Peru: A Train to the Clouds | KCET
Peru: A Train to the Clouds
A train departs the coastal mega city of Lima, Peru bound for the highlands once a month. The railroad passes through numerous tunnels and over trestles along the way, crowning out at nearly 16,000 feet elevation. Host Dave Yetman hops on the train to head to the indigenous city of Huancayo, high on the Altiplano of the Andes and as different from Lima as any two cities in the world.
The Chinantecan people of mountainous northern Oaxaca, Mexico communicate by whistling as well as by talking. David visits their isolated community and sees for himself how they use whistled speech to supplement -- and sometimes replace -- spoken speech.
For 200 years, Nicaragua endured both earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, military and political interventions. Today, a democratic Nicaragua promotes its diversity of cultures, Spanish colonial heritage, and natural wonders, including its lakes, forests, and volcanoes. Miskito Indians from the Caribbean coast and the descendants of Aztecs still flourish within the country.
The region of Brazil known as Reconcavo supports a distinct culture and heritage. Over the centuries, slaves escaped their owners and founded their own towns. They, along with other colonists, shaped the local society and exploited its tropical riches. A local company recently took on the challenge of preserving and restoring the once-great Atlantic Forest, the Mata Atlantica.
The explosion of craft beer brewing across the United States has created a widespread interest in the process of beer making. A beer festival in Tucson, Arizona, leads to some local brewers and sends David on a quest to the origin of what makes beer different - hops. Nearly all of the hops in the U.S. are cultivated around Yakima, Washington where the team follows the annual harvest and sample as many products of hop production as possible.
Bogota serves as Colombia's capital and its social, cultural, and economic center. To help decrease traffic congestion and air pollution, Bogotans created an extremely effective mass transit system called Cyclovia. They cordon off their downtown area each Sunday and turn it over to bicyclists and pedestrians. David explores the history of the world's most popular beverage while traveling to Zona Cafetera, the source of most Colombian coffee.
An hour or so distant from Panama's burgeoning capital and its great canal, a broad peninsula juts into the Pacific Ocean. The Azuero Peninsula is home to traditions, landscapes, and people different from those of the capital and its suburbs. Residents of Azuero celebrate what sets them off from the rest of Panama. And they are huge fans of baseball.