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.

Tour Details for Chile

 

TOUR LEADERS

The tour leaders for our tours in Chile include:

Eduardo Falcão 

Eduardo is a Pantaneiro, born and raised at the Jaguar Ecological Reserve. Our non-profit arm, the Focus Conservation Fund, trained Eduardo and he has successfully guided several tours over the last two years, and developed a loyal following. He speaks conversational English and is improving all the time. Eduardo knows the birds and mammals in the Pantanal. He has a great sense of humor and is delightful to travel with. He lives at the Jaguar Ecological Reserve with his wife Juscineide, daughter Eduarda and son Joao Paulo.

Fabricio Dorelio 

Fabricio is also a Pantaneiro. Also trained by our non-profit arm, the Focus Conservation Fund, supplied and continues to support and train him. Fabricio knows the majority of birds and mammals in the Pantanal. He has the same spotting telescope, tape recording equipment, bird and mammal books and spotlights that all our naturalist guides use. His youthful enthusiasm and professional manner has already made him a popular guide. Fabricio lives at the Jaguar Ecological Reserve when he is not guiding in Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais states.

Douglas Trent

Douglas is an American who lived in Brazil for 10 of the 24 years that he has been guiding birding and general nature tours in South America. He holds a degree in Ecology from the University of Kansas. His keen ear and impressive knowledge of both birds and mammals have earned him a reputation as one of the top naturalist guides working in this part of the world. His affection for the natural world, combined with his impressive knowledge of conservation issues, have led him to be active in a number of efforts to save the areas he knows and loves. Douglas is a leader in ecotourism, and a regular speaker at international tourism and environmental congresses. He wrote the "Tropical Forest" chapter of the 1991 Mother Earth Handbook and the "American Forest" chapter of the 1999 book The Piracy of America. His paper "Making Ecotourism an Ally in Biodiversity Protection" was published in the Yale Bulletin. Douglas is the founder of the Focus Conservation Fund, a tax-exempt non-profit organization, and CECD -- Community Ecotourism Consulting & Development Inc. He is a conservation consultant, working in several countries, and speaks fluent English, Portuguese and conversational Spanish. Doug travels much of the year, and has a residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Brazil. 

TOUR DATES

The tours described herein can be operated any time of the year. If we don't have a tour scheduled for the time you want to travel, we'll happily schedule a tour. This tour can then be opened to others, or, for a small supplement, kept private for your group or family. For private groups with 10 participants or more, there is no private tour supplement.

GROUP SIZE

Varies with the specific tour, however most tours we operate have between 6 and 8 participants. Contact us for details.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tour accommodations vary from simple to luxury hotels. Nearly all accommodations have private bath with hot water showers. Each detailed tour itinerary provides information about the specific accommodations for that tour. Tours usually stay in the best accommodations available, except in large cities where nice hotels are available without paying five star prices.

TOUR DOCUMENTS

Chile does not require a visa for Americans nor many other nationalities. Please contact your nearest Chilean consulate or us for more information.