Wildlife holidays in Peru
Tell me about Peru …
Peru epitomises South America for many of us and offers bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts the travel experience of a lifetime.
Almost everybody harbours longings to see the magnificent scenery of the high Andes, the evocative ruined cities of the Incas and the great rainforests of the Amazon basin.
Peru possesses an unrivalled range of environments inside one country, ranging from harsh deserts to vast rainforests, high snow-covered peaks to ox-bow lakes deep in the jungle, offshore islands to temperate cloudforest, glaciers to volcanoes and from grasslands to cactus-studded canyons.
Transitions from one environment to another are extremely rapid and during our travels we shall visit all the major habitats found in southern Peru from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes and the lowlands of Amazonia, marvelling at some of the finest scenery in the world.
Our Peru specialist recommends..
"I recommend our ‘ Peru – Macaws & Machu Picchu’ tour where we explore the country’s most important maritime reserve, a visit to the ancient city of Cusco and a trek to Machu Picchu. The wildlife highlight is a visit to an isolated macaw clay-lick on the upper Tambopata River."Andy Tucker
What’s special about the wildlife?
Peru has an exceptional natural history, including a rich marine life and mammalian fauna. But for bird watchers, Peru is particularly special. Its magnificent bid life includes:
- Huge condors sailing past icy peaks
- Packed masses of seabirds on the guano islands
- Pink flamingoes dotting the waters of high-altitude soda lakes
- Toucans eating ripe fruit in the rainforest canopy
- Hundreds of macaws, parrots & parakeets gathering at a claylick at dawn
Naturetrek tours to Peru
Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours in Peru which offer bird watching, mammal watching and culture.
Highlights from our Peru wildlife holidays include:
- Trekking to Machu Picchu (we are the only specialist wildlife tour company to offer the Inca Trail)
- Macaw claylicks on the Tambopata River
- Seabirds of the Humboldt Current & Ballestas Islands
- Cock-of-the-rock, tanagers & quetzals in the cloudforests of Manu
- Optional flight over the Nasca lines
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Peru HOLIDAYS
Jose Antonio’s enthusiasm, good humour and in-depth knowledge about the birds, the wildlife and his country as a whole contributed enormously to my enjoyment of the trip. The local guides were also outstanding. For example, one of our local guides on the Inca Trail was both an archaeologist and a first-class mountain guide. Who could ask for anything better? The great variety was the main benefit of the holiday for me. Although I enjoy the birds, my interests are much more general. That is why I chose this holiday and it did not disappoint. We saw a lot of beautiful birds, but I was also able to enjoy the country as a whole. This was largely due to Jose Antonio, who was happy to talk about his country as well as the wildlife. It was also because ALL the local guides spoke such excellent English and were so knowledgeable. We were able to get to know them as people and enjoy their company as well as benefit from their expertise. We were very well looked after at every stage, including the trek.
Alejandro was the best field guide I have ever travelled with.
The Lord of Saipan Museum was quite stunning which was an unexpected highlight. The trip to Kuelap was also a very memorable day: a very impressive ruin in a stunning setting.