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  • Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal - 1 of 8

    Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal

    Not everyone headed to Brazil is thinking about the World Cup or the Olympics. Here are some highlights of a recent visit to two of the country's great outdoor lures: the Amazon and the Pantanal. Pictured here, a showpiece of ecotourism, the Juma Amazon Lodge's series of spacious cabanas are built on stilts with deep respect for natural resources and jungle wildlife.

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    Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal

    A Macaw, the first sight at the Juma Amazon Lodge.

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    Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal

    Hooking up with the chief of a local tribe, we got to spring animal traps with curare-tipped arrows and shoot lethal darts from a blowgun.

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    Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal

    The first big caiman had us grabbing our cameras -- 20 later and we were looking for anaconda.

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    Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal

    A girl from an indigenous tribe in the Amazon.

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    Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal

    A sunset in the Pantanal.

  • Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal - 7 of 8

    Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal

    The Araras Eco Lodge, converted from what was once a 25,000-acre cattle farm and typical of several pousadas we visited in the Pantanal, but the most charming and committed to conservation.

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    Brazil: the Amazon and the Pantanal

    At the Araras Eco Lodge, days are filled with activities like horseback riding through the marshes.

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