Northern Pantanal, Brazil

Situated south of the Amazon, the Pantanal is a vast expanse of seasonally flooded swampland (the word Pantanal translates loosely as “big swampy place”). Covering an area roughly half the size of France, it lies within the Upper Paraguay River Basin, extending across central western Brazil into Paraguay and Bolivia. It boasts one of the greatest concentrations of tropical wildlife in the Western Hemisphere, and is the best place on earth to see jaguar.