The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world, home to both the Amazon River that carves up the forest into a mosaic of jungle islands, and home to one-third of all species on the planet. It is the richest, yet most fragile, ecosystem on earth.
In the center of South America is the Pantanal, home to the world's largest wetland and some of the greatest gatherings of animals on the planet. This is a natural abundance, a wild frontier that humans have never tamed.
Venezuela is famous for its mighty river, The Orinoco, the rumored route to El Dorado—the legendary city of gold. The Orinoco's future is uncertain, but for now it still bonds some of Latin America's most spectacular natural wonders.
In the southernmost part of South America lies Patagonia, a place of vast ice fields and snow-capped mountains; of windswept deserts and violent oceans. Follow a year in Patagonia and sees animals survive in unlikely places.