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Wildlife holidays in South America with Naturetrek
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South America

For the natural history enthusiast, a trip to see South America’s extraordinary diversity of wildlife is a must!

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’."

 

Andy Tucker
Naturetrek Tour Manager

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Mountain snow (John Caddick)Band-tailed Sierra-finch (John Caddick)Moutain valley (John Caddick)Snow-capped Andean peaks (John Caddick)Jaguar (Stephen Woodham)Giant River Otter (Stephen Woodham)Giant River Otter (Stephen Woodham)Giant River Otters (Stephen Woodham)Andean Cock-of-the Rock (Byron Palacios)Antisana Volcano (Ann Chase)Cordillera de los Guacamayos (Byron Palacios)Yellow Grosbeak (Byron Palacios)Harpy Eagle (Wendy Hoosen)Capped Heron (Wendy Hoosen)Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (Wendy Hoosen)Yellow-crowned Amazon (Wendy Hoosen)Track to Refugio Los Volcanes (Mike & Maryilyn BurgeCloud forest, Cochabamba (Mike & Maryilyn Burge)

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

Willy Perez was an excellent leader: very sharp in the field but balanced with a good sense of humour and a love for his country. A great ambassador for Ecuador.
Willy Perez is an excellent choice as trip leader – he has a great love of his country and its welfare and his knowledge of its birds, their calls and behaviour is second to none.
Alyson Melo was excellent on all scores: Knowledgeable on the wildlife (not just able to name what we saw) and on Brazil in general. Utterly professional, conscientious and worked his socks off for us all. Also a very pleasant person, with whom it was delightful to chat. Could not have been better. The whole trip gave excellent opportunities to see a range of wildlife including but also additional to the 'target species'. For us it was the certainty of seeing far more than the 'target species' which made this trip attractive. In fact, we saw all 'target species' except Giant Anteater which was purely bad luck as other groups saw Giant Anteaters on the same days and in the same areas where we looked.