We are beginning to explore the possibility of coming to South America. We really want to see the jungle and wildlife. So far I have done some reading about the Amazon jungle in Brazil, Peru and Equador. Although my husband really wants to see the Amazon River, the Pantanal looks more like the kind of adventure we are looking for. We would love any suggestions especially if we are looking over better possibilities. We are prepared for rustic accomodations and even some camping. We also would like information on the best way to reach Brazil's Amazon or Pantanal from the US. I know we could fly into Rio, but would we better off flying into a neighboring country and getting a small flight to the Amazon or Pantanl?