Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris
About the Region
Walk lush Amazonian rainforests, traverse high Andean peaks, dig into ancient Inca civilizations, sail and snorkel isolated offshore islands, and gaze at Patagonian glaciers - do it all on our many South American safaris. Spanning both sides of the equator and containing the world’s longest mountain chain, and largest river and wetland, South America boasts of having the greatest number of species of birds and mammals of all the continents. Join us in exploring this continent of unbelievable richness.
Our quest is to seek South America’s “Big Five” – Jaguar, Giant Anteater, Giant Otter, Ocelot, and South American Tapir. We travel to both the north and south Pantanal regions where marshes, lakes, and streams provide diverse ecosystems that foster superb wildlife encounters. Travel down the famous “Transpantaneira Highway” to Porto Jofre where day tours on the Cuibá River afford numerous opportunities to see Jaguars, Giant Otters, and others not easily seen by land. While in the southern Pantanal, stay at Caiman Lodge, a top wildlife destination in Brazil, and also a sure bet for Giant Anteaters and Ocelots. We also find a plethora of beautiful birds, such as the Hyacinth Macaw, to photograph and enjoy. The Pantanal Conservation Complex is a UNESCO world heritage site and biosphere reserve of spectacular beauty.
The Galapagos Islands are truly magical and known for their extraordinary wildlife unafraid of tourists. Imagine a special expedition that caters to the pace of nature lovers and photographers, as you follow an incredible itinerary that offers maximum time in the field to one of the world's most intriguing natural history destinations. You'll find all this traveling with the best resident natural-history guides in the Galapagos islands and a fantastic crew and captain among endemic landbirds, breeding boobies, albatross, penguins, sea turtles, sharks and much, much more! We offer a 15-day voyage aboard the Samba catering to those that demand maximum time in the field for great photography from dawn to dusk – the most in-depth Galapagos tour you will find!
Patagonia - Chile and Argentina
Shared by Chile and Argentina, the region of Patagonia covers the southernmost end of South America. It is an area of diverse landscapes and habitats–towering Andes Mountains, sparse desserts, wide-open grassland steppe, and unique forests. The glacier-covered Andes form a tall spine that separates the wet west in Chile from the dry east in Argentina. Many islands are found along the coast, including the famous Tierra del Fuego archipelago separated from the continent by the Straits of Magellan. Visit some of the largest and most picturesque parks in the Southern Hemisphere here–Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Diverse wildlife call Patagonia home–Andean Condor, Lesser Rhea, Puma, Guanaco, Huemul, South American Gray Fox, and even King and Magellanic Penguins. You too will fall in love with this beautiful region.
Upcoming Trips to South America
Pantanal’s Big Five
August 5 to 22, 2023
Explore the Pantanal to seek South America’s “Big Five” – jaguar, giant anteater, giant otter, ocelot, and South American tapir.
Avian Jewels of the Choco Region
February 11 to 18, 2024
Encounter the most bird-diverse locale on the planet known locally as a branch of heaven.
Easter Island, Chile, and Argentina
Island to Andes
February 11 to March 1, 2023
Join us on an exciting South American journey to Easter Island, through central Chile, and across Argentina’s rustic wine country.
May 6 to 24, 2023
Sail on the most in-depth itinerary possible around the Galapagos Islands, famous for charismatic wildlife.