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
The trip was great, not just the Pantanal and all the wonderful sightings of Jaguar, Anteater, Hyacinth Macaws etc but also the extension you arranged to Iguazu. Everything went smoothly; the lodge and guide were excellent - the Falls, breathtaking. I'm still going through the 2500+ pictures taken and reliving the experiences.
I enjoyed the enormous number of animals and birds. Our leader Paulo was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We were lucky to see jaguars on all four days of our stay at the Flotel. I enjoyed rooting for the capybara as they escaped yet again the clutches of a jaguar. I liked the small lodges, and our bedroom in the Flotel was wonderful. A wonderful ten days packed with different birds and animals.
The guide was excellent, very friendly and sociable with a very good all round knowledge of the local fauna. The wildlife experience was also excellent with a total of 8 different Jaguars sighted at close quarters along with Giant River Otters and an Ocelot at the SouthWild Lodge on the way home.