South America Safaris

South America’s biodiverse ecosystems include steamy cloud forests, dry deserts, towering mountains, thunderous waterfalls, dense rainforests, colossal ice caps and much more. You are sure to find a huge variety of wildlife to discover on a South America Safari.
A safari to South America has a lot of everything to suit every different traveller's wildlife interests. 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 so much to offer in terms of spectacular safari-like experiences. 

Why choose to go on a South America safari? 

  • South America has some really interesting wildlife experiences. The Galapagos Islands - often described as the nucleus of the natural world - is one of, if not, the most extraordinary natural environments on planet earth. Whether you opt for a luxury Galapagos cruise and sail around the islands, or base yourself at one of the lodges and take day trips- you are sure to fall in love, over and over again with what we call "paradise". 
  • Underwater and inland safaris have never been easier from the bushy beaches of Costa Rica. This relatively small country is easy to travel arounnd and experience different habitats and ecosystems. From the steamy cloudforests of Monteverde where you might spot the respledent quetzal to the most biodiverse tropical area of Lain America- The Osa Peninsula
  • South America is cheaper than any other Africa safari destinations! Also, instead of the iconic African four by four vehicles, in South America, safaris are mostly done by boat, foot or horseback. If you are looking for somehting a little more active you can combine it with adrenaline fuelled activities.
  • Latin America is home to the most biodiverse area in the planet, the Amazon rainforest. Whether you want to cruise down the Peruvian Amazon in Iquitos, base yourself deep in the Brazilian Amazon, or trek through the jungle the lost city. We are very forunate  to have visited these spectacular location many times, over many years, and know the options and best way of experiencing Amazon.
  • The most different safari you can get comes from a boat cruise to Antarctica. For an adventurous wildlife lover, this is the ultimate expedition destination. There are different lengths, routes and boats to consider, and we would love to speak to you all about the Antarctica safari possibilities. 

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

    We recommend safari-ing in BrazilEcuador and Costa Rica and Antarctica. These four biodiverse wildlife destinations, 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 over 900 variety of birds.

    On the equator where the North and South Pacific oceans meet, the Galapagos Islands, to the west of Ecuador, provide 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.

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    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.
  • Our origins are in safari-planning in Africa - we were Africa Odyssey for decades before we branched out, so we really do know our stuff when it comes to the wildlife watching. 
  • We will help you avoid gimmicky safari packages and 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 with the Amazon Jungle or the Pantanal. The Galapagos Islands are probably the most famous islands in the world for those seekign the numbe roen wildlife experience. Talk to our experts for more information.

    Worldwide Safari Locations

    Of course South America is not the most traditional safari destination - for information about other safaris please see our Africa Safari page, with special mention for the joy of a Tanzania Safari .




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