Wildlife

Virtually every trip Southern Exploration arranges includes wildlife sure to awe travelers from the most experienced birder to ten-year olds seeing their first monkey outside of a zoo. These are some of the species and destinations that our passengers have in store.

THE MAJOR WILDLIFE MECCAS

Southern Explorations goes where the wildlife goes. To be awed by the most exotic of wildlife, the jaguars, the ocelots, the primates, the tapirs and all those other rainforest species one sees in books, most everyone wants to travel to the Amazon. We offer many Amazon tours to get them there. South America’s other top wildlife destination is the extraordinary Galapagos Islands, and we offer countless options for making that dream come true too. And then there is Antarctica, home to a multitude of species, including a preponderance of penguins. One place we don’t send many people but would if they knew what they were missing is the little-visited Pantanal, an area of Brazil’s interior the size of France where wildlife is just as diverse, profuse and unafraid of humans as in the Galapagos. Our 13-day Brazil Water Paradises trip goes there.

AND OTHER POPULAR SPECIES

We get asked about several animals more than others. Turtles Southern Explorations travels to several locations where turtles nest. Three top locations to have the once in a lifetime experience of watching this nighttime phenomenon are Panama, Costa Rica and Brazil’s Praia do Forte. In all of these places, poaching has been replaced by eco-tourism in local projects that are helping to bring back these mostly endangered species. Whales From Costa Rica to Antarctica, whales are in our itineraries. The baleens and many toothed species inhabit these waters at certain times of year.

BIRDS OF MANY PARADISES

Birds together Seeing large groups of birds all in one place is an unforgettable experience. There are clay licks in the Amazon that attract hundreds of macaws, with hidden nearby places for humans to watch. Visitors who travel with Southern Explorations will probably see more penguins together than any other bird species where in places they number into the millions. Big birds South America is home to many large species. You’ll find three different species of flamingos in some places such as the National Flamingo Reserve Chile’s Atacama Desert and elsewhere in the Atacama Desert where vicunas, the tiny, soft wild camelids congregate too. If flamingoes are on your bird bucket list, the Atacama is the place to go. We offer several short trips to this region of Chile that may be added on to Patagonia tours. Fortunate is the traveler to South America who gets to see the largest of the vultures, the Andean condor. Two most likely spots are Colca Canyon where parents teach their wee ones to fly, and Colombia’s Los Nevados National Park where the government is working with the San Diego Zoo to reintroduce the species. To see the world’s largest population of black-necked swans, the Uruguayan coast, east of Punta del Este is the place. The signature bird of Brazil’s Pantanal is the jabiru. The ibis may be seen in many parts of Argentina. Pretty birds The world’s most beautiful bird, the Resplendent Quetzal, resides almost exclusively in Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Panama’s Volcan Baru National Park.

We go all these places. You just tell us what wildlife you want to see and we’ll tell you where to go.

