Wildlife Tour Packages to Central and South America

A lifetime can be spent in Latin America spotting wildlife. Premier wildlife destinations are the Galapagos Islands, the Pantanal wetlands and the Amazon basin. Birdlife throughout all of Latin America is prolific. Colombia is home to more species of birds than any other country on Earth, with over 1,800 species.

Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela are all in the world’s top 10. Panama and Costa Rica are top birding destination, each with many endemic species. Penguins can be visited from Punta Tombo on Argentina’s Atlantic coast to Tierra del Fuego and around the horn to Magdalena Island, near Punta Arenas. The Galapagos is home to the endemic Galapagos penguin. The Amazon basin is home to more species of fauna than any other land ecosystem on Earth.

Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Islands – the distinctive wildlife and endemic species make these islands very special. About 80% of the land birds, 97% of the reptiles and land mammals, more than 20% of the marine species are found nowhere else on the planet. Iconic species include: Galapagos Albatross, Blue-footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos finches, the Great and Magnificent frigatebirds, Galapagos Hawk, Land and Marine iguanas, Galapagos penguin, sea lion, fur seal, Sally Lightfoot crabs and the iconic Galapagos Giant Tortoise.

Mammals include Rorqual Whales, dolphins, sea lions, rodents and bats. Twenty eight species of reptiles have been recorded in Galapagos in recent times. Nineteen of these species are endemic to the islands, 11 of which are confined to single islands.

Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge Brazil

The Pantanal is an immense wetland, located mostly in Brazil that contains astounding biodiversity. The Pantanal ecosystem is home to around 1000 bird species, 400 fish species, 300 mammalian species, and 480 reptile species.

The Pantanal is home to the following endangered or threatened species: marsh deer, giant river otter, hyacinth macaw, crowned solitary eagle, maned wolf, bush dog, South American tapir, giant anteater.

The Pantanal is also home to one of the world’s largest and healthiest jaguar populations. Reptiles found in the Pantanal include the caiman, the yellow anaconda, the gold tegu, the red-footed tortoise and the green iguana.

The Valdes Peninsula - On the Atlantic coast of Argentina you can encounter unique wildlife including penguins, whales, orcas and exotic birdlife. The numerous gulfs, bays, inlets and peninsulas along the vast Argentine shoreline of the South Atlantic are inhabited by thousands of different marine animal colonies.

Valdes Peninsula - Penguins

Punta Tombo is the most important breeding colony of Magellan penguins in the world including more than 1 million specimens. From June to December you can take a boat trip and encounter the Southern right whale. Killer whales (orcas) are more frequently seen between February and May, while dolphins are seen all year round.

Orcas can be spotted from La Ernestina estancia near Punta Norte. The plan is to spot orcas beach stranding during which they catch the seals from the beach. Punta Norte is the only place in the world where orcas use this type of beach stranding attack as a hunting system. Other mammals include sea lions and elephant seals.

Amazonia – incredible numbers of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish are found in the basin of the World’s longest river. Naturally, mammals are the most difficult to spot in dense jungle, but monkeys, sloth, tapirs, giant otter and Amazon pink river dolphin can all be spotted. Jaguars are far more elusive here. Around 1,300 species of bird include: macaw, parrot, toucan, hoatzin, harpy eagle. Many rainforest lodges have access to nearby macaw clay licks.

Southern Patagonia - The wildlife of southern Patagonia includes Guanaco, Huemul (South Andean Deer), Puma, Patagonian Fox, Condor.


Duration: 20 days, 19 nights
From: $6,250.00
Who says you can't see it all? Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon, the Northern Kingdoms, the Nazca Lines.
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
From: $1,595.00
Our 4-day horseback riding trek from Leymebamba to Uchucmarca in the highlands of northern Peru.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $3,350.00
Visit two remote and fascinating destinations: the Atacama Desert and Easter Island
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
From: $4,990.00
Explore the striking natural wonders and diverse landscapes along the spine of the Andes from the Atacama to the Lakes Region and Torres del Paine
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $2,300.00
An active 8-day trip with biking, hiking, birdwatching and horseback riding across the plains of Uruguay.
Duration: 15 days, 14 nights
From: $5,798.00
Starting in beautiful La Paz, this trip takes you through the city and country scapes of Bolivia, including Sucre and Salar de Uyuni, before crossing over into Chile.
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
From: $3,471.00
An immersion into nature at two Pantanal lodges and several days exploring the unique natural wonders of Bonito.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $4,198.00
See the best nature Brazil has to offer with the best guides while based at upscale lodges and hotels.
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
From: $4,285.00
The best of Brazil's natural history combines 3 diverse ecosystems: breathtaking Iguacu Falls, the wildlife of the Pantanal grasslands, the Amazon rainforest.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $2,495.00
Experience three diverse parts of Brazil: exotic Rio de Janeiro at a Copacabana beach hotel, the majestic Iguacu Falls, deep in the remote Amazon River jungle at an all-inclusive lodge.
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
From: $4,990.00
Seven days in Jaguarland at the Southwild Jaguar Retreat and the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge.
Duration: 9 days, 10 nights
From: $4,995.00
Rio de Janeiro, Iguacu Falls and a 4-day Amazon River cruise.
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
From: $8,695.00
Explore the diverse microclimates of Ecuador: the Amazon rainforest, Otavalo highlands and the 'Avenue of Volcanoes', the Galapagos Islands.
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights
From: $7,094.00
For extreme wildlife enthusiasts! A Circuit of Nature that takes you into the Amazon rainforest, the highland cloudforest and to the Galapagos Islands on a Scuba diving program.
Duration: 17 days, 16 nights
From: $6,000.00
Colombia is a unique country in that it has abundant nature, fascinating culture in remote locations, and an up-and-coming gastronomic scene.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $1,722.00
This Andean circuit features Bogota, Villa de Leyva, the Coffee Zone and the archaeological region around San Agustin.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $2,835.00
A comprehensive tour of Panama, from the Canal to the Chiriqui Highlands to the Caribbean coast, you will see nature, wildlife, culture like nowhere else.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $1,980.00
Awarded National Geographic's 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2013.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $5,272.00
Panama: Vivid, amazing, moving and… simply unforgettable!
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $1,795.00
Take your pick of activities around Arenal Volcano, explore nature at its fullest at the Monteverde Cloudforest, finish at Manuel Antonio National Park.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
From: $2,150.00
This tour combines three natural highlights of Costa Rica: the Pacuare River, the Arenal Volcano and the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio.
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
From: $3,350.00
Enjoy the beaches and jungles of Manuel Antonio National Park, the tropical rainforest in Corcovado National Park, and a few days beneath the fantastic Arenal Volcano.
Duration: 15 days, 14 nights
From: $4,630.00
A comprehensive combination tour of Costa Rica and Panama: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio National Park, Panama City and the Canal, Chiriqui Highlands and Bocas del Toro.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $2,950.00
An 8-day trip with plenty of sport, culture and activity: volcano climb, yoga, walking tours, Mayan ruins, kayaking, hiking and a visit to the Chichicastenango Market.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,395.00
Enjoy a vacation in Paradise at two award-winning resorts: The Lodge at Chaa Creek & Chabil Mar Seaside at Placencia. Choice of 3 or 4 nights stays at either resort.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
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A Belize rainforest and reef all-inclusive adventure.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,259.00
Combine 3 nights at Cave's Branch Adventure lodge with 4 nights on the coast at Victoria House on Ambergris Caye.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
From: $3,795.00
Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck’s path into the protected waters of Cousteau’s “world’s aquarium.” Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife await you!
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