Home to the Amazon, Pantanal and the Galapagos Islands, the millions of species of birds, mammals and amphibians that coexist on this magnificent continent is nothing short of spectacular.
With both the Amazon and the Pantanal under its roof, Brazil is one of the best destinations on earth to enjoy a wildlife adventure. The Amazon spans across nine different countries and covers almost half of Brazil, with over 1,500 species of birds and over 430 mammals to discover, including sloths, toucans, caimans and much more. The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland area and equally exceptional for wildlife viewing. Here you can see jaguars parading along the river banks, families of giant otters in the rivers and beautiful macaws overhead.
From the Andes to swathes of cloud forest, Ecuador offers endless wildlife viewing opportunities in enchanting locations. The cloud forest region in particular is famous for its bird life, with over 500 species of bird recorded here alone, from exotic tanagers to colourful quetzals. For truly unique wildlife viewing, why not opt for a cruise of the Galapagos Islands, a fascinating archipelago located off the coast of Ecuador. The creatures found on these isolated islands are incredibly unique and famously fearless, including the giant Galapagos tortoise, blue-footed booby, iguanas and Darwin’s finches.
Costa Rica’s pristine wilderness boasts 850 recorded bird species and over 200 species of mammals, accounting for around 5% of the world’s biodiversity. One of its best wildlife hotspots is Corcovado National Park, regarded as ‘the most biologically intense place of the planet’. This natural wonderland is a great place to spot a number of rare mammals such as tapirs, ocelots and jaguars. Other wildlife highlights include watching baby turtles hatch at Tortugeuro National Park, spotting exotic birds in the Monteverde Cloud-Forest Reserve and encountering sloths in Manuel Antonio National Park.
Embark on a cruise to the ice-topped wilderness of Antarctica and discover the species that have adapted to live in this harsh desert environment. During the austral summer months, you can get up close encounters with seals, whales, penguins and a variety of migrating sea birds.