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.

PANTANAL AND IBERA WETLANDS - Mammals, Reptiles and Birds

 

The mighty Paraguay River starts just north of Brazil's Pantanal, and gains force as it slowly works south. When it hits the Paraguayan border it is already a major river, and gains in volume as it travels south traversing Paraguay to Asuncion. From there, it forms the border of Argentina and Paraguay down to its confluence with the Paraná River near Resistencia.

The Pantanal ecosystem follows the river's edge and in the Argentine portion becomes more accessible than in any other region outside Brazil. The 8,000 square miles of Ibera wetlands are found south of the Paraná River, this forms the southern border of Paraguay with Argentina. In both wetland systems, seasonally flooded grasslands, marshes, palm savannas and lakes host a number of mammals, reptiles and birds. We can see the Yacare Caiman, Marsh and Pampas Deer, Black-and-Gold Howler Monkeys and Bare-ear Marmosets, and occasionally the rare Maned Wolf and Giant Anteater.

Bird species include the rare and gaudy Black-hooded Parakeet, Blue-fronted Parrot, Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns, Chotoy Spinetail, rare, elusive and local flycatchers including the Streamer-tailed, Strange-tailed, Cock-tailed and Sharp-tailed Tyrants, Bearded Tachuri, Black-and-white Monjita, Blue-billed Black-tyrant and others. All three South American storks, the Jabiru, Wood and Maguari, can be seen.

This is also the best place to see several uncommon and very local seedeaters, including the Dark-throated, Marsh, Chestnut and more common Rusty-collared, Tawny and Capped Seedeaters. Icterid possibilities include Screaming Cowbird, Chestnut-capped, Unicolored, Scarlet-headed and Chopi Blackbirds along with the rare Saffron-cowled Blackbird.

Between the Pantanal north of Formosa and the Ibera south of Corrientes, one crosses a wetland/chaco transition zone, where you can pick up species such as the Great Rufous and Narrow-billed Woodcreepers, Purple-throated Euphonia, Spotted Northura, Greater Rhea and other species. We recommend five days split evenly between these two wetlands, and less if you've been to Brazil's Pantanal and want to spend more time in a different region.