Updated Fri, Dec 30, 2011 2:17 pm
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GLOBE TREKKER transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick, Bradley Cooper and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages. This season's destinations include: Antarctica, Nigeria, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Turkey, Barcelona and Brazil.
Globe Trekker Food Hour: Brazil
Merrilees Parker starts her journey in the Afro-influenced coastal city of Salvador, where she cooks a spiny lobster and a fish “moqueca” with a popular TV chef. She next journeys to the rainforest in search of Brazil nuts, exotic fruits and herbal medicines, then heads south to Recife, where Portuguese flavors dominate the cuisine. Merrilees samples “cachaca” (known as Brazil’s answer to rum), celebrates Easter at a spectacular open-air reconstruction of old Jerusalem, enjoys a festive barbecue with the famous gauchos and ends her experience in Rio de Janeiro, where she samples “feijoada,” the national dish.
Ian participates in the unique Day of the Dead festival in Pazcuaro. After reveling late into the night, he goes to the old colonial town of Guanajuato, where he spends time with some Mexican cowboys and enjoys delicious Mexican food. From there Ian goes to Acapulco, where he takes in the glitzy nightlife before watching the famous cliff divers. Continuing his search for the perfect beach, he heads to Puerto Escondido for the annual surfing festival. He then travels to the Mayan ruins of Palenque, before visiting the Zapatista stronghold of San Cristobal and ending his journey with an amazing trek through the Lancondon jungle.
Central America: Costa Rica & Nicaragua
Neil Gibson visits the Costa Rican capital of San José, where he gets caught up in election fever, samples traditional cuisine and visits volunteers trying to combat poverty in the city. He cruises to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and encounters tarantulas, deadly snakes and rare birds before arriving at Volcan Arenal, where he relaxes in the hot springs. In Liberia, he attends a bull fiesta where tries his hand at being a cowboy. He crosses the border into Nicaragua and stops at El Castillo, site of the only castle in Central America. Neil plays baseball on the island of Mancarron, rolls cigars in Granada and explores Managua, site of the devastating earthquake. He ends his trip at the Volcan Masaya, known by the Indians as the “land of the gods” and by the Spanish as “the mouth of Hell.”
Ian begins his trip on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. In La Paz, he finds some unusual potions in the Witches Market, explores the silver mines in Potosi, visits the immense salt lake at Uyuni, experiences a spirited fiesta in Uncia, cycles through the lush Yungas region and ascends the Andean peaks of Huayana Potosi.
Globe Trekker Special: Great Natural Wonders
Join the Globe Trekkers as they explore some of the world’s Great Natural Wonders. Megan McCormick discovers erupting volcanoes in Hawaii and Java, Ian Wright encounters the Arctic, Justine Shapiro hikes the Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia, Eils Nevitt treks deep into the Amazon rainforest, and Holly Morris travels with the nomadic Tuareg tribe in the Sahara Desert. Other destinations include Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls and spectacular national parks around the world, from New Zealand and Botswana to Kenya and Ecuador.