Cuiaba
Credit: Editora Peixes / Embratur

Yet another Brazilian city with a soccer stadium built just for World Cup, this gold-mining town is just a few miles from UNESCO World Heritage site Chapada dos Guimarães National Park (a park with striking canyons and rock formations) and is considered the gateway to some of South America’s most spectacular wildlife viewing regions. World Cup falls during the prime months for visiting the Pantanal, a vast expanse of wetlands similar to the Florida Everglades that's home to many of the same birds and animals you'd find in the Amazon. The major advantage? The Pantanal's light vegetation makes actually seeing animals far more likely.