Image: Nori Almeida
5. The Pantanal, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia
The Pantanal is one of the largest wetlands on earth – if not the largest of all – and is surely also one of the most beautiful. Most of it lies in Brazil but there are portions of it in Paraguay and Bolivia as well. It is estimated to be between 140,000 and 195,000 square kilometers in size, with 80% of this submerged during the rainy season. The area is so vast that it contains a number of regional ecosystems. As well as presenting stunning vistas, it is home to more than 10,000 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and invertebrates, as well as thousands more plant species.