View our Wildlife trip and tour options below:
Self Guided Tour, Pacuare River Rafting, Arenal National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park
17 Days $4,735
Cities of Peru , Amazon Lodge - 3 Day, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley - Inca Trail Trek, Colca Canyon & Lake Titicaca
7, 8 & 10 days $2,595
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking
11 - 19 Days $8,195
Glaciers, Icebergs, Penguins, Whales, Hiking, Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Camping, Photography
11 - 22 Days $8,195
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Kayaking, Camping, Photography
Cusco, Ancient Inca Trail , Machu Picchu, Local Perspective , Off the beaten Trek
6, 7 & 10 Days $3350
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling
12 Days $3,490
Inca Trail Trek , Machu Picchu , Sacred Valley, Amazon Jungle Lodge
Amazon Rainforest & Jungle, Amazon Wildlife, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu
Kayaking the Amazon Rainforest, Indigenous Community , Parrot Clay Lick, Jungle Hiking & More......
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,795
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Amazon River & Rainforest , Yasuni National Park, Jungle Hikes, Kayaking & More.....
Mountain Biking & Hiking, Amazon Whitewater Rafting , Galapagos Islands , Sea Kayaking & More...
6, 7 & 10 Days $1,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 10 Days $3,295
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
4, 5 & 8 Days $3,380
Amazon River and Rainforest, Pacaya Samiria Reserve, Exotic Amazon Jungle Wildlife and Fauna
10 Days $4495
Wildlife, Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, SCUBA Diving , Wolf & Darwin Islands
8 & 10 Days $6,445
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier
Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Cape Horn, Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre, Perito Moreno Glacier
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Salvador, Chapada Diamantina, Praia Do Forte
10 Days $4295
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7, 8 & 10 Days $3,195
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
13 Days $4,695
Buenos Aires, Punta Tombo, Valdes Peninsula, Tierra Del Fuego, Perito Moreno Glacier
14 Days $3,885
Lima, Cusco, Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Amazon
Florianopolis - Outstanding Beaches , Guide Optional - Surfing, Wind Surfing, Kite Boarding , Hiking, Rafting, Nightlife
Anavilhanas Archipelago, Amazon Rainforest Excursion, Rainforest Wildlife, Lago Janauari Ecological Park
7 Days $1,925
Florianopolis , Daily Surfing & Yoga Instruction, Outstanding Beaches, One Highlight Hike, Nightlife Guide
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf , Jericoacoara, Northern Highlights and More....
Buenos Aires , Iguazu Falls, Rio De Janeiro
8 & 10 Days $2,995
Wildlife, Biriding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Colonial Cartagena, Tayrona National Park, Lost City of El Pueblito, Caribbean Snorkeling
4 & 5 Days $2845
Wildlife, Birding, Amazon River and Rainforest, Exotic Jungle Wildlife and Fauna
12 Days $4,495
Chile's most famous regions, Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine National Park
10 Days $2,695
Arenal Volcano , Monteverde , Manuel Antonio National Park, River Rafting, Tabacon Hot Springs, More...
10 Days $2,995
Lima, Cusco , Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
7 days $2,695
Buenos Aires , Perito Moreno Glacier, Glacier National Park, Mt. Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre
Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Classic Treks to Mt. Torre and to Mt. Fitz Roy
7 Days $1,795
Tortuguero National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, River Rafting, Pacific Beaches, Caribbean Beaches
The Coffee Region, Rafting, Hiking, Mountain Biking
10 Days $4195
Bogota , Cartagena, Rafting, Hiking & Biking , Lost City of El Pueblito
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,250
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,250
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Lima, Huaraz, Huascar'an National Park, 5 Day Santa Cruz Trek
6, 7 & 10 Days $3,295
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Pacuare River Rafting , Selva Bananito , Cahuita National Park, Rainforest Exploration, Caribbean Beaches
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,095
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
4 & 5 Days $3,700
Amazon River and Rainforest, Luxury Accommodations , Indigenous Flora, Fauna and Wildlife
14 Days $3,745
Lima, Cusco , Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Amazon Lodge - 3 Days, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca
8 Days $2,900
Salta, Cafayate , Humahuaca Canyon, Salinas Grande, Pre-Colombian Ruins
8 & 10 Days $6,295
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7, 8 & 10 Days $2,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
9 Days $2,650
Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, Baños, Devil's Nose Train, Ingapirca Ruins, El Cajas National Park
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,250
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $6,960
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $4,495
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $5,795
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
11 - 22 Days $6,099
Glaciers, Icebergs, Penguins, Whales, Kayaking, Camping, Hiking, Photography
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Florianopolis , Hiking, Rafting, Paragliding, Sand Boarding, Horseback Riding, Outstanding Beaches, Nightlife Guide
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,375
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
World-class rafting on the Futaleufu River, Kayaking on the Rio Azul, Luxury camping, Mountain Biking, Horesback Riding
10+ Days $3,945
Galapagos Islands , Amazon Jungle , Wildlife , Birding, Snorkeling , Hiking
11+ Days $3,945
Cotopaxi National Park, Papallacta Hot Springs, Otavalo Market, Galapagos Islands Cruise, Wildlife & Snorkeling
Lima and Cusco, Peru, Machu Picchu and Inca Trail, Galapagos Islands , Hiking, Rafting & More......
Machu Picchu, Galapagos Islands, Mountain Biking, Snorkeling, Hiking, Galapagos Wildlife, More....
Wildlife , Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking, Sierra Negra Volcano Hike, Mountain Biking
Wildlife & Birding, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking & Mountain Biking , Luxury Tented Accommodations
6-10 Days $1,750
Live Onboard, Best Dives in Galapagos
10 Days $5,795
Wildlife, SCUBA Diving, Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, Wolf & Darwin Islands
Amazon Jungle Lodge, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Island Cruise
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,295
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7, 8 & 10 Days $2,775
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $1,850
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $6,395
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $2,395
Panama City, Panama Canal, Gamboa Rainforest, Monkey Island, Pedasi, Playa Venao
6 - 22 Days $4,895
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Kayaking
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf , Paraty
Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Colca Canyon , Sacred Valley, Inca Trail Trek - 4 Days, Machu Picchu
Lima, Cusco Lake Titicaca, Inca Trail Trek , Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
8 Days $2,795
Add a fully serviced Southern Explorations Inca Trail hike, to Machu Picchu to your independent Peru vacation.
