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
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
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Peru HOLIDAYS
The trip up the river was the most interesting part of the trip. The monkeys were fabulous...The camp is wonderfully designed and the day-to-day running of it is very good...Hot water was an unexpected bonus and much appreciated! The agents were excellent...The staff at the Sheraton Hotel were wonderful to me...The two birding trips run by your local experts in Cusco & Lima were fabulous. I am now investigating joining a bird-watching group.
The trip was fantastic. We saw everything we wanted to, although the bear sighting was fairly brief. Andy Smith was an excellent tour leader (as well you know) and all the accommodation was also excellent. As you predicted we loved Chaparri most of all, although Chivay and Arequipa were both great places, and the food at all of these was also very good. The local guides were also first rate. So, all in all, another great trip with so many highlights, including: Torrent Ducks at the hotel at Chivay; condors almost taking our heads off as they flew literally no more than three or four feet above us; Vizcacha in the snow as we drove back to Arequipa; arriving at Chaparri at night and crossing the wobbly bridge; the hummingbirds at Chaparri first thing in the morning; standing at the top of the hill, scanning the horizon for bears and spotting one; Bosque del Pomac - what a great wood - and Inca Terns and sea lions.
Having an overall interest in both the wildlife and culture of Peru, we especially enjoyed the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Nick and Juan ensured we had a fabulous and unforgettable experience. Please pass on our genuine thanks and best wishes.