top of page


private tours

    in South America

I'm interested


Welcome to the Focus Tours Home Page!

We are not your normal nature tour company.  Our President and Founder, Douglas Trent, started Focus Tours in 1981 as Brazil’s first professional nature tour company.  With his life goals of getting people out of poverty and preserving nature, he saw this as a way to raise fund for projects to accomplish these goals.


From 1981 to 2013, Douglas guided tours nine months of each year, first in Brazil and then including Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and a few African countries.  With the success of the Jaguar Ecological Reserve community ecotourism program on the Transpantaneira (now sustaining over 50 local families) he was able to get corporate funding for larger programs, specifically the Pantanal Wildlife Program, Bichos do Pantanal, with funding from Petrobras.   With Forbes magazine recognizing Douglas as Brazil’s Birdman, he continues to guide bird watching and nature tours.


Today, Douglas guides all our tours, which are small group, high quality excursions in the Pantanal, the Amazon and other destinations on request.  We limit our tours to four participants in a boat, so all can sit in the front seats, and we carry a gas grill for remote lunches.  We include all meals and all drinks, with a sunset Happy Hour observed in stunning places.  We have access to remote areas in the Pantanal that we visit in a 4X4 double cab pickup and limit our tours to just 3 participants with Douglas driving and guiding.  We continue to operate tours for a number of foreign nature tour companies, and they set the group size. 


Check out the videos and other news coverage we have received as well as the interview with Douglas by Dr. Jon Coulis.  Get in touch with us if you want a high-quality nature tour in the areas we offer, and other places we used to visit regularly.

Our Tours

Photo and video gallery

Douglas Trent Interview

Dr. Jonathan Coulis of Emory University in Decatur, GA, interviews Focus Conservation Fund President Douglas Trent.  Emory is one of the world's leading research universities and Dr. Coulis leads a program to give voice to the unheard.

About Focus Tours

Focus Tours is a professional nature tour company that also works with local communities to get people out of poverty and preserve nature.  Much is done with tour profits and our sponsored partnerships with NGOs in the USA and Brazil.


Learn about our research and projects

Working with research, environmental education and social economic development, we can move into a more sustainable world.  See what we have done and can do!


Capa Livro - web.jpg
Capa Baseline PARA SITE.jpg
Capa Alto Pantanal - para site.jpg



Pantanal Wildlife


Travel Quest program on PBS

Douglas Trent - Forbes.jpg

Meet Brazil's Birdman

A one man gang. No foreigner knows Brazilian birds like this man.

Douglas Trent Continues to Promote Sustainability Throughout Brazil

The Rio Times

The American ecologist runs the oldest nature tour company in Brazil (founded in 1981), ... Focus Tours, alongside an NGO, ‘Focus Conservation Fund,’ ...

Living with the jaguar.jpg

Living with the Jaguar


Watch this great

adventure in the Pantanal 

Santafe - Finding Jaguars and more.jpg

Finding Jaguars and more in Brazil’s Pantanal

An informative article about the Pantanal Wildlife Program in the Santa Fe New Mexican press


Pantanal Wildlife


Web Series Estadão
(Brazil’s most respected

news paper)


Pantanal Wildlife


Web Series Bichos do Pantanal:
Giant River Otters
In Portuguese


Pantanal Wildlife


The incredible work on monitoring and identifying the Pantanal Wildlife
In Portuguese

Contact Us
bottom of page