Wildlife holidays in 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, including harsh deserts, vast rainforests, high snow-covered peaks, Amazonian ox-bow lakes, offshore islands, temperate cloudforests, glaciers, volcanoes, grasslands and cactus-studded canyons.
Transitions from one environment to another are extremely rapid and our tours visit all the major habitats found in Peru, from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes and the lowlands of Amazonia, passing through some of the finest scenery in the world.
Our Peru specialist recommends..
"I recommend our Macaws & Machu Picchu tour where we explore the country’s most important maritime reserve, visit the ancient city of Cusco and 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. For bird watchers, Peru is particularly special. Its magnificent bird 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 claylicks at dawn
- Over 1,800 bird species with more endemics than any other country!
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
Overall the tour was excellent, covering a wide variety of habitats, birds and mammals, and with a bit of culture thrown in for good measure. The lodges we stayed at were fantastic - beautiful locations, friendly and obliging staff, and very good food.
Having been on your Macaws and Machu Picchu trip I was particularly keen to see more of Peru and this visit to Northern Peru was exactly what I had hoped for. It covered a wide range of habitats, which gave rise to a stunning variety of birds, animals, insects, plants and fungi. Northern Peru deserves to be far better known and appreciated. The scenery is magnificent, its archaeological remains easily comparable to those found further south, the people are delightful and friendly, and the hotels, I think without exception, were comfortable and welcoming. True there was a lot of travelling but what better way to see the country and appreciate its strengths and problems. The travelling was no more than on the Macaws and Machu Picchu trip and if the pre-trip information uses the word pioneering you know more or less what to expect and its not Hilton hotel-style luxury or lazy days spent by a swimming pool (thankfully). Of course a trip like this is busy at times but the rewards are enormous and well worth the effort. Rob was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader, the local guides were generous in sharing their considerable expertise and very proud of what their country had to offer. Ive been lucky enough to have two Naturetrek holidays this year and both have been excellent. I like the way you arrange the trips and your organisation is first-class. I also like the fact that you dont ignore local culture and history; the tours are well rounded and diverse. Of course there will be hitches but when they occur they are dealt with efficiently, quietly and quickly. It is also very encouraging that you listen to your customers and take note of what they say. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this Northern Peru trip and Naturetrek to anyone and I look forward to travelling with you again in the near future.
Excellent and well informed guides, smooth transfers and fantastic wildlife.