This train line was completed in 1885 after 5 years of construction. It traverses the Atlantic rainforest of coastal Brazil as it descends
3,000 feet to sea level. With the development of highways and trucking it is no longer required to take grains to the port. Originally
the route extended for 380 miles but now of the original 5 stations there are only 3 active. The ones from Curitiba to the coast through
the rain forest with the spectacular views as it passes through 15 tunnels and over 30 tressels. It remains open as a major tourist
This family estancia is outside of Montevideo, Uruguay. Best BBQ ever. Working estate with cattle, sheep, fields
and some visitor revenue.
A large Magellanic Penguin colony on a small island near Punta Arenas Chile. The arrival of large numbers of gulls and skua
has biologists worried that the eggs and chicks may be in great risk.
This worlds largest rodent inhabits marsh areas in South America. They can top out at over 150 pounds.
Fernando de Noronha lies 200 miles off the coast of Brazil and is a National Park. It is a small island paradise with lovely beaches and
great diving and snorkeling. This footage is from my GoPro while snorkeling.
A beautiful secluded fjord with a tidewater glacier and a rare landing at Cape Horn.
A must visit if you are ever in the area. Fantastic scenery and hikes. We saw over 30 Andean Condors and many Guanacos during our one day there. Pumas are present but elusive.
This video covers a mangrove swamp in Trinidad as well as the Asa Wright nature center. I got a little carried away with the leaf cutter
ants. The Oil Birds are a very unique species of bird. They are nocturnal and are fruit eaters. it is a relatively large bird with a 3 foot wing
span and nests in caves and dark places. They echo locate with a high pitched 2kHz sound which is audible to humans. The chicks are
larger than the adults getting to around 1.3lbs. In the past the natives boiled the chicks down to collect the oil and hence the name.
One of the highlights of the entire trip for JoAnn and I was the sighting of the Tamandua (arboreal anteater) along a side channel of the
amazon. Watch all the South America videos now.
Kaieteur Falls is about 200 miles from the coast and transitions the Polaro river from the Guyana plateau down into the lowland forests.
It later joins up with Guyana's major river the Essequibo. With a single drop of 741feet and average flow of 23,400cfs it is considered to be the highest single drop waterfall in volume in the world. It is 4 times higher than Niagra and twice as high as Victoria
Peninsula Valdes is the primary calving site for the Southern Right Whale. Almost the entire peninsula is a park and whale watching is
carefully controlled in a small area of the southern gulf. The northern gulf is off limits to powered vessels and is only accessible with permission. The Magellanic Penguin colony is also on the north-eastern tip of the peninsula. Large numbers of elephant seals also
use this peninsula as a birthing and mating location. We had one day here with the Lindblad-National Geographic group.
A brief video showing the prison on Devil's Island made famous in the movie Papillon with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.