The impenetrable animal refuge
This vast area of thorn and scrubland on the border of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia has remained little developed because of its brutal climate. In particular, the three million hectare Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco national park, the largest in Bolivia, is an impenetrable thicket that protects some of the continent's last remaining jaguars, pumas, maned wolves, and at least one indigenous tribe that has no contact with the outside world.
Getting close: Tourism in Gran Chaco national park is almost nonexistent, but Amboro Tours offers three- and four-day excursions into the outer edges of the park from £150
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