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 HOLIDAYS
Seeing 8 jaguars in ten sightings was exceptional. The ocelot sighting was also stellar.
It was wonderful to see so many iconic wild animals. During our visit to the flotel we saw five beautiful Jaguars whose names I remember, and two more on about twelve occasions. We watched them swimming, and (abortively) hunting Capybara. We saw a pair walking together and watched a Giant River Otter family interacting, fishing and calling, each day that we were staying at the flotel. For my husband, who is a keen birder, there were many beautiful birds. Our guide, Enrique Lucas, always endeavoured to ensure any needs we had were met. He was good at spotting wildlife both during the day and on night drives, and adjusted activities to suit the group and the heat. I would highly commend him for his consistent hard work and especially for his depth of knowledge.
I knew little about the Pantanal and had never heard of the Iguazu Falls so had no high expectations. As a result I was delighted to be able to see jaguar, ocelot, anteaters and loads of bird species thanks to Kike, our excellent guide. The majestic Falls just took my breath away, the power and noise of the water dominated all senses at once!
The hotels were of an excellent standard as was the food which was rather too plentiful for my waistline!