The Pantanal, mostly located in Brazil, is one of the world’s largest tropical wetland areas and contains some of South America’s best wildlife spotting opportunities including capybara, caiman, howler monkeys and piranhas.
The Amazon rainforest covers half of the land mass of South America and can be visited in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia. It is possible to see monkeys, macaws, toucans and even pink river dolphins.
Guyana is a nature lover’s paradise, with wildlife including giant river otters, anteaters and over 800 bird species. It also offers one of best chances of seeing jaguar in the wild.
From the Valdes peninsula in Argentina it is possible to see baleen whales off the coast as well as visit the largest Magellanic penguin colony in South America at Punta Tombo.
The Falkland Islands off the coast of South America offers great wildlife spotting opportunities, especially for penguin lovers. You can see five different species of penguin, the largest accessible king penguin colony in the world and 70% of the world’s rockhopper penguin population. There are also sea lions, elephant seals, orcas as well as plenty of birdlife to be enjoyed.