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
I believe Naturetrek offer the very best wildlife experiences possible. On this particular trip we were privileged to see Maned Wolf in daylight in the wild which was truly amazing. We also had excellent sightings of a pair of mating Tapir, Ocelot, Giant Anteater and Jaguar chasing a Capybara. This was apart from all the wonderful birds, reptiles and other mammals.
Fiorella Caleni was excellent, one of the best tour leaders I have ever travelled with, a star. I think of this trip as almost three trips rolled into one and it worked superbly, the three centres were used to see the different animals of course, but it almost for me anyway meant that you started a new trip each time you moved location. Fiorella worked so hard to ensure that all of the group got the most out of the trip, I know I certainly did. I enjoyed all the accommodation - a variety of styles worked for me. I would rate this trip very highly, I loved Brazil and would certainly consider returning at some time in the future.
Overall, an excellent trip. Buenos Aires accommodation certainly above expectations and Diegos welcome and hospitality was top notch. A superb picnic lunch on the first day and great birding on Costanera del Sur. Value for money was unquestionable - I would not hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone interested - not only in birds, but also in outstanding mountain scenery.