New four part documentary series Walking The Americas sees explorer Levison Wood – from Walking the Nile and Walking the Himalayas – undertake a new expedition: to walk from Mexico to Colombia.
His four-month journey covers 1800 gruelling miles across eight countries and some of the most fascinating, stunningly beautiful and diverse regions on Earth, from the ancient Mayan ruins of Mexico and Guatemala, across Nicaragua’s volcanic fields and along Caribbean coasts before crossing the notorious Darién Gap. Levison spends time with the people in the region, from those struggling with gang warfare in its most violent cities to indigenous tribes in the deep jungle.
Lev films much of his expedition himself, capturing extraordinary, intimate moments rarely seen on screen and delivering television’s rawest and most authentic travel series. Levison starts his journey where the Spanish Conquistadors first landed in Central America – on the northern shores of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula – before reuniting with his old friend Alberto who will walk the whole expedition with him. They explore Mexico’s ancient Mayan civilisation, including diving deep into a sinkhole where the remains of sacrificed humans have lain for hundreds of years and climbing an unnamed pyramid engulfed by the jungle.
Avoiding escaped convicts and poisonous trees, Levison and Alberto reach the hurricane-wracked island of San Pedro in Belize. From there they head inland into the jungles where Levison trained as a soldier, before crossing into Guatemala and the lawless wilderness known as El Petén, through which much of America’s cocaine is trafficked.
Series Producer and Director: Jamie Berry
Executive Producers: Jos Cushing, Melanie Darlaston
Production Company: October Films and GroupM Entertainment
Walking The Americas Episode 1 (of 4) airs Sunday 8 January 2017 from 8.00pm-9.00pm on Channel 4