Feeling restless? Stuck indoors? As the second week of social isolation comes to a close, it is important to stay home and stop the spread of COVID-19. Luckily, we've found a way to explore some of the world's most beautiful and remote destinations, from your very own sofa. Let BBC2 hit series, Race Across the World, take you on a whirlwind journey through Latin America.
The series follows five pairs as they attempt to race against rivals from Mexico City to Ushuaia, on a limited budget. Each duo must pass through five predetermined checkpoints on the way. Did we mention there's no flights or smartphones allowed? So, put your feet up and prepare to travel 250,00km across the world as we pick out our highlights so far.
During the second episode, contestants travel from Copan Ruinas in Honduras to Panama City. Each individual is tested to the extreme as they rely on the kindness of strangers, form friendships and come face to face with awe-inspiring locations. Married couple Jen & Rob take a trip to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A paradise for avid bird watchers, the reserve is home to the country's largest population of quetzals and over 400 species of bird. This orchid-rich reserve is best explored on one of the exciting trails or from the suspension bridges.
The next leg of the journey follows contestants as they travel to Villavieja in the Tatacoa Desert of Colombia. Mother and son Jo and Sam find themselves in need of a break as the pressure of the race ramps up. They splurge on a tour of Medellin - home to Pablo Escobar, one of the world’s most notorious criminals. Medellin is renowned for its food, art and design. Stroll through Plaza Botero, a charming square filled with bronze sculptures designed by world famous artist Fernando Botero or head to the streets for a graffiti tour.
As the 25,000km race to Ushuaia approaches the half-way mark, the four teams compete not just with each other but with the extreme altitudes of Peru. Emon and Jamiul, risk their race lead with an inspiring climb up Rainbow Mountain. A bucket-list destination, Rainbow Mountain sits at a staggering 5,200m above sea level and is famous for its spectacular colours.
Have you been watching Race Across The World? Which of these places would you most like to add to your holiday hit list?
Published on 5th April 2016
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