Top 5 Destinations for Birding Tours in South America
picture of the cover of a sample tour itinerary
  • Get This Itinerary Now! 📬
Adventure Tours

Top 5 Destinations for Birding Tours in South America

3 min read

Mar 21, 2019

|

By Annica Gaither

Share This Post

Last updated on October 16th, 2020 at 03:02 pm

Birding tours are a great way to experience South America’s natural beauty and its colorful inhabitants. Lucky for you, South America boasts plenty of birdwatching destinations. From Galapagos bird tours to bird adventures in Mindo Ecuador, there is a spot for everyone to discover vibrant, endemic species. Browse our Top 5 Destinations for Birding Tours in South America and determine which destination fits your travel interests best.

#1. The Galapagos Islands

Blue Footed Boobie in South AmericaOne of the top birdwatching destinations in South America is non-other than the Galapagos Islands. This cluster of islands, off the coast of Ecuador, is where Charles Darwin studied evolution. In particular, he examined the many species of finches inhabiting each island. Many birds are endemic to each island. This allows for an exciting birding experience. Embark on a noGalapagos Bird Tour and spot notable species such as the blue and red-footed boobies, Galapagos hawks, cormorants, and the albatross.

#2. Mindo Ecuador

hummingbird in south americaAlso located in Ecuador is Mindo. Mindo Ecuador is a 2 hours drive from Quito and offers prime birdwatching opportunities. The Mindo Cloud Forest is rich in flora and fauna. Travelers can find an abundance of the hummingbird species here. Also, the general Mindo area hosts over 500 species of birds. These species include the Cock-of-the-Rock, common potoo, yellow-throated toucan, and scaled fruiteater, among others.

#3. Alta Floresta Brazil

macaw in south americaNext up is Alta Floresta Brazil. Alta Floresta has a wonderful selection of birds for birdwatching in South America. In fact, 50% of the species found in the whole of the Amazon Rainforest can be seen here. With several rivers inside the rainforest, spot kingfishers, cuckoos, macaws, and parakeets. At the Cristalino State Park and Cristalino River, try and find the majestic harpy eagle.

#4. Chile

flamingo in south americaBirdwatchers may be surprised that Chile made the list. However, Chile has some great places for birdwatching such as Patagonia, the Andes Mountains, and the Atacama Desert. Birdwatchers love opportunities to visit penguin colonies in the Lakes District and Patagonia. Here you can view penguins nesting and swimming. In Los Flamencos National Park, watch flamingos feast in the lagoons of the Atacama desert. Lastly, in the Andes Mountains, look out for hawks, owls, and eagles.

#5. Uruguay

owl in south americaYou would never have guessed it, but Uruguay is an up and coming destination for birding tours in South America. Near Montevideo, you can view species of hummingbirds, owls, spoonbills, and the ibis. In the forests and lagoons of the Maldonado Department, find flamingos congregating.

Birding Tours with SouthAmerica.travel

For more birdwatching in South America recommendations and tips, please contact one of our Expert Travel Consultants. They have a wealth of knowledge on the subject, and can easily create a wildlife and nature tour perfect for you.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Plan Your Trip to
Antarctica
the Amazon
Bolivia
Chile
Paraguay
Patagonia
Uruguay
Colombia
Peru
Ecuador
the Galápagos
Argentina
Brazil
Machu Picchu
Create Your Own Custom Tour

Click your preferences: Destinations & Activities. Be as specific or general as you like - or click Help Me Decide! We'll spice it with hidden gems & personal tips to create your perfect trip.

Choose Amazon destinations (optional)
Choose destinations (optional)
Choose Bolivia destinations (optional)
Choose Brazil destinations (opt)
Choose Chile destinations (opt)
Choose Colombia destinations (optional)
Choose Ecuador & Galapagos destinations (optional)
Choose Paraguay destinations (optional)
Choose Patagonia & Antarctica destinations (optional)
Choose Peru destinations (optional)
Choose Interests
Choose activities
What category of accommodation?

You can choose more than one!

When would you like to go?
for
How many travelers?
age groups
age groups
Review my trip summary
destinations

activities

accommodations

when

who

Highly recommended - Phone: We ❤️ to talk! A brief chat with your personal Travel Consultant helps us create your perfect trip!

">

Last updated on October 16th, 2020 at 03:02 pm

Hooray! Thanks for Sharing!

If you have an additional 30 seconds we’d love to learn more about you…

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Custom Form Blue Popup

  • Including accommodations, transportation and activities/tours.
  • One Moment Please

    We are matching your tour idea with the right Travel Consultant
    who will be in touch shortly.
    Thank you for your request!