From the depths of the Amazon jungle to Antarctica’s ice-capped wilderness, Latin America is full of wonderfully remote regions where animals roam the land en masse. These are our favourite places across the continent to spot wildlife in its natural habitat…
The Galapagos Islands are the most spectacular volcanic islands in the world. The unique ecosystem of these dramatic islands creates a habitat where endless endemic species thrive. Swim with sea lions, plod along with giant tortoises and ogle at the brightly coloured feet of the blue-footed booby.
Located in the heart of South America, the Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland and home to a plethora of animal and bird species. With its flat swampy wetland, it’s arguably the best place in Brazil for viewing wildlife. See jaguars parading along the riverbanks, families of giant otters frolicking in the water and strikingly coloured macaws gliding overhead.
A frozen wilderness at the end of the Earth, the hauntingly beautiful Antarctica measures 14 million square kilometres and is covered in ice that in places can be over a mile thick. It is somewhat miraculous that animals manage to survive in these harsh conditions in such huge numbers, but they do, and visitors can expect to see penguins, whales, seals and numerous bird species all battling the cold.
One of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a natural wonderland teeming with wildlife. As the least developed and least visited area of the country, roads are non-existent, the human footprint is kept to a minimum and animals rule the land (and sea). Spot dolphins, whales and turtles in the tropical waters, or trek through the rainforest for sightings of monkeys, sloths and even the elusive jaguar.
Second in size only to the Brazilian portion, the Peruvian Amazon covers almost 100,000 square kilometres and half of the country is enveloped in this lush tropical wilderness. Estimated to be home to over 1,500 bird species and almost 430 mammals, as well as more insects and fresh water fish than anywhere else in the world, this enormous rainforest provides wildlife lovers with the ultimate adventure holiday.