4 Reasons We’re Loving Walking the Americas with Levison Wood

In his latest series on Channel 4, Walking the Americas, explorer and presenter Levison Wood goes on a journey across Central America, from Mexico to Colombia, uncovering all manner of wonders and undergoing many trials and tribulations along the way. Anyone who knows Wood from his previous series on the Nile and the Himalaya knows to expect big things from this grand adventure, so we’re pretty excited here at Exodus HQ!

Over the course of the journey, we’ll see sights that boggle the mind. Ancient Mayan ruins, active volcanoes, weird and wonderful jungle wildlife, and the world-famous Panama Canal number amongst the incredible landmarks Wood will encounter along the way.

Join us as we look at some of the most interesting and remarkable of them, and learn how to see them for yourself.

Mayan ruins in Mexico

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In the first episode, the journeymen encountered several remarkable sites which were once home to the ancient Mayans in the Yucatan. These temples, great pyramids upon which human sacrifices would have been performed and the gods worshipped, are almost too fantastical to be true, stretching skywards with a sombre grandiosity that leaves an incredible impression.

Take me there: La Ruta Maya

Active volcanoes in Guatemala

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There are few sights in the natural world more fearsome or awe inspiring than an active volcano. In the heartland of Guatemala, these great powers of nature rise skyward like monoliths, alongside great lava fields and hot springs. Levison will no doubt be coming into close proximity to the majesty of an active volcano, and you can too.

Take me there: Guatemalan Highlands & Volcanoes

Jungle wildlife

Squirrel Monkey in Costa Rica

One thing Central America is not short on is jungle, and one thing jungles are never short of is incredible, weird and wonderful wildlife, and Levison is sure to encounter a few of these animals. From sloths to bizarre birds, cheeky monkeys to turtles nesting on soft beaches, there’s no end to the wonders on display, particularly in Costa Rica!

Take me there: Discover Costa Rica

Panama Canal

Aerial view of Panama Canal on the Atlantic side

One of the most impressive feats of engineering ever completed by mankind, the Panama Canal is a glorious construction, a great waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The canal is a sight to behold, cutting its way through amazing landscapes, and forming a great route for cycling along.

Take me there: Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

Walking the Americas airs on Channel 4 on Sundays at 8pm.

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