Wildlife holidays in South America
South America is a beguiling place. With climatic, altitudinal and geographical extremes as wide as any and more bird species than any other continent, names such as ‘Amazon’ and ‘Galapagos’ have an endless fascination. To witness the staggering variety of life there is a goal that must be satisfied for anyone interested in natural history.
Our South America specialist recommends...
"Our outstanding 2-week cruise of the Galapagos aboard a splendid schooner is, in my opinion, second to none! In Peru I’d recommend ‘Macaws & Machu Picchu’ visiting the world’s largest clay lick with an optional trek to Machu Picchu. If you’re on a budget try our ‘Ecuador – Cock-of-the-rock’ tour or ‘Venezuela – Llanos’."
Naturetrek Tour Manager
Naturetrek tours to South America
What can I see?
From the great tropical rainforests of the north to the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, Naturetrek’s South America holidays go in search of the continent’s dazzling array of birds, mammals and other wildlife. Here are just a few highlights:
- Amazon rainforests of Ecuador & Peru
- 2-week cruise of the Galapagos
- The Andes - the longest mountain chain on Earth
- Patagonian coastlines of Chile & Argentina
- Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru
- Brazilian Pantanal – a swamp the size of England
- Searching for the elusive Jaguar in Brazil
- Guyana – an unspoiled wildlife ‘paradise’
I want to see birds …
Then you can’t beat South America! Among the bird watching highlights are:
- Andean Cock-of-the-rock
- Andean Condor
- Fantastic variety of hummingbirds & tanagers
I want to see flowers …
You won’t fail to see plenty of spectacular plant life in South America. Ecuador has the highest number of orchids of any country, with over 3,700 species and our ‘Andean Flora’ tour explores Ecuador’s plant life from temperate and montane to rainforest and cloudforest habitats.
Anything on a budget?
Yes, plenty – we’ve a wide choice of budget tours including a choice of seven bargain bird tours to Ecuador alone!
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR South America HOLIDAYS
Firstly, I want to say how brilliant Rafael is. His knowledge of mammals, birds, reptiles and plants is excellent, as is his knowledge of the areas we went to. He seems to have great relationships with the owners, managers and staff at the various places, too, which I'm sure gives his guests an advantage. He was also very diplomatic with the group, and I noticed how he made sure he spent time chatting with everyone. Lourival and his family were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. The food (especially the puddings!) and accommodation were good, but seeing the wolves, macaws, marmosets and so many birds was fantastic. The two camps were lovely to stay in, and the scenery at the 'Cliff' camp was stunning. I loved it there. I'm so glad I upgraded to a suite - it was HUGE and very comfortable. We saw Jaguars! We saw them lurking in the undergrowth, and we saw them strolling along the river bank, seemingly oblivious to the boats following them, and to the onlooking photographers. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. And the Giant Otters, playing and fishing, were fascinating. And the hundreds of capybara - the babies are so cute! And all the birds. Our boat-driver, Alan, was superb. Very good at manoeuvring to give us all the best views, and an excellent Jaguar-spotter.
We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and found Mario and Diego excellent leaders. As well as seeing many of the expected birds, we also jammed in some quite unexpected ones. Many thanks for helping us put together such an enjoyable and productive trip.
An excellent guide who had a very extensive knowledge. He was kind and considerate when I suffered with altitude in a kind and professional way. I wish I could have combined it with the Chaco tour. Thank you once again for a most enjoyable trip both for the variety of birds seen and the general cultural aspect of the trip.