Photo gallery: Wildlife & lands of Latin America

Immerse yourself in the intoxicating nature and culture of Latin America, from the snow-capped Andean peaks to the steaming tropical forests

These photos were taken by Bethan John of Wildlands Creative while on a reporting expedition, working alongside conservationists in the field as a multimedia journalist.

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A flamingo in reflection at the world’s biggest salt flats, the surreal Salar de Uyuni of Bolivia | Image © Bethan John


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Large herds of noisy sea lions sprawl on the rocks of Islas Ballestas, basking in the Peruvian sunshine among the thriving marine life | Image © Bethan John


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Two women in ornate indigenous dress sit chatting on the pavement in a remote, rural town on the edge of Colca Canyon in southern Peru | Image © Bethan John


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The ear piercing screech of these charming lama-like guanacos drift across the vast, imposing landscape of Patagonia | Image © Bethan John


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Conservationists on Margarita Island, Venezuela, helped a fishing community turn their land into a nature reserve to save it from destruction by mining | Image © Bethan John


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A thriving nature reserve, on the edge of Ecuador’s tourist town of Baños, where species new to science are regularly discovered | Image © Bethan John


Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Central Mexico © Bethan John

Looking out over the mountains of Sierra Gorda, central Mexico, where a grassroots movement saved these forests from unregulated development | Image © Bethan John


REGUA wetlands

This used to be farmland, devoid of richness and life, before a family decided to replant the rainforest to recreate a thriving wildlife haven | Image © Bethan John


When will they notice that she’s not one of them? Hanging out in Andean mountains near the infamous Inca city of Machu Picchu | Image © Bethan John


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A rural, mountain town in the Sierra Gorda, central Mexico, celebrates Day of the Dead — Dia de los Muertos | Image © Bethan John


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These pretty faced Vicuñas that were roaming in western Bolivia are thought to be the wild ancestor of the alpaca | Image © Bethan John


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A dramatic backdrop, where azul and red lakes nestle below snow-capped mountains of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia | Image © Bethan John


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An elderly indigenous woman rounds up sheep on Isla del Sol, a small rural island on Lake Titicaca that straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia | Image © Bethan John


 A male blue-tailed emerald (Chlorostilbon mellisugus) hummingbird on Margarita Island, Venezuela © Bethan John

A male blue-tailed emerald (Chlorostilbon mellisugus) hummingbird sucking nectar on Margarita Island, Venezuela | Image © Bethan John


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An indigenous woman waits patiently as sunshine warms the fresh morning air on Isla del Sol, a small rural island on Lake Titicaca | Image © Bethan John


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Flocks of pink flamingos land in the salt lakes to set the surreal scene of Salar de Uyuni, in western Bolivia | Image © Bethan John


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A single cow stands in stark contrast against the azul of Laguna 69, a beautiful high alpine lake nestled at the base of Pisco peak in Peru | Image © Bethan John


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The awesome Andean condor soars over Peru’s Colca Canyon – one of the deepest in the world – and a popular destination to see condors up-close | Image © Bethan John


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A wildlife ranger travels through the Nagaritza valley in the Amazon rainforest of southern Ecuador, where a new road threatens the nature and culture of the region | Image © Bethan John


Margarita Island, Venezuela

Wildlife ranger Pablo walks into the dry forest of Margarita Island, Venezuela, where he risks his life to save the endangered Yellow-shouldered parrot | Image © Bethan John

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