“There’s hope in the wilderness.” Many a time during our travels through South America we have found ourselves coming back to these words from Paul Theroux.
Whether snorkelling with a family of curious sealions off the Galapagos Islands, the world’s foremost wildlife destination, or trekking through the highlands of Brazil’s interior, among plants that could hold the cure to countless diseases – immersing yourself in the planet’s few remaining wilderness areas never fails to fill your soul with a sense of optimism.
Nowhere is this truer than in South America. A third of the world’s mega-diverse countries are found in this region along with five internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots (Europe has just one). This sheer variety of eco-systems, criss-crossing two hemispheres and four major climatic zones, has led to an unequalled display of nature’s extravagance, untarnished by over-development.
With more bird species than any other continent on earth, the region is a birdwatching mecca. Our experts will suggest the best lodges and match you to the right guides, whether you are a seasoned twitcher after a specific lifer or a first-time generalist about to catch the birding bug.
We know the heart-stopping magic of seeing a whale take a Herculean leap from the sea off the Peninsula Valdez. We have felt the thrill of tracking maned wolves in the Cerrado and pumas in Patagonia. And we have experienced the once in a lifetime privilege of walking with colonies of emperor penguins on the icy plains of Antarctica.
To bring you closer still, we work with guides, trackers and researchers who seem to bridge the divide between the human and the natural world. Our favourite Amazonian birding guides can mimic an astounding range of calls with uncanny precision and our Brazilian jaguar trackers can recognise the smell of a male jaguar marking his territory long before they see the animal.
We publish our own bird lists (and ask our guests to help us keep them up to date), and work with researchers and biologists to stay ahead of the curve and pioneer new areas for eco-tourism, whilst always aligning everything we do with the latest conservation principles.
Done right, wildlife travel is a force for good. Whether you want to gift your children – future ambassadors for conservation – an experience of following in Darwin’s footsteps aboard a private yacht in the Galapagos Islands, or embark on a hike through Ecuador’s cloud forests to catch a glimpse of the delicate puffleg hummingbird, we’ll design a wildlife holiday that is at once life-affirming, and essential to the preservation and celebration of the natural world.
We are winding down after our tour of Buenos Aires at the truly delightful Legado Mitico. Absolutely everything has been perfect and exceeded expectations and we are looking forward to La Bamba tomorrow. But we wanted to especially call to your attention and thank you for our guide in Iguaçu, Tadeu. This gentleman is a warm, knowledgeable and generous soul who totally captivated us and provided us with the experience of a lifetime. The falls took on a spiritual dimension under his guidance, not to mention good fun, smiles and laughter.
Spreading the word
Tom, we have had the most wonderful holiday, quite beautifully organised by you and beautifully looked after wherever we went. Thank you a million times. We will definitely be spreading the Dehouche name about, once back in Scotland!
A Peruvian expedition
I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip. The guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. Your local staff helped with any issues. All your suggestions were perfect.
I will definitely use you again and recommend you to my friends.
Thank you again.
Guides that became friends
Seeing as I was a solo traveller, both Veronica and Walter helped make my visits to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu memorable and I felt I was traveling with helpful friends rather than disinterested employees. My thanks to both of them for making my visit one that I will remember for a long time!
Full marks Inca Trail
In short, it was excellent. Your suggested itinerary, accommodations, restaurants, etc. were superb. Everything went as planned. We rate the parts of the trip you were responsible for as a 10/10. The guides on the Inca trail were excellent. They were professional, attentive and observant. We would love to travel with Holger and Ceasar again. The tents and food on the trail were excellent also.
Overall, a great experience and we will be telling friends and family about Dehouche's excellent planning and execution for the trip.