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Wildlife holidays in Peru with Naturetrek
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Wildlife holidays in 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, including harsh deserts, vast rainforests, high snow-covered peaks, Amazonian ox-bow lakes, offshore islands, temperate cloudforests, glaciers, volcanoes, grasslands and cactus-studded canyons.

Transitions from one environment to another are extremely rapid and our tours visit all the major habitats found in Peru, from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes and the lowlands of Amazonia, passing through some of the finest scenery in the world.

Our Peru specialist recommends..

"I recommend our Macaws & Machu Picchu tour where we explore the country’s most important maritime reserve, visit the ancient city of Cusco and 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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Featured Tours


Blue-and-Yellow Macaws (Roger Wasley)Cock-of-the-Rock (Mike and Karen Galtry)Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (Chris Hutchinson)Sword-billed Hummingbird (Daniel Uribe)Black Spider Monkey (Kiera Griffin)Squirrel Monkey (Kiera Griffin)Giant River OtterBrown Capuchin Monkey (Peter Price)Paracas coastal scenery (Steve Wakeham)Dancer in Paracas (Peter Price)Inca Tern (Peter Price)Peruvian Boobies (Ian Williamson)Many-coloured-rush-tyrantInca TernGuanay CormorantGreater YellowlegsSpectacled Bear, Chaparri Lodge (David Allison)Spectacled Bear, Chaparri Lodge (David Allison)
What’s special about the wildlife?

Peru has an exceptional natural history, including a rich marine life and mammalian fauna. For bird watchers, Peru is particularly special. Its magnificent bird 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 claylicks at dawn
  • Over 1,800 bird species with more endemics than any other country!

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


To see a wild Spectacled Bear had long been a dream of mine. To see a female with two tiny cubs was quite literally beyond my wildest dreams! We had prolonged views on four consecutive days - totally amazing. The 'interactive' sea-lions on the last day were just incredible, an almost surreal experience. Great to see Humboldt Penguins too on this superb boat trip.
Jose Antonio was an excellent leader. His range of knowledge, his helpfulness, his professionalism and organisational skills married with obvious enthusiasm and friendliness really made this a wonderful overall experience. He was ably assisted by other local guides who were also excellent. Some fantastic birding, a fascinating country and all topped off with the Inca Trail on a trip that felt like three separate fantastic holidays (coast, Amazon basin and Inca Trail).
The main holiday was wonderful and we were among the lucky few in place when the bear appeared. The extension worked like clockwork and everything was perfect. The Inca Tours guides were really helpful and the MP guide also knew the bird species! The Inkaterra hotel was also excellent. We particularly like the mix of wildlife and cultural attractions. Thank you for all your help in organising this. Andy Smith was a very knowledgeable and helpful leader.