A visit to Chile features its rich cultures and traditions. Stops include Santiago, where the Mercado Centrale—ranked as one of the world's top markets—is explored; the artistic seaport town of Valparaiso, the cradle of "cueca brava," a gritty urban music that unites Chileans young and old; and the village of Horcon, which is home to Chile's only commercial fisherwoman.
A visit to England explores the role that the swan has played in Britain's long line of proud traditions. Included: the Abbotsbury Swannery, where caring for the birds is a royal institution; the Queen's swan warden and swan herd; and a swan rescue.
A visit to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus features archeologist Joan Breton Connelly, who is searching for a sacred temple said to have been built by Cleopatra to honor her love child with Julius Caesar; an organic farm and restaurant operated by one of Cyprus' most celebrated chefs; and the "tatsia" dance.
A visit to Namibia spotlights Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund; a medical team geared to helping cheetahs; and local farmers who use dogs to protect livestock, thus ensuring the survival of Namibia's cheetah population.
In Morocco, one of the world's largest outdoor restaurants is visited, while on stops in Hawaii, coffee and chocolate are sampled and a noodle expert is observed plying his trade. Later, a dish of mopane (caterpillars) is served in Africa.
The driest place on Earth, Chile's Atacama Desert, is visited. Included: the Valley of the Moons; the Atacamenos, a people who've survived in the harsh environment for hundreds of years; and a thanksgiving ceremony called the "Floramiento," or flowering of the llamas.
A South African sojourn features a conservation team dedicated to saving rhinos from poachers. Host Richard Wiese also meets a Zulu tribe, including some enterprising women who started a community garden that feeds the tribe and supplies local safari lodges.