From the Florida Everglades (shown here) to Botswana's Okavango Delta, wetlands are some of the most wildlife-rich places on Earth. Intrepid eco-tourists come to these often-buggy, perpetually moist lands to see everything from rare species of wading birds to prehistoric-sized reptiles.
While they are a paradise for birders and adventure-seekers, many wetlands lack the infrastructure that would make them heavily visited eco-tourism destinations. Sure, there will always be a steady stream of thrill-seekers wanting to see crocodiles or snakes, but, for the most part, these ecosystems remain havens for nature lovers and dedicated bird-watchers.
While they might not be high on many people's to-visit lists, some wetland destinations are easily accessible via boardwalk trails and boat tours. Getting to other, more remote destinations simply requires hopping on a bush plane and maybe even paddling through swampland in a dugout canoe. The amount of bug repellent that needs to be applied and the odds of getting mud-filled boots vary from wetland to wetland, but nearly all of these places are quiet, undervisited and ideal for nature viewing.
Where are these wet and wild places? (Text: Josh Lew)