Nature lovers who want to explore an area similar to the Amazon but avoid the crowds will rejoice in Brazil’s Pantanal, the largest wetland area on the planet. This astounding region covers more than 42 million acres across Brazil and neighboring Bolivia and Paragua and is one of the main reservoirs of biodiversity in the world! During the rainy season, the Pantanal transforms into a water-filled world only accessible by airplane or boat. During the dry season, as many as three jaguars can be spotted per day along the Cuiabá River. Other creatures like the alligator, hyacinth macaw, and giant anteater can be seen with a discerning eye and a little luck. Family-friendly activities like kayaking, fishing, and horseback riding are all available to round out time in this iconic part of Brazil.