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In the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost state, we find nations apart from mainstream Mexico. Populated for centuries by peoples speaking Mayan languages, they retain their customs and dress--while struggling to protect their homelands. Their towns and villages retain traditional pre- Columbian governments. They have invited us to one of their annual ceremonies.
Santiago de Cuba, a thousand kilometers southeast of Havana, was once Cuba's most important city. Ravaged by hurricanes and impoverished by the U.S. blockade, it has endured and still celebrates its African roots and an ancient religious shrine. Residents of African descent celebrate an old French custom.
More than any other of the contiguous United States, Oregon has been shaped by volcanoes. East and west of the Cascade Range are two different landscapes. On the east side, we climb through lavas of volcanic glass and follow a mountain bike trail at the edge of a flow, then venture west to the fertile valleys and the wild Pacific coast in all its glory.
Dominican Republic has survived a troubled history of dictators and intervention from the north. Now it is a hotbed of baseball, a hotspot for viewing humpbacked whales, and home to one of the liveliest carnivals anywhere, the best place to view diablos cojuelos-limping devils-on parade: the Carnival of La Vega.
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- Premiered: April 7, 2012
- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: A travelogue that explores the landscapes, people and histories of North and South America. (more)