Best Wildlife Tours in South America

by Benjamin Kerns

May 24, 2019

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South America is home to some of the world’s most unique and fascinating wildlife. Between the mountains of Patagonia and the stunning paradise islands, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had.


Manu National Park is regularly touted as one of the top national parks on Earth. The 3.7 million-acre biosphere is location in the Peruvian Amazon and houses more than 15,000 species of plants and 1,000 species of birds. In fact, it holds the records for most bird species seen in one day. It also boasts giant otters, pumas, jaguars, sloths and Black Caimans.


Brazil’s Pantanal is the world’s largest freshwater wetland system and home to thousands of unique wildlife species. Tourists frequent the region because its fauna and landscape is similar to the Amazon, but the lower amount of foliage makes it easer to spot the animals. It’s also home to the largest jaguar population in the world.


Penguin lovers will appreciate a tour of Puerto Tumbo in Argentina. During half of the year, September to March, roughly 500,000 Magellan Penguins come to the shores to breed and give birth. The park and nearby city of Puerto Madryn see shorelines covered in the majestic birds and guests are able to get within feet of them. The park is also home to foxes, orcas, dolphins and southern whales.


Of course, it’s not a complete trip to South America without a tour of the famous Galapagos Islands. Ecaudor’s beloved chain of islands is home to numerous tourist companies, each of which will take you from shore to shore as you spot incredible wildlife like flamingoes, iguanas, giant sea tortoises and more.



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