Wildlife of Peru and Bolivia

We spent 6-weeks traveling across South America last fall and traveled along a route with some very different terrain and climates. We traveled from coast to coast, from Lima (Peru) on the Pacific all the way to Montevideo (Uruguay) on the Atlantic. Along the way we crossed coastal deserts, the towering peaks of the Andes Mountains, the high plains of the Altiplano, and eventually arriving back at sea level 4 countries later in Argentina.

Some of the best wildlife we got to see was in Peru and Bolivia – in the Andes mountains and on the Altiplano. We wanted to showcase our best photos from this part of our trip in one place. We were lucky, we saw everything that we wanted to see; seals and penguins on the Ballestas Islands, Condors in Colca Canyon and Flamingos in southern Bolivia.

We absolutely loved our time in Peru and Bolivia and would definitely go back to explore more next time. There was so much we didn’t do that it would be a shame if we unable to finish the job. We made some ambitious plans and wanted to cover a lot of distance in a short time. But we made sure that we got to see some of the best wildlife in the region and are excited to share these photos with the world.

The things we saw along the way were amazing. From Lima, we traveled south through the Sechura Desert along the coast to Paracas and Huacachina before heading up into the mountains in Arequipa. From here we traveled into the Andes Mountains – visiting Cusco, hiking the Salkantay Trail and visited Machu Pichu – before heading into the Altiplano of Bolivia via Lake Titicaca. From La Paz, we traveled south through the Salar de Uyuni, across the Siloli Desert and finishing in the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna. We finished our trip on the Atlantic Ocean, leaving from Montevideo, Uruguay. It was an epic couple of weeks.

Without delay, here is our “best of” wildlife photography from our trip through Peru and Bolivia. We hope you enjoy.

Penguins:

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Penguins on the Ballestas Islands. 2017.

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Penguins on the Ballestas Islands. 2017.

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Penguins on the Ballestas Islands. 2017.

Condors:

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Condors at Colca Canyon. 2017.

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Condors at Colca Canyon. 2017.

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Condors at Colca Canyon. 2017.

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Condors at Colca Canyon. 2017.

Llama / Vicunas:

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Wild Vicunas in Peru, near Arequipa. 2017.

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A herd of Llamas. 2017.

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Wild Vicunas in southern Bolivia. 2017.

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Tourist Llama nearby the Colca Canyon. 2017.

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A laid-back Llama at the ruins of Machu Picchu. 2017.

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Wild Vicunas in Peru. 2017.

Flamingos:

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Flamingos in the Lagoons of Southern Bolivia. 2017.

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Flamingos in the Lagoons of Southern Bolivia. 2017.

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Flamingos in the Lagoons of Southern Bolivia. 2017.

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Flamingos in the Lagoons of Southern Bolivia. 2017.

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Flamingos in the Lagoons of Southern Bolivia. 2017.

Sea Lions:

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Sea-lion resting on the Rocks on the Ballestas Islands. 2017.

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CLimbing Sea-Lion on the Ballestas Islands. 2017.

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Kissing Sea-Lions. 2017.

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Sea-lion resting on the Rocks on the Ballestas Islands. 2017.

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Sea-lion resting on the Rocks on the Ballestas Islands. 2017.

Viscachas:

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Viscacha in Southern Bolivia. 2017.

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Viscacha in Southern Bolivia. 2017.

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Viscacha in Southern Bolivia. 2017.

Pelicans and other birds:

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Thousands of Birds on the Ballestas Islands. 2017.

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Pelicans on the boardwalk in Paracas. 2017.

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Bird on a red sand beach in the Paracas National Reserve. 2017.

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Three birds fighting over a scrap of food in Bolivia. 2017.

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A bird “surfing” seaweed in Paracas Harbour. 2017.

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Pelicans just outside of Paracas. 2017.

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An unknown bird in Bolivia, nearby one of the Lagoons south of Uyuni. 2017.

 

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