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USA: Luxury Camping Cars | 60 mins
Forget cramped caravans, these luxury camping cars are more like palaces on wheels. Terri and Richard’s is the size of a bus, complete with made-to-measure marble kitchens and bathroom, extendable surfaces and heated toilet seats. It cost over $2 million but enables them to escape the heat of Florida every summer for Michigan. They’re what’s known as ’snowbirds’, spending seasons living in other states.
Colombia: The Intrepid of the Andes | 60 mins
In the middle of the vast tropical plains of Llanos, Carlos must travel hundreds of miles of track to deliver the gas that is used to drive the communications centre of a forgotten town. In the Andes people have learned to manage by themselves, in the shadow of guerrilla warfare. To get from one mountain to another, the quickest way is often to take to the air… Hanging from cables more than 100 metres long, the locals overcome their fear… both the speed and the height makes one dizzy and stopping depends on a lump of wood! Setting out on chaotic tracks, the Colombians face the challenges and difficulties with a smile, like true cowboys of the road.
Brazil: Dust & Fire | 60 mins
In this acclaimed series, we journey on some of the world’s most dangerous routes and explore the lengths people go to in order to change their destinies.
Far from the Amazon Rainforest and the skyscrapers of Rio, the Northeast Region and the state of Tocantins are radically different from the rest of Brazil… Together, they make up an area three times the size of France. They are both divided into numerous regions, each with its own geography.
Ivory Coast: Gold & Cocoa For A Few Nuggets | 60 mins
Titles to glory, with medals made of chocolate… “The infrastructure is in a desperate state,” complains one cocoa bean trucker who zigzags between the potholes. “When the prime minister came to the region they filled in the holes, but they never repaired the road!”
Cocoa producers are in despair. “Getting the product out of the forest is a major problem. You leave here in the morning, but you don’t know if you’ll get there by night.” Yakou is one of the last drivers willing to supply the most remote villages. There’s only 45 kilometres to travel and it takes him between 8 and 10 hours to get there! The journey is so demanding that his son, who helps him during the vacations, doesn’t want to inherit the family’s one item of wealth: the truck.
Jamaica: The Island of the Blue Mountains | 60 mins
Jamaica is not only the land of reggae and fine sandy beaches. It’s also a mountainous island cloaked in dense tropical vegetation. Its road network is in disastrous condition. This is nowhere truer than in the blue mountain region where the peaks rise over 2,000m above sea level. Only the hardiest dare venture there. Or the poorest.
Bolivia: The Yungas In The Clouds | 60 mins
In the Andean cordillera of Bolivia, two mothers risk their lives as they travel some of the most dangerous roads in the country. After having stocked up in La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, MARIA, the grocer, returns to her village. It’s situated in the high mountains of the Yungas forest. Maria is one of the rare women in Bolivia who dare take on these trails that are lost in the clouds. The grocer is an ace at the wheel and as brave as they come, well worthy of the wages of fear, in risking the trip along the dizzy heights of the ravines. But once she gets up there, her journey is not over.
Botswana: Escaping Drought | 60 mins
The real lives of the people of Botswana is far from the usual picture postcard image. CHAIDI, MONTY, MAREKO, SEKERE live in the heart of a country that is nothing but one vast desert: Botswana. Everybody struggles to keep their job and support their family, but in the all-prevailing fine sand it’s impossible to move around without a 4-wheel drive. And with tens of thousands of wild animals on the roam such as lions and elephants breaking down is not a reassuring prospect.
Mauritania: Drivers of the Desert | 60 mins
In this acclaimed series, we journey on some of the world’s most dangerous routes and explore the lengths people go to in order to change their destinies. Mauritania is an arid country, home to the Sahara and the Sahel. Getting supplies to forgotten villages far from these oceans of sand is no easy task. The traditional camel caravans, overly demanding of human and animal power, have been replaced by age-old machines.
Rewild | 60 mins
Temperatures are rising and biodiversity collapsing at an unprecedented rate in the history of mankind. Almost 60% of wild animals have disappeared in the last 40 years. And the reason is always the same: the presence of man. Yet there is a solution: rewilding.
Costa Rica: An Ecological Paradise? | 60 mins
With its majestic forests, breathtaking natural waterfalls and unspoiled nature, Costa Rica has become a mecca for environmental tourism. Home to 7% of the world’s biodiversity and designated a “Champion of the Earth” by the UN in 2019, it has achieved the feat of doubling its forest area in just 30 years. But not everything is this tropical paradise is green.
Tulum: Mexico's Hipster Paradise | 60 mins
With its 6th-century Mayan ruins overlooking crystal blue waters, Tulum has long been a hidden gem for backpackers and hippies alike. But in recent years, this has changed. Hotels, each more extravagant than the last, are multiplying. The once-sleepy Mayan town now attracts nearly 2 million visitors per year. And in Tulum, as in the rest of Mexico, powerful drug cartels impose their rules…
The Longest Voyage | 60 mins
‘The Longest Voyage’ is an animated documentary from the award-winning team behind ’30 Years of Darkness’. The first journey to the moon and the first voyage around the world. Twin stories on two of humanity’s greatest ever achievements. Different eras.
Ibiza: The Island Of Two Faces | 60 mins
The small Balearic island of Ibiza attracts almost three million tourists every summer. With its legendary nightlife and iconic DJs, it has the reputation as a kind of Disneyland for adults. But hardly anyone has seen all the different facets of this extraordinary island. Far from the clubs, parties and tourists, there is a wilder and commercially unknown side of Ibiza. Deep within the natural world, the last remaining island rebels live in caves, hidden from the rest of the society.
Far from the commercial madness, Ismael lives in cave, alongside other likeminded people. For them, the island has magical properties. Legend has it that the rock formation just of the coast of the island is one of the most powerful energetic centres in the universe.
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