Lodge Based Inca Trail Hike, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
6, 7, & 10 Days $3,495
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking , Snorkeling
7 & 9 Days $3,950
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $7,330
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Glaciers, Icebergs, Penguins, Whales, Hiking
7 & 9 Days $4,495
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Myths and legends in Chiloe Island, Lake District, Llanquihue Lake and majestic Osorno Volcano
Off the Beaten Path, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Lima
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,195
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $1850
Wildlife, Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, SCUBA Diving, Wolf & Darwin Islands
9 Days $3595
Luxury Accomodations, Pacuare River & Lodge, Arenal , Sunset Cruises, Tabacon Hot Springs, Pacific Coast
11 Days $4,595
Otavalo Market, Cotopaxi National Park, Devil's Nose Train, Cuenca, El Cajas National Park
8 Days $2,195
Panama City , Playa Blanca, JW Marriot, Golf, Spa, Snorkeling and More...
Mendoza Wine , Explora Lodge, Bariloche , Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine
Lima, Cusco, Amazon Rainforest, Reserva Amazonica Lodge, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Arequipa Architecture and Convent of Santa Catalina, Colca Canyon, Valley and Lodge, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu
Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Island Cruise, Wildlife
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Shortest Trip to Visit Machu Picchu
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling
4, 5 & 8 Days $1,490
Amazon River & Rainforest , Yasuni National Park, Wildlife, Cultural Excursions, Fauna and Flora
10 Days $4,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7, 8 & 10 Days 2995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 10 Days $3,495
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
12 - 22 Days $13,660
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
12 - 22 Days $13,660
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
6, 7, & 10 Days $3095
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,095
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $3,795
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2350
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $4695
Wildlife, SCUBA Diving , Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, Wolf & Darwin Islands
6 - 10 Days $4,595
Glaciers, Icebergs, Penguins, Whales, Kayaking, Hiking, Snowshoeing
6, 7, 8 & 10 Days $3,295
Wildlife, Birding , Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 8 Days $3,295
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
11 - 32 Days $7,100
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Kayaking, Camping, Diving, Helicopter Touring
Panama City , Isla Bastimento, Bocas Del Toro, Boquete, Panama Canal
Panama City and Canal, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, All-Inclusive Pacific Coast Resort, Monkey Island & Gatun Lake, Family Trip
11 Days $2,375
Panama City and Canal, San Blas Islands, Chargres National Park, Boquete, Bocas Del Toro
10 Days $5,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $3,495
Buenos Aires , Trelew, Punta Tombo, Valdes Peninsula, Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego National Park, Perito Moreno Glaciar
Fitz Roy , Glacier National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, Tierra del Fuego , Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, Cerro Torre
Buenos Aires , Ushuia, Tierra Del Fuego , Perito Moreno Glacier, Fitz Roy , Cerro Torre
Torres Del Paine National Park, Classic 'W' Hike, Puerto Natales , Buenos Aires, Perito Moreno Glacier, Mt. Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre
Patagonia Lakes District , Torres Del Paine , Bariloche, Perito Moreno, Fitz Roy , Cerro Torre
9 Days $2,985
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Epic Day Hikes in the Andes, Machu Picchu, Charming Hotels at Night
11 Days $3,260
Amazon Jungle, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
6-10 Days $3,395
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7, & 10 Days $4,795
Wildlife & Birding, Snorkeling, Luxury Eco Hotel
10 - 20 Days $5,450
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Mountaineering, Ski Mountaineering, Kayaking, Camping, Diving, Photography, Ski Trekking
11 - 20 Days $8,800
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking, Camping, Diving, Snorkeling, Mountaineering, Alpine Crossing, Photography
Ecolodge's 115-foot canopy tower, Hike and Tour Tres Chimbadas Lake, Tambopata National Reserve
6, 7 & 10 Days $2495
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 10 Days $3,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
12 Day $3,275
Lima, Cusco, Apurimac River Rafting, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Rafting, Mountain Biking
Corcovado National Park , River Rafting, Rainforests, Manuel Antonio National Park
Poas Volcano , Volcano Arenal, Corcovado National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
10 Days $4,695
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, HIking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Tambopata National Reserve, Select from a wide array of activities
6 Days $2,640
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Iguazu Falls
Rio City & Beaches , Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Paraty, Iguazu Falls
Lima, Cusco , Inca Trail Hike, Salcantay Hike, Machu Picchu
10 Days $3,595
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,195
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 8 Days $3,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
12 - 22 Days $7,895
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking, Kayaking, Camping, Photography
7 & 8 Days $4,095
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,550
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 Days $2,495
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, 1 Day Inca Trail Hike, Machu Picchu
11 - 23 Days $9,850
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking
10 Days $7,550
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 Days $3,195
Torres del Paine National Park, Last Hope Sound , Towers of Paine, Grey Glacier, French Valley, Serrano River
10 Days $4,295
Towers of Paine , Ice Hiking & Intro Ice Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Grey Glacier , French Valley, Serrano River, Last Hope Sound
10 Days $4,235
Towers of Paine , Grey Glacier, French & Dickson Valleys, Los Perros Glacier, John Gardner Pass
Salta, Cafayate wine region, Salinas Grandes , Route 40, Purmamarca & Tilcara
6, 7 & 10 Days 3195
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $3,065
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 &10 Days $3,195
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, HIking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 9 Days $3,150
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling
San Gerardo de Dota, Uvita, Bahia Ballena, Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, Cano Island
One-of-a-kind Accommodations, Galapagos, Cloud Forest, Andes, Wildlife & Birding
8 Days $3,295
Colonia, Montevideo Wine Country, Hike to Cabo Polonia, Punte Este, Guardia del Monte
10 - 20 Days $5,100
Glaciers, Icebergs, Whales, Penguins, Hiking
Rio De Janeiro, Bonito , Pantanal
7 & 10 Days $3,340
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7, 10 Day $1,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking