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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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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!


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.

Bolivia - Highlands

Nick was the best leader Ive ever experienced and Ive been on many birding trips...his birding knowledge and skills are without parallel. His leadership skills particularly were second to none.
The itinerary delivered everything and more! We were even rounded up from our rooms, when a Jaguar was spotted on the the river at SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. We couldn't have asked for a better ending, to what had already been an amazing adventure.