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.

TIERRA DEL FUEGO - Land of Fire & Ice


The setting for the southernmost city in the Western Hemisphere, Ushuaia, is beautiful lakes, forests, mountains and the swift, frigid waters of the Beagle Channel. Isla Grande, the island shared by Chile and Argentina, hosts Ushuaia, and Tierra del Fuego is not part of the continuous South American continent. For this reason and even more so the climate due to its position at 55º S, the bird and mammal diversity is low. At the same time, much of what is there is rare and local. The dense forests are made up of only six tree species, including three Nothofagus species. Look for the rare Bicolored Hawk, White-throated Caracara, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, White-throated Treerunner, Black-chinned Siskin and three very scarce species: White-bellied Seedsnipe, Gray-flanked Cinclodes and Yellow-bridled Finch.

A day on a boat in the Beagle Channel may be more productive in producing mammals. While the land is relatively mammal poor, the sea here is rich. It is unrealistic to think we'll see most of the marine mammals that occur here, but we will certainly see several. Look for the Long-finned Pilot Whale, Risso's, Peale's, and Hourglass Dolphins, Southern Right Whale, Spotted, and Burmeister's porpoises, Southern Bottle-nosed Whale, Hector's Beaked Whale, Strap-toothed Mesoplodon, Goose-beaked, Sperm, Minke, Sei, Fin and Humpback Whales. We'll also keep our eyes out for a number of penguins, which stray up to here from Antarctica from time to time.

Look for King and Gentoo Penguins and possibly other species along with the regular Magellenic Penguins. Other coastal and ocean birds we expect are Black-browed Albatross, the local Magellenic Diving-Petrel, Southern Giant-Petrel, King and Rock Cormorants, Blue-eyed Shag, Kelp Goose, Chilean Skua, and the rare Striated Caracara.

We recommend 4 days in the Tierra del Fuego region, but those with a greater interest in marine mammals may want an extra day on the channel.