Breathtakingly beautiful countries

Long fascinated by events south of the border Stephen Fry is now embarking on an adventure into America’s backyard - through Mexico and the entire Central American isthmus to the Panamanian border with South America. It’s a journey through some of the oldest civilizations on the planet – Mayan , Aztec , Olmec- and some of the most dangerous but breathtakingly beautiful countries that for most of us mean little more than a gap year, postcard from a beach or volcano , or a hazy idea of drug cartels , banana republics and forgotten civil wars.

Stephen wants to change that and get us to understand the people, the places, the wildlife, the history and all wrapped up in a great road trip, in his pimped up American school bus – the type used all over Central America when they’ve retired from school duty.

Stephen immerses himself with a beguiling mixture of humour and embarrassment in a myriad of experiences to reveal the best and worst of this part of Latin America.

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