Walking the Americas by Levison Wood audiobook

Walking the Americas: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Colombia

By Levison Wood
Read by Barnaby Edwards

Tantor Audio 9780802127495
8.57 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781541482111

Levison Wood's famous walking expeditions have taken him from the length of the Nile River to the peaks of the Himalayas, and in Walking the Americas, Wood chronicles his latest exhilarating adventure: a 1,800-mile trek across the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia. Beginning in the Yucatán, Wood's journey takes him from sleepy barrios to glamorous cities to ancient Mayan ruins lying unexcavated in the wilderness. Wood encounters indigenous tribes in Mexico, revolutionaries in a Nicaraguan refugee camp, fellow explorers, and migrants heading toward the United States. The relationships he forges along the way are at the heart of his travels—and the personal histories, cultures, and popular legends he discovers paint a riveting history of Mexico and Central America. While contending with the region's natural obstacles like quicksand, flashfloods, and dangerous wildlife, he also witnesses the surreal beauty of local landscapes, from cascading waterfalls and sunny beaches to the spectacular ridgelines of the Honduran highlands. Finally, Wood attempts to cross one of the world's most impenetrable borders: the Darién Gap route from Panama into South America, a notorious smuggling passage and the wildest jungle he has ever navigated.

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Levison Wood's famous walking expeditions have taken him from the length of the Nile River to the peaks of the Himalayas, and in Walking the Americas, Wood chronicles his latest exhilarating adventure: a 1,800-mile trek across the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia.

Beginning in the Yucatán, Wood's journey takes him from sleepy barrios to glamorous cities to ancient Mayan ruins lying unexcavated in the wilderness. Wood encounters indigenous tribes in Mexico, revolutionaries in a Nicaraguan refugee camp, fellow explorers, and migrants heading toward the United States. The relationships he forges along the way are at the heart of his travels—and the personal histories, cultures, and popular legends he discovers paint a riveting history of Mexico and Central America. While contending with the region's natural obstacles like quicksand, flashfloods, and dangerous wildlife, he also witnesses the surreal beauty of local landscapes, from cascading waterfalls and sunny beaches to the spectacular ridgelines of the Honduran highlands. Finally, Wood attempts to cross one of the world's most impenetrable borders: the Darién Gap route from Panama into South America, a notorious smuggling passage and the wildest jungle he has ever navigated.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Wood…focuses on the people and places he and Alberto encounter, which makes for great reading.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author Bio: Levison Wood

Author Bio: Levison Wood

Levison Wood is a British explorer, writer, and photographer. Having traveled in over eighty countries, he documents the journeys of tribal peoples and minority groups around the world. His expeditions have taken him from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Central Asia and the jungles of South America. He is a co-founder of the exploration organization Secret Compass, has led pioneering treks across Madagascar and Iraq, and is the first man to attempt to walk the length of the Nile in 2014. He served as an officer in the British Army Parachute Regiment with operational experience in Afghanistan and training missions around the world. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and international fellow of the Explorers Club. He was born in Staffordshire in 1982 and educated at the University of Nottingham and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English