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Wildlife holidays in North & Central America with Naturetrek
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N & C America

North America offers comfortable wildlife watching, while Central America provides some more exotic Neotropical natural history experiences.

Wildlife Holidays in North & Central America

North America may lack the south’s faunal diversity, but it offers the comfort, security and sophistication that some travellers prefer, and some breathtaking scenery! From the prairies and the swamps of Florida to the frozen realm of the Polar Bear, Naturetrek’s North America holidays offer some impressive wildlife spectacles.

Our America specialist recommends...

I’d recommend ‘Trinidad & Tobago’. This tour starts with eight nights at the Asa Wright Centre where you can watch hummingbirds while sitting on the verandah, or visit the nearby Oilbird cave. This is followed by four nights on Tobago relaxing on idyllic beaches or (in April) watching Leatherback Turtles lay their eggs! - Paul Stanbury 


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Mount Arenal (Dave Riley)Magnificent Hummingbird (Chris Kehoe)Green Violet-ear (Roger Parker)Emerald Toucanet (Jo Bentley)Canadian Wilderness (Tim Melling)Tofino (Paul Marshall)Great Bear Lodge (Paul Marshall)Clients of sea safari (Peter Dunn)Humpback Whale breaching (Paul Marshall)Blue Whale fluke (Paul Marshall)Smooth-tailed Mobula (Paul Marshall)Common Dolphins (Paul Marshall)Harpy Eagle (David Tipling)Greater Ani (David Tipling)Great Tinamou (David Tipling)Cinnamon Woodpecker (David Tipling)PitonsSoufriere

What can I see in North America? 

North America is rich in natural beauty and wildlife. From Canada’s snow-clad mountains, vast forests and mosaic of deep fjords to the legendary whale watching venues of the USA’s eastern seaboard, here are a few highlights of Naturetrek’s tours to the continent:

  • Canada’s Grizzly Bears fishing for salmon in autumn & colours of the ‘fall’
  • Pods of Orca off Vancouver Island
  • Autumn migration of millions of warblers & waterbirds in the eastern United States
  • Whale watching off Cape Cod
  • Marine mammals & bird life in California’s Monterey Bay

Why choose North America?

As well as being home to some superb wildlife, North America offers grand-scale scenery, comfortable accommodation, and you won’t go hungry!

Naturetrek tours to Central America & the Caribbean

Our tours to Central America & the Caribbean:

  • The world’s most spectacular butterfly migration – Monarchs
  • Birdwatching in Costa Rica 
  • Neotropical birds, Mayan ruins & coral reefs in Belize & Tikal

A word about Baja …

If you’re interested in whales, go to Baja! Grey Whales, Blue Whales, Sperm Whales … it really is the ultimate destination for the keen cetacean watcher. But book early – our ‘Baja California & Sea of Cortez’ cruises fill up fast!


A really lovely place - comfortable, cosy, a great natural history library and the food was really delicious. I hated leaving. I was delighted with the number of mammals that we saw really well. It is an amazing place. The staff in the Canopy Tower were helpful and friendly, and everything was spotless. It was great not having to travel too far every day to see terrific new birds. The sites were close but with diverse birds and other wildlife. The bird guide was terrific - very knowledgeable about all aspects of natural history, good with people and a wonderful mimic of local bird calls. He made sure that we all saw the bird if at all possible. He was calm and relaxed, not rushing us, yet he was so enthusiastic and excited when we got a new bird or mammal. I really enjoyed this holiday. Thanks.
Boat - immaculately clean and kept that way throughout... friendly and helpful crew who went out of their way to make the holiday memorable... food beyond all expectations. How Dan produced such food in such quantities from such a small galley, borders on the miraculous... The lengths Mike and the crew went to find whales and the skill Mike used to get us close to them when found deserves the highest praise and thanks. Itinerary - brilliant. Whales - beyond our expectations. A privilege to be able to touch Grey Whales and swim with Sea Lions, to name but two of the highlights. Scott - excellent, extremely friendly and knowledgeable.

Mr & Mrs J
St. Lucia

Some people travel far a field searching for 'Bird of Paradise'. In our case it felt as though we were seeking birds in paradise! Anse Chastanet was a wonderful venue for our trip with Naturetrek and exceeded our expectations. A stunning location, beautiful rooms, great hospitality and superb cuisine (as well as the great environment and the birds!). Even below the waves a great time was to be had - snorkelling over the reef was a little like exploring a colourful aquarium and the inquisitive turtle who 'checked me out' on Wednesday afternoon was much appreciated as well! As were the Tropical Spotted Dolphins which put on a display for us on our cetacean watching trip. The Sunset Jazz cruise was a fitting climax to a wonderful week (and provided some more birding opportunities!).