible to pick one thing as the highlight of the trip. We can’t commend enough Tim and Scott. Apart from their excellent company, their contribution to the trip through their sheer enthusiasm for what they were doing and fantastic knowledge was invaluable. When you add in the crew of the good ship Spirit of Adventure, whose attentiveness and unfailing good humour really were the icing on the cake, it all added up to a tremendous holiday which we would have had no hesitation in recommending to others. Only one word of complaint, diet sheets should be issued at the end of the trip to help get rid of the excess pounds we put on due to Dan and Dean’s great cooking! Our thanks to everyone involved in making this trip possible.

Tyne and Wear
Panama - Canopy Tower

Our guide, Alexis Sanchez was friendly and helpful and worked hard all tour to help us see the birds. The Canopy Tower is a very special place and I am very happy I visited it.