South America Travel

Wildlife of South America

Much of South America is still largely untouched by mass tourism and development, making it one of the world's leading destinations for ecotourism. Not only will you find yourself in spectacular scenery, but you will also get a rare glimpse of a wide range of animals and plants. Listed below are some of the best places for spotting a variety of wildlife.

These aligators keep tourist from swimming in the Amazon of Brazil
The Amazon Rainforest
This region supports the most dynamic ecosystem on the planet, but it also features a variety of other types of landscapes, including mountain forests, lakes, and grasslands. In this region you might see jaguars, pumas, anteaters, giant turtles, and anacondas. It is also a great place for bird watching.
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A beautiful tiger emerging from the water in the heart of the Pantanal
The Pantanal
Because of its remote location, this region is one of the best on the continent for spotting wildlife. Located in west Brazil, the Patanal is an open swampland that is home to a variety of wildlife, including jaguars, toucans, blue macaws, anacondas, and armadillos.
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The wild birds and marine life of the Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands
Because of its rare marine fauna and beautiful stretches of white sand beaches, the Galapagos Islands is Ecuador's most famous destination. Located in the Atlantic Ocean 1,000km east of the coast, this island features an abundance of rare and unusual animals and plants, including giant tortoises.
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Watch hundreds of thousands of penguins go through their daily routine
Peninsula Valdes
Located in Argentina's pristine Patagonia region, the waters of the Peninsula Valdes feature one of the most important marine reserves on earth. Here you'll find pods of killer whales, sea lions, and elephant seals battling for survival.

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