Brazil is very different in language, customs, culture, and environments from the rest of South America. First, experience the Pantanal, which is considered to be the world's largest ecological reservation. It is by far the best wildlife viewing for the casual wildlife observer and the avid birder alike. Next, in Rio de Janeiro you will plunge into the cultural experience of its beaches, vistas, and surprising natural environments along with the cuisine, music, dance, and culture that reflect its Afro-Portuguese-European melting pot heritage. Finally, continue to Iguazu Falls, a series of awe-inspiring waterfalls in the middle of a lush rain forest, formed 150 million years ago.