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Nature Watching
In The Amazon

Details Of Nature Watching Opportunities With Escorted Amazon Holidays.


The Amazon region is amazingly rich in every aspect of wildlife including:-

  • Insects
  • Plants
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Fish
  • Butterflies

Travelling by river, be it by long boat or fast canoe brings us close up to the edge of the Amazon rain forest, providing wonderful opportunities to spot and photograph exotic birds, and other wildlife. Gently drifting downstream in the early morning to greet the rising sun or later as the sun sets with the striking sounds of the calling of birds, monkeys and other animals of the forest

Plus the occasional glimpse of a Pink River Dolphin, this really is an experience of a tropical paradise not to be missed.

Amazon Pink River Dolphins

There are two types of Amazon river dolphin that you will encounter in this part of the Amazon. The famous Amazon Pink River Dolphins and the Grey River Dolphins.

Amazon Pink River Dolphins are born grey but change colour to pink as they get older, individuals that are completely pink are mature adults.

Amazon Pink River Dolphins can be seen during most boat trips on the Amazon. Although relatively common they are quite shy but are similar to their marine relatives in that they are very curious and can usually be lured close to the boat through a combination of being very quiet and making an eerie whistle.

You can see some pictures and information on Amazon Pink and Grey River Dolphins here.

Amazon River Otters

Giant river otters (Lobo Del Rio) are found across the Amazon, they are just like other otter species, generally very shy of humans. In remote locations such as the Irirri river In Brazil, the high Nanay near Iquitos and various rivers near to Leticia they are much more likely to be encountered during the day.

Alternatively a visit to the giant Pacaya Samiria reserve in Peru or Tarapoto lakes near Leticia is much more likely to yield results.

They are lively and adorable creatures, to see them feeding and playing in the wild is well worth the effort of seeking them out.

Amazon Macaws and Parrots

The sight of a group of Amazon macaws elegantly gliding in formation overhead is truly magnificent. Blue and Gold, Scarlet, Military...... whatever the variety, the sight of Amazon Macaws in the wild occupies a special place in the heart of most people.

Amazon parrots and parakeets are very common across the whole of the Amazon Rain forest. The sight and sound of up to 30000 parakeets flying in to roost every evening in the main square in Leticia is really something to behold.

Many other types of parrot such as blue fronted amazon parrot can be seen as you travel along the roads and rivers. Amazon Macaws are not generally found near the big towns but are very common in remoter locations such as the Irriri river where scarlet Macaws abound. Leticia also has some Scarlet Macaws nearby.

Monkeys of the Amazon

In the forests of the Amazon are found more species of primates than anywhere on Earth. They are all strictly arboreal (tree-dwelling) and don't voluntarily come to ground.

Species present:-

  • Woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagothrica).
  • Monk Saki (Pithecia monachus)
  • Saddleback Tamarin,
  • Squirrel (Saimiri sciureus) & Capuchin monkeys (Cebus albifrons),
  • Pygmy Marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea).


Monkeys are usually heard first, then the race is on to see who in the group can spot them first. Field glasses or binoculars can be an advantage as they are often high up in the canopy, but at some locations they have become more used to human contact and come down to feed particularly in the mornings or late afternoons.

Amazon Jaguars and big cats

Six species of Amazon wild cat are present in the amazon region, all are highly elusive, mostly nocturnal and very difficult to observe in the wild. Jaguar (Panthera Onca) is the ultimate Amazon predator ­ top of the food chain and among the largest living cats. The Ocelot (Felis pardalis) is the most common rain forest cat

Amazon Manatees

The Amazon Manatee (Trichechus inunguis) is the largest mammal in Amazonia, weighing up to 500kgs. It is entirely aquatic yet feeds only on plants such as water hyacinth and water lettuce. It propels itself by moving its tail up and down. It is a powerful swimmer.

The Amazonian manatee is very rare ­ an endangered species.

Other Amazon Mammals

  • The Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)
  • Sloths
  • Armadillos
  • Peccaries
  • Tapirs
  • Tree frogs
  • Poison arrow frogs

Our guides often encounter and show them to groups on forest walks.

Amazon Butterflies


Amazon Butterflies are profuse with many varieties on frequent show including the highly coloured and delicate:-

  • Longwings and other Heliconids
  • Swallowtails (papilios)
  • Peirids
  • Caligos (owl butterflies)
  • and many others

These and the famous Blue Morphos can be seen at our Butterfly lodge in the forest near Leticia where forest and riverine species abound. On our butterfly safaris we also go in search of the spectacular nocturnal butterflies and moths.
Many more fabulously colourful butterflies can be seen in their natrual surroundings at Pilpintuwasi. Including the beautiful Amazon Mariposas butterflies.

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