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South America Safaris

With South America’s biodiverse ecosystems, cloud forests, deserts, mountains, waterfalls, rainforests, ice caps, flora and fauna, if you are a wildlife lover you are in for a real treat...
South America is the continent that has a lot of everything to suit each individual traveller's desires. And when it comes to wildlife, you would be hard pushed to find a more diverse range of animals and flora anywhere in the world. Although Africa is traditionally the home of the safari holiday, South America has much to offer for a really one of a kind safari experience. 

Why choose to go on a South America safari? 

  • It is so unique! South America has some really interesting wildlife experience… In particular, the Galapagos Islands - often described as the nucleus of the natural world - is the main highlight!
  • Underwater and inland safaris have never been easier from the bushy beaches of Costa Rica
  • It is so cheap compared to other safari destinations! Also, instead of the iconic African four by four vehicles, in South America, safaris are mostly done by boat or on foot. If you want to spend more than a trip exploring these safari destinations then staying aboard a cruiser is probably the way to go.
  • South America is also home to the most bio-diverse area in the planet, the Amazon rainforest. 
  • The most different safari you can get comes from a boat cruise to Antarctica… For an adventurous wildlife lover, this is the ultimate destination.

  • Where are the best places in South America to go on safari?

    We recommend safari-ing in BrazilEcuador and Costa Rica. These three countries, spaced out throughout the continent will allow you to really explore the mixed topography of the land. 

    Starting in Costa Rica's more Caribbean climate you will find volcanoes, mountains and thick rainforest canopies to explore and search for sloths, turtles and birds.

    The Galapagos Island sitting to the west of Ecuador, on the equator where the North and South Pacific’s meet, provides a totally different ecosystem to the rest of the continent.  With both warm and cool waters the sea life is hugely diverse and if you explore below the surface you will encounter dolphins, whales, seals, manta ray, sharks, turtles and much more.

    Best Safari Countries

    Why book your safari holiday with South America Odyssey? 

  • We know all the wildlife hubs worth knowing in South America, and we can recommend and organise your whole wildlife trip! It is a huge place, so finding the best pockets of wildlife and the logistics of putting it all together without help can be daunting.
  • We originally were Africa Odyssey before we branched out, so really do know our stuff when it comes to the wildlife of the world
  • We will help you avoid gimmicky safari packages and help you get the best and most natural wildlife experience possible
  • Our experts have the knowledge of tailor making many itineraries to make your trip varied and interesting, but also the experience of visiting the locations so know the absolute best spots.
  • Using our trusted contacts on the ground in South America, you can rest assured you can have a seamless holiday filled with little added South America Odyssey exclusive luxuries…

    When to go on a South America safari?

    A South America safari really is possible anytime throughout the year due to the different seasons. For your ultimate safari experience in the Galapagos, it is luckily a year round destination. For other destinations and advice on when to go, talk to our team of experts who know the microclimates like the back of their hand!

    How do I combine a South America safari with the beach?

    Costa Rica is probably the easiest beach and safari destination and is absolutely fantastic for families and honeymooners alike. For a romantic safari and beach experience all in one, look no further than the beautiful, wild and romantic Osa Peninsula. Or, go east to Tortuguero National Park for a family action packed nature adventure and then hop over to the Nicoya Peninsula… From other countries such as Brazil you can also combine the beach, but from Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands you needn’t even leave the beach as the safari really is all around!  There are lots of really good internal flights, so most things are possible … Talk to our experts for more information.

    Worldwide Safari Locations

    Of course South America is not the most traditional safari destinations - for information about other safaris please see our Tanzania Safari page, or our Africa Safari page
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