Explore Primitive Brazil
After the 2014 World Cup tourist invasion, it’s hard to believe there is anything left untouched in Brazil. But the Javari Reserve is a little-ventured destination on the border of Brazil and Peru. As few as eight and as many as 14 uncontacted tribes call the 32,990 square mile swath of jungle home. Add Amazon-specific species like the pink river dolphin to the list of sights, and Javari Valley is the perfect destination for anthropology-enthralled travelers. The Brazilian and Peruvian governments strictly manage visitors to the reserve, and getting into the depths of the Amazon can be difficult. Your best bet is to fly into Manaus, Brazil and book a deep-jungle excursion with an eco-lodge like the Juma Amazon Resort (a three-hour journey from Manaus). Once there, you’re offered activities such as seeing the “meeting of the waters” — where the muddy waters of the Solimões River run along the black water of the Negro River without mixing, visiting local inhabitants to learn about traditional medicine practices, and piranha fishing on the Amazon.