Caiman Ecological Refuge Lodge, Pantanal, Brazil

Best for: Jaguar Encounters.

The Pantanal—the world's largest wetlands, in southern Brazil—reels in avid wildlife watchers. It also happens to be the heart of Brazil's cattle country. Balancing responsible ranching with conservation, the Caiman Lodge has earned accolades for keeping rare species like the jaguar and the hyacinth macaw alive. Skilled naturalists lead expeditions to flooded marshes and lakes, while guests bunk in two luxe sustainable lodges featuring private decks with a pool and hammocks, solar-thermal-heated showers, and waterfront balconies from which to spy passing capybaras. From $523 per person; caiman.com.br

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