Pan-American Adventure

2012, Society  -  45 min Leave a Comment
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This is an endurance test for men and material and on this journey we meet unusual people and encounter untamed nature. We discover many hidden jewels and rarely feel unwelcomed.

We dive into the unknown and travel through 14 American countries discovering an entire continent. The last stage takes us from Peru through Chile and Argentina to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.

We're in the Andes at 4,200 meter and find it difficult to breathe. Geralda Mamani lives high above the tree line. She breeds Alpaca and by Peruvian standards she's a rich woman, because she owns 800 of these animals. Alpaca wool is very high quality, it's soft with long fibers and very cozy.

For many, it is the absolutely perfect route: The Pan-American Highway. It leads through forests and deserts, through jungles and across high mountain passes. To the right and left of the Pan-Americana, drug wars and civil wars are contended, Hollywood films produced and computer programmes developed. And just a few thousand kilometres further south, Red Indians still hunt with bows and arrows.

Geralda isn't married as she is relatively well off, she remains suspicious towards men. She says they only want her money and nor does she want too much contact with the villagers in the valley that would only cause problems. Her happiness lies with her herd, not with people.