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South America Wildlife Holidays

Introduction

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.

Our top itineraries for South America Wildlife Holidays

Highlights of Argentina

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,440 pp incl. flights

Get a taste for tango in the 'Paris of South America', gaze in awe at the advancing ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the thundering power of Iguazu Falls before living life gaucho style at an estancia on the outskirts of the capital, all on this 13-day tailor-made itinerary.

Pristine Patagonia Self-Drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,220 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

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.

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,320 pp incl. flights

Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, hides a continents worth of highlights within its borders. Teeming rainforests, sparkling beaches and iconic megacities can all be found here, along with a people and culture with a deserved reputation as one of the most welcoming on earth.

Amazon cruise and The Galapagos Islands

12-day tailor-made journey from £7,425 pp incl. flights

Ecuador is renowned for its wildlife, with two of the world's most important and best-known ecosystems falling within its borders - the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.

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Top offers for South America Wildlife Holidays

Quito, Otavalo & Galápagos Island Hopping‬‬

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,885 pp

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– Save up to £180 pp
Book by: 30 September 2017

This tailor-made tour is a comprehensive appreciation of the Galápagos’ alien natural world, taking in its spectacular scenery and philosophy-inspiring wildlife on a range of guided excursions. You’ll also have time to explore Ecuador’s colonial heritage and indigenous culture.

Antarctica Adventure

14-day exploration cruise from £11,040 pp incl. flights

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Fly-cruise fares

Take in the Antarctic’s dramatic glaciers, cragged icebergs and myriad wildlife in the utmost luxury with this all-inclusive cruise. After included Zodiac landings led by the expedition team, you’ll return to fine-dining luxuries, open-bar indulgences and a spread of superb facilities.

Amazon Cruise & Sacred Valley of the Incas

13-day tailor-made journey from £6,980 pp

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Complimentary flights between Lima and Iquitos – Save up to £330 pp
Book by: 30 September 2017

Introduce yourself to Peru’s colonial tapestry with its capital before delving further into the country’s rich history with Machu Picchu – the enigmatic poster child for the Sacred Valley’s lost Incan cities and stunning geography.

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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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