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.
Jorges Luna was superb. His bird finding ability and knowledge could not have been bettered. Also had an excellent rapport with all the group and with Carlos, the driver too, which made it such an enjoyable trip.
Our guide Sandra was extremely knowledgeable about the birds and their calls, which is amazing as there are so many different kinds. She is also very personable and had a good sense of humour and looked after us very well. If I ever go to Ecuador again I would certainly want her as my guide. Her English is excellent. Our driver Edwin was also excellent. He knew the areas we visited very well which was helpful. He likes to drive but also has an interest in the birds which was good. They both helped us with our luggage and did what they could for us to make our holiday so successful.