Mediterranean islands Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily are the stepping stones between Europe and Africa. Ian Wright begins his journey on the French island of Corsica, throwing himself into every water sport imaginable before heading for the cooler climes of the mountains. Mountains cover a third of Corsica and hikers flock to the peaks and gorges in the Valley of Restonica.
Justine Shapiro begins her journey in Guayaquil, Ecuador's main port. She embarks on a 9 hour train ride through the Andes, to a small town called Alausi, where she discovers that the locals Indians are on strike in protest of recent land reforms.
Just south of the Caucasus mountains are two countries where many cultures have clashed for thousands and thousands of years. Formally part of the Soviet Union but independent since 1991, Georgia and Armenia are situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
Ian Wright travels through Madagascar, 'the red island', is located 250 miles off the east coast of Africa. It's the 4th largest island in the world, with landscapes ranging from rain forest to arid desert, and animal and plant life found nowhere else in the world.
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