Uruguay wildlife is plentiful and diverse, a fact that can be directly attributed to the country’s geography and climate. Uruguay’s topography is gentle and fertile, mainly featuring rolling hills and networking rivers, and the climate is warm but largely gentle. It’s almost the perfect life-giving scenario, and plants and animals in Uruguay are consequently to be found in abundance. From birds in the sky to cattle on the land and fish in the sea (and rivers), a wildlife tour in Uruguay can just about offer it all.
When people think about Uruguay wildlife tours, their minds tend to skip immediately to the estancias (ranches) that tend to the country’s land. Many of these estancias are open to tourists, and for a monetary or labor fee, you can sleep in their buildings and eat their home-cooked food. You can also glimpse the effervescent wildlife that surrounds them, take a gentle ride on one of their horses, and find out about cattle rearing here. (Uruguay beef production—and consumption—is simply massive.)
Uruguayan estancias are particularly popular destinations for those wanting to do a bird-watching wildlife tour in Uruguay. Bird-watching opportunities in Uruguay are up there with any those anywhere else in South America, and the estancias duly cater for those with an eye for the avian species. The Estancia Tierra Santa, for example, offers its local knowledge in helping to point out the diverse array of birds that live nearby—stay here, and you may get the chance to gaze upon a Rufescent Tiger-Heron, an Eared Dove, and a Sharp-Shinned Dove, to name but a few among many, as the estancia claims at least 50 varieties live in the surrounding area.
Uruguay wildlife also covers the extensive animal life that exists in the rivers and seas that make the country such an inviting place to visit. The Rio de la Plata, for example, is home to the Golden Dorado. A brightly colored, large fish, the Dorado is known to react furiously when caught by fishermen, often biting through fishing lines in its attempts to break free. It’s consequently a prize catch for sport fishermen and thus a mainstay of almost any wildlife tour in Uruguay that centers on fishing.
Out in the sea, more fish abound, with tuna, salmon, hake, and bluefish all claiming the Atlantic Ocean as their home. Uruguayan beach resorts such as Cabo Polonio and La Paloma consequently cater for saltwater game fishing. They also cater for visitors who want to see one of the most memorable animals in Uruguay—the sea lion. Sea lions bask on the beaches of both places, providing some of the very best opportunities to watch animals in Uruguay.
Doing a wildlife tour in Uruguay is one of those vacations that you’ll find remains long in your memory. It’s also nice and easy to arrange:, and there are plenty of travel companies that offer vacation packages and all-inclusive tours around the country’s wildlife hotspots. Given their local knowledge and willingness to put in the hard hours of planning, they often prove the best way of going about a wildlife-focused vacation to Uruguay.