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
Our guide Sandra was extremely knowledgeable about the birds and their calls, which is amazing as there are so many different kinds. She is also very personable and had a good sense of humour and looked after us very well. If I ever go to Ecuador again I would certainly want her as my guide. Her English is excellent. Our driver Edwin was also excellent. He knew the areas we visited very well which was helpful. He likes to drive but also has an interest in the birds which was good. They both helped us with our luggage and did what they could for us to make our holiday so successful.
Overall this trip easily exceeded our expectations, the fellow tour members were good company, and our driver and tour guide were both first class. We would seriously consider another visit to Argentina...especially if Maria was appointed as leader.
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.