Creatures on the Road in South America


13 countries, 9 years of road travel gave us plenty of opportunities to see wildlife. In the ocean, the forest and in wetlands (Pantanal). But also on the road. While there is way too much road kill, many do animals do make it to the other side of the road.

Others were totally unimpressed by our presence, lazing along the roadside as if we didn’t exist.  Cows very much have the tendency to do that, and in Brazil and Argentina – beef countries – there are zillions. In the Andes, on the other hand, you’ll have to watch out for sheep.

Tiny creatures clung onto our windscreen and other tiny ones – ants, cockroaches, and mosquitoes tried making a living in our vehicle. The latter we did not appreciate and didn’t photograph but they were an integral part of our journey on this continent.

As I was searching for a couple of images in our vast collection, I came across these. They made me smile so I decided to share them with you. It’s a simple random selection of creatures we come across during our hours on the road. For other posts on animal life we encountered throughout our journey, see the links below.

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The small ones

Travel Guides for Peru

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Insight Guides – Peru

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides – Peru

Lonely Planet Travel Guides – Peru

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Demanding a bit of distance

Tarantula in Xingue Parque, Brazil
Snake on the Transamazônica in Brazil

Travel Guides for the Amazon Region

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Unibanco Guides – Amazon Guide

Insight Guides – Brazil

Bradt Travel Guides – Amazon Highlights: Peru · Ecuador · Colombia

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Cows & Cattle Drives

Tropeiros on the Transamazônica
Cows in the Rupununi Savannah of Guyana
Cows in Vale das Cachoeiras, Brazil
Cows in Meeten Meerzorg, Guyana
Lonesome Cow in the Pantanal, Brazil

Travel Guides for Chile

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Insight Guides – Chile

Fodor’s – Chile Highlights

Bradt Travel Guides – Chile: The Carretera Austral

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Sheep on the Road

Sheep on the Carretera Austral, Chile
Sheep in Kolque Koga, Bolivia
Sheep on Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Travel Guides for South America

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Lonely Planet Travel Guides – South America

Rough Guides – South America on a budget

Footprint Handbooks – South American Handbook

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Birds in South America

Recommended Books on Overlanding

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Dont’ go There, You’ll Die – Overland Mexico & US

The Road Chose Me 1, Americas – Dan Grec

The Longest Line on the Map, the Americas

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What Else?

Guanacos in Monte Leon National Park, Argentina
Sheep in South Bolivia

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