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.

Have fun.

The small ones

Demanding a bit of distance

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


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


Sheep on the Carretera Austral, Chile

Sheep in Kolque Koga, Bolivia
Sheep on Tierra del Fuego, Argentina



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

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