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South America

From trekking to Machu Picchu to diving with sea turtles in the Gálapagos Islands, South America is home to endless adventure.



  • Nature Reserves on the Río Yavarí View from the lookout tower at the Reserva Natural Palmari. Photo © Andrew Dier.The Río Yavarí is in an unspoiled, isolated part of the Amazon basin and is home to two excellent private natural reserves where you will be immersed in the jungle through all manner of activities. Spend at least three days or up to a week at one of the Yavarí nature reserves (they are both ...


  • 5 Reasons to Add Patagonia to Your Bucket List Magellanic penguin at sunrise at Punta Tombo ArgentinaIn Patagonia, the imagination runs as wild as the wildlife. You probably didn’t need another reason to experience the endless diversity of its landscapes, but here are our top five to make sure this destination makes it onto your bucket list.


  • Volunteer with Merazonia in Ecuador Volunteers will usually find monkeys, kinkajous, felines, other mammals, macaws, and parrots at Merazonia.Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation center for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals. Volunteers work with animals under strict guidelines and help maintain the grounds and enclosures. Learn more about the work, its requirements, and how to apply.


  • Volunteer with Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru Macaws enjoying the clay lick at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru.The Tambopata Macaw Project (TMP) is a long-term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru. Short-term volunteers (12-30 days) are trained to identify all the local parrots by sight and become experts at clay lick monitoring and macaw nest observation with video camera systems.