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.

Jaguar Tours

 

 

There are two best areas for seeing jaguars, both in Mato Grosso.  The Porto Jofre region is getting the most press and jaguar tourism, and is currently the easiest place to see jaguars.  One travels down the Transpantaneira, also rich in wildlife.  There are numeros locally owned lodges that we use, together with local guides we have trained, and have a variety of boats to search for these great cats on the Cuiaba and other rivers.

The other destination is Cáceres, the site of the Pantanal Widlife Program "Bichos do Pantanal" sponsored by Petrobras via their program Petrobras Socio-Ambiental.   From Caceres our guides can take you by boat to the Jaguar River Lodge.   This is in a rich region including the Taiamã Ecological Station. We spend the days looking for jaguars, giant river otters, primates, etc. south of the reserve, spending the nights in the Jaguar River Lodge.  On the last day we return to Cáceres by boat, and Cuiabá by road, to end the tour.

The Taiamã Ecological Station is part of Brazil’s federally protected areas, which include National Parks, Biological Reserves and Ecological Stations.  Instituto Chico Mendes (ICMBio) is the equivalent of the National Parks Department in other countries. 

Douglas Trent (Founder of Focus Tours), is an ecological scientist, and has been researching jaguars both north and south of the reserve since 2005.  With the 39 jaguars he have documented in a 200km stretch of river, this is the other the richest region for jaguars.  Males in the Amazon and forests of Central America need 75 sq. km each, with female using half of this.   So, having at least 39 on the river edge in 200km, is astounding! 

In 2008 ICMBio proposed a partnership to be able to use his research data to help increase the size of the reserve.  His is finding new jaguars on each tour, thus, traveling here with Focus Tours helps preserve the species as well. 

With the 39 individuals now documented, however, it is apparent that while all of these use this part of the Pantanal, they cannot possibly all be there all the time, and thus they are using other parts of the Pantanal as well.  With the Pantanal Wildlife Program, he is able to continue his research with monthly researh trips using the Bichos do Pantanal research houseboat. We invite you to visit this Program, and assist in the fauna surveys.

To book ar Jaguar Tour see the Tour Agenda for dates  or make and Inquiry