About us

About us

Southwild is the first wildlife company to be owned and operated by a world-class field biologist.

Over the past 30 years Dr. Charles Munn has created most of the major new wildlife destinations in South America.

The formula for creating unique wildlife adventures is simple but incredibly difficult:


Dr. Charles Munn is a field biologist who in 1984 earned a PhD at Princeton in evolution and ecology.

From 1984 to 2000, Charlie researched in the Amazon for the New York Zoological Society. His specialties were the biology of macaws and Giant Otters and the creation of new parks. From 1980 to 2000, Charlie led teams that created 15 million acres of Amazonian protected areas, an area that is equivalent in size to all the national parks of the western USA (or 15% the size of California). Burning of rainforests releases 20% of all carbon emitted into the atmosphere per year, and creating new national parks help slow deforestation, which helps slow climate change.

To help slow carbon release, in 2010, Charlie founded SouthWild, a South American travel company that has cracked the code on how to guarantee close-up viewing of Jaguars, Mountain Lions, Harpy Eagles and other top predators. The first person ever to offer a “Jaguar Guarantee”, Munn’s pioneering work in showcasing that 350-pound cat has led to the creation of 1,000 conservation-based jobs in one small corner of the Pantanal of Brazil. Each of the 50 habituated Jaguars there now is worth $1 mm per year to the country of Brazil.

Munn discovered a new parrot species for science, went undercover in South America to break up macaw-smuggling rings, and has been featured in two cover stories in National Geographic and in Emmy-award-winning TV documentaries. In 1994, TIME Magazine named Charlie “one of the planet’s 100 young leaders for the new millennium”, a list that also included Bill Gates and Condoleezza Rice.

Mariana Valqui is a Peruvian-German dual national who in 1995 earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.

She then immediately co-founded Peru Verde, one of the most important wildlife conservation organizations in Latin America. Mariana led Peru Verde in its purchase of 13,000 acres of critical cloud forest on the road next to Manu National Park and at Sandoval Lake in Tambopata National Reserve. Protection of these lands is paid for by ecotourism lodges built and operated by Peru Verde’s business units. These lodges represent the most extensive system of conservation tourism lodges in Latin America.

Additionally, Mariana was the driving force that led to the creation in 1997 of the Conservation Group for Flamingos of the High Andes (GCFA), which consists of a network of field scientists who monitor the conservation of the three spectacular flamingo species that are confined to Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

Decades of simultaneous censuses carried out by GCFA in the South-Central Andes has produced the first global population counts for the globally-threatened Andean and James Flamingos. GCFA also is promoting legislation to create conservation units in key breeding locations of these endangered flamingos.

In 2010, Mariana co-founded SouthWild to help expand the notable successes of Peru Verde in adding value to wildlife and wilderness in South America.


Everything depends on the skill and dedication of the SouthWild. Every day and around the clock, they make sure that new and regular clients get to see and photograph the world’s greatest animals, up close and in safety and comfort.

The Guides

The cornerstone of SouthWild’s success is the amazing guide team. African guides are known for their personalities. Our guides are fun too, but above all they are great trackers. South America does not reveal its treasures easily. It is Greta Garbo to Africa’s Mae West.

Our expert guides enthusiastically undergo rigorous training about habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects, in order provide our guests with an incomparable wildlife experience.

The guides are equipped with the most advanced communications and scoping equipment to ensure that daily discoveries are quickly available to all our guests.

Everything depends on the skill and dedication of the SouthWild. Every day and around the clock, they make sure that new and regular clients get to see and photograph the world’s greatest animals, up close and in safety and comfort.

Come travel with us

Brazil Destinations

Jaguar Tour, Pantanal

Ocelot Guaranteed

Harpyland, South Amazon

Xingu Indian Expedition

Maned Wolf Guaranteed

Iguassu Falls & Wildlife

Xingu Indian Expedition