Focus on Brazil


Brazil is a vast country with several distinctly different biomes. Discover them all with Focus Tours: Brazil

Focus on Argentina

The 8th largest country in the world, Argentina offers a wealth of experiences. From the subtropical rain forests of Iguazú Falls to the high Andes. Discover more with Focus Tours: Argentina 

Focus on Bolivia

Bolivia, nestled between Brazil, Peru, Chile and Paraguay, is the poorest and least developed country in South America, but also biologically and culturally the richest, safest and friendliest. Discover more with Focus Tours: Bolivia

Focus on Chile

Chile is the only truly temperate country in the Neotropics, and occupies more degrees of latitude than any other nation worldwide. Perhaps it is not surprising that Chile offers several extremes of the natural world. Discover more with Focus Tours: Chile

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Jaguar Tours

The northern Pantanal is the richest area in the world for spotting Jaguars in the wild and, our naturalist guides are some of the best. Together with our boatmen we can take you into the best areas for jaguars and many other creatures. Read more about Jaguar Tours.

Bird Watching Tours

Douglas Trent is a scientist, bird watcher and wildlife photographer and his be operating Bird Watcing Tours for around two decades now. The tour possibilities in South America are many. Read more about Bird Watching Tours.

Wildlife Photography Tours

Douglas Trent is a wildlife photographer and guides groups of professional, or enthusiastc amateur, photographers and film crews on focused wildlife tours. Read more about Wildlife Photography Tours 

Funding Conservation

 

A percentage of our profits has been funding in-country conservation projects since 1981. They directly benefit the local communities we visit and, when possible, are self-sustable, generating benefits long after our initial donation. Your visit will benefit you, the environment and your hosts.

IGUAZÚ FALLS: Rain Forests, Wildlife & Spectacular Waterfalls

 

Perhaps the largest remaining area of Atlantic forest, which mainly occurs in Brazil, is inland at Iguazú Falls. The national parks on the Brazilian (Iguaçu) and Argentine (Iguazú) sides of the mighty Iguazú River and falls total over 550,000 acres of sub-tropical rainforest. With the added year-round humidity created by the crashing water at the falls, the forests are especially rich in vegetation and the accompanying fauna.

The impressive series of falls rank as one of the most spectacular settings on the continent. Thousands of people come here each year to see the spectacular falls, yet the national parks on both sides remain almost undiscovered as a wildlife viewing destination. Their luxurious sub-tropical rain forests constitute one of South America's finest areas for seeing mammals such as Little and Red Brocket Deer, South American Coati, White-eared Opossum, and a sub-species of the Brown Capuchin. Also occurring but harder to see are Jaguar, Ocelot, Jaguarundi, Puma, Margay, White-lipped Peccary, Bush Dog and Southern River Otter. The endangered Tegu Lizard is common, and the number of butterflies one can see is astounding.

The two parks are a top bird watching destination as well. Fortunately, and unfortunately, both the Argentine and Brazilian parks have finally established mass transit systems to control car traffic in the two parks. At the sime time however, they greatly restricted access into the parks before 800am, and cut visitation to regions not on the normal visitor routes. This has greatly hurt our ability to offer you birding tours here, but it is still worthwhile for birds seen outside of the park, and around the falls.

Whether Iguazú Falls is your main destination or just part of a larger tour, it will certainly be a favorite, and shouldn't be missed! Two full days are recommended.

Perhaps the largest remaining area of Atlantic forest, which mainly occurs in Brazil, is inland at Iguazú Falls. The national parks on the Brazilian (Iguaçu) and Argentine (Iguazú) sides of the mighty Iguazú River and falls total over 550,000 acres of sub-tropical rainforest. With the added year-round humidity created by the crashing water at the falls, the forests are especially rich in vegetation and the accompanying fauna.

The impressive series of falls rank as one of the most spectacular settings on the continent. Thousands of people come here each year to see the spectacular falls, yet the national parks on both sides remain almost undiscovered as a wildlife viewing destination. Their luxurious sub-tropical rain forests constitute one of South America's finest areas for seeing mammals such as Little and Red Brocket Deer, South American Coati, White-eared Opossum, and a sub-species of the Brown Capuchin. Also occurring but harder to see are Jaguar, Ocelot, Jaguarundi, Puma, Margay, White-lipped Peccary, Bush Dog and Southern River Otter. The endangered Tegu Lizard is common, and the number of butterflies one can see is astounding.

The two parks are a top bird watching destination as well. Fortunately, and unfortunately, both the Argentine and Brazilian parks have finally established mass transit systems to control car traffic in the two parks. At the sime time however, they greatly restricted access into the parks before 800am, and cut visitation to regions not on the normal visitor routes. This has greatly hurt our ability to offer you birding tours here, but it is still worthwhile for birds seen outside of the park, and around the falls.

Whether Iguazú Falls is your main destination or just part of a larger tour, it will certainly be a favorite, and shouldn't be missed! Two full days are recommended.