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Wildlife holidays in South America with Naturetrek
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South America

For the natural history enthusiast, a trip to see South America’s extraordinary diversity of wildlife is a must!

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’."


Andy Tucker
Naturetrek Tour Manager

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Featured Tours


Jabiru (Gerald Broddelez)Vulture on dead Caiman (Gerald Broddelez)Vermillion Flycatcher (Steve Wray)Hyacinth Macaw (Steve Wray)Jaguar (Stephen Woodham)Giant River Otter (Stephen Woodham)Giant River Otter (Stephen Woodham)Giant River Otters (Stephen Woodham)Andean Cock-of-the Rock (Byron Palacios)Antisana Volcano (Ann Chase)Cordillera de los Guacamayos (Byron Palacios)Yellow Grosbeak (Byron Palacios)Chestnut-eared Aracari (Mike Galtry)Back Howler Monkey (Mike Galtry)Nacunda NighthawkGreater Rhea (Mike Galtry)Track to Refugio Los Volcanes (Mike & Maryilyn BurgeCloud forest, Cochabamba (Mike & Maryilyn Burge)

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!


It was very well scheduled with no wasted time staying in places you didn't want to be. The tour leader was especially excellent and sharing the experience with like-minded people in the group added to the enjoyment. The trip had a sense of adventure and discovery. Seeing the jaguars and River Otters was amazing.

Mr & Mrs S.
Brazil - Just Jaguars!

Good mix of group, excellent leader who really knew his job. Bird spotting was really good and we were lucky enough to see Brazilian Porcupine, Tapir & Coati. We saw Giant River Otters almost everyday and Jaguar everyday while staying at the Flotel.
The guide was excellent, very friendly and sociable with a very good all round knowledge of the local fauna. The wildlife experience was also excellent with a total of 8 different Jaguars sighted at close quarters along with Giant River Otters and an Ocelot at the SouthWild Lodge on the way home.