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South America Wildlife Holidays


South America is a wildlife haven and has an outstanding variety of fauna and flora in incomparable settings.

The Amazon rainforest encroaches into Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, with excellent wildlife holidays available in each country. Bolivia, Colombia and Guyana are less visited and more remote, whilst Brazil and Peru are the most famous and often used to access the jungle.

The Amazon in Brazil allows you to see the wild side of the country, with Manaus and Santarem especially good for birdlife and river dolphins respectively. Elsewhere, the Pantanal is home to river otters, caimans, monkeys, jaguars, anacondas and capybara. Spot sea turtles in Praia do Forte or Mangue Seco; watch whales at Praia do Rosa or within Parque Nacional Marinho de Abrolhos and snorkel amongst river fish and giant catfish at Fernando de Noronha Bonito. Even Parque Nacional da Tijuca close to Rio is home to coatis, ocelots, sloths and various simians including howler monkeys.

In Peru, the Manu Biosphere Reserve is the finest wildlife watching area in the country and one of the best on the continent. Tambopata and Madre de Dios are also exceptional spots, where you might see a wealth of animals and literally hundreds of species of bird including gaudy macaws. In the north cruise from Iquitos to the Pacaya Samiria Reserve for a different experience and the chacne to see rare pink river dolphins.

The Yasuni National Park in Ecuador boasts some superb lodges and good-quality rainforest. However, the real wildlife draw here are the Galapagaos Islands. This remote volcanic archipelago allowed animals to evolve in isolation and without developping a fear of people. Consequently, get up close to marine iguanas, giant tortoises, a wealth of birdlife including albatross, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and penguins as well as a mass of other marine life such as fur seals and sea lions.

These are just a few of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your wildlife holdiay in South America by adding a city stay, beach holdiay, activity and adventure holiday or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.


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Our top itineraries for South America Wildlife Holidays

Iguazú Falls

Highlights of Argentina

13-day tailor-made holiday from £5,785 pp incl. flights

Get a taste for tango in the 'Paris of South America', then gaze in awe at the advancing ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the thundering power of Iguazu Falls, before living life gaucho style with a stay in an estancia.

Guanacos, Torres del Paines National Park, Chile

Pristine Patagonia Self-Drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,210 pp incl. flights

Explore Patagonia at your own pace, marvelling at the epic Fitzroy Massif, remote and rugged Torres del Paine National Park and one of the only advancing glaciers in the world – Perito Moreno. Along the way, you'll also spot whales, walruses, seals and penguins.

Iguaçu Falls

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made holiday from £5,200 pp incl. flights

From the wildlife-filled jungles of the Amazon to the icons of Rio de Janeiro, colonial Salvador and the mighty Iguazu Falls, this is the ultimate introduction to the best of Brazil.

Turtle in Galapagos

Amazon cruise and The Galápagos Islands

14-day tailor-made holiday from £10,130 pp incl. flights

This adventure-packed holiday takes in two of Ecuador's wildlife hotspots - the Amazon Rainforest and the islands of the Galápagos. Take it all expert-led tours and a pair of luxury cruises.

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Top offers for South America Wildlife Holidays

Blue-footed Booby, Galapagos Islands

Luxury Quito & Galápagos Cruise

15-day tailor-made holiday from £9,995 pp incl. flights


Free Galapagos return flights on select 2023 departure dates – Save up to £720pp
Book by: 15 May 2023

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galápagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge & the Galápagos Islands

12-day tailor-made holiday from £6,935 pp incl. flights


Free Galapagos return flights on select 2023 departure dates – Save up to £600pp
Book by: 15 May 2023

Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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