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Wildlife holidays in Peru with Naturetrek
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Wildlife holidays in Peru

Tell me about Peru …

Peru epitomises South America for many of us and offers bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts the travel experience of a lifetime.

Almost everybody harbours longings to see the magnificent scenery of the high Andes, the evocative ruined cities of the Incas and the great rainforests of the Amazon basin.

Peru possesses an unrivalled range of environments inside one country, ranging from harsh deserts to vast rainforests, high snow-covered peaks to ox-bow lakes deep in the jungle, offshore islands to temperate cloudforest, glaciers to volcanoes and from grasslands to cactus-studded canyons.

Transitions from one environment to another are extremely rapid and during our travels we shall visit all the major habitats found in southern Peru from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes and the lowlands of Amazonia, marvelling at some of the finest scenery in the world.

Our Peru specialist recommends..

"I recommend our ‘ Peru – Macaws & Machu Picchu’ tour where we explore the country’s most important maritime reserve, a visit to the ancient city of Cusco and a trek to Machu Picchu. The wildlife highlight is a visit to an isolated macaw clay-lick on the upper Tambopata River."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager


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What’s special about the wildlife?

Peru has an exceptional natural history, including a rich marine life and mammalian fauna. But for bird watchers, Peru is particularly special. Its magnificent bid life includes:

  • Huge condors sailing past icy peaks
  • Packed masses of seabirds on the guano islands
  • Pink flamingoes dotting the waters of high-altitude soda lakes
  • Toucans eating ripe fruit in the rainforest canopy
  • Hundreds of macaws, parrots & parakeets gathering at a claylick at dawn

Naturetrek tours to Peru

Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours in Peru which offer bird watching, mammal watching and culture.

Highlights from our Peru wildlife holidays include:

  • Trekking to Machu Picchu (we are the only specialist wildlife tour company to offer the Inca Trail)
  • Macaw claylicks on the Tambopata River
  • Seabirds of the Humboldt Current & Ballestas Islands
  • Cock-of-the-rock, tanagers & quetzals in the cloudforests of Manu
  • Optional flight over the Nasca lines


The Reserves for the Long Whiskered Owlet and the Marvellous Spatuletail are doing a great job and provided great views of these special rare birds. It was good to see the native people working to save their own flora and fauna and they were pleased to have foreign visitors to see their work.
Having been on your Macaws and Machu Picchu trip I was particularly keen to see more of Peru and this visit to Northern Peru was exactly what I had hoped for. It covered a wide range of habitats, which gave rise to a stunning variety of birds, animals, insects, plants and fungi. Northern Peru deserves to be far better known and appreciated. The scenery is magnificent, its archaeological remains easily comparable to those found further south, the people are delightful and friendly, and the hotels, I think without exception, were comfortable and welcoming. True there was a lot of travelling but what better way to see the country and appreciate its strengths and problems. The travelling was no more than on the Macaws and Machu Picchu trip and if the pre-trip information uses the word pioneering you know more or less what to expect and its not Hilton hotel-style luxury or lazy days spent by a swimming pool (thankfully). Of course a trip like this is busy at times but the rewards are enormous and well worth the effort. Rob was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader, the local guides were generous in sharing their considerable expertise and very proud of what their country had to offer. Ive been lucky enough to have two Naturetrek holidays this year and both have been excellent. I like the way you arrange the trips and your organisation is first-class. I also like the fact that you dont ignore local culture and history; the tours are well rounded and diverse. Of course there will be hitches but when they occur they are dealt with efficiently, quietly and quickly. It is also very encouraging that you listen to your customers and take note of what they say. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this Northern Peru trip and Naturetrek to anyone and I look forward to travelling with you again in the near future.
Overall an excellent trip with a superbly knowledgeable and able leader in Pepe. He certainly knows his bird calls. Overall tally for me/us was 357 species – excellent. Accommodation everywhere was excellent…overall a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding adventure.