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Walking the Americas: 1,800 Miles, Eight Countries, and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Colombia
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A trek through Central America from the author of Walking the Himalayas, "just the kind of guy you want with you on an adventure" (The Washington Post).
Beginning in the Yucatán—and moving south through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama—Wood's journey takes him from sleepy barrios to glamorous cities to Mayan ruins lying unexcavated in the wilderness. Wood encounters indigenous tribes in Mexico, revolutionaries in a Nicaraguan refugee camp, fellow explorers, and migrants heading toward the United States. The relationships he forges along the way are at the heart of his travels—and the personal histories, cultures, and popular legends he discovers paint a riveting history of Mexico and Central America. While contending with the region's natural obstacles like quicksand, flashfloods, and dangerous wildlife, he also partakes in family meals with local hosts, learns to build an emergency shelter, negotiates awkward run-ins with policemen, and witnesses the surreal beauty of Central America's landscapes, from cascading waterfalls and sunny beaches to the spectacular ridgelines of the Honduran highlands. Finally, Wood attempts to cross one of the world's most impenetrable borders: the Darién Gap route from Panama into South America, a notorious smuggling passage and the wildest jungle he has ever navigated.
A Sunday Times bestseller and longlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Award for adventure travel, Walking the Americas is a thrilling personal tale, an accomplished piece of cultural reportage, and a breathtaking journey across some of the most diverse and unpredictable regions on earth.
"A thrilling narrative trek . . . [Wood] elevates this already fascinating landscape with lively prose that combines travel journal with history lessons, memoir, and survivalist handbook."—Booklist

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A Sunday Times bestseller and longlisted for the Banff Mountain Book Award for adventure travel, Walking the Americas is a thrilling personal tale, an accomplished piece of cultural reportage, and a breathtaking journey across some of the most diverse and unpredictable regions on earth.
"A thrilling narrative trek . . . [Wood] elevates this already fascinating landscape with lively prose that combines travel journal with history lessons, memoir, and survivalist handbook."—Booklist
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        Former British paratrooper and author Wood (Walking the Nile; Walking the Himalayas) likes to walk. But this title is a bit of a misnomer; he is only walking from the Yucatan to Colombia, not Alaska to Patagonia. Even so, it is a daunting trek. Wood and his Mexican guide/friend Alberto cross eight countries encompassing Central America (sorry El Salvador) through jungles, barren plains, mountains, narco lairs, gang-infested neighborhoods, and haunts of human smugglers. There are snakes, stadium-sized scary critters, and quadrapeds you wouldn't like to meet. The author hints, once or twice, that a film crew accompanied him, making a documentary and helping with logistics. But rather than taking anything away from the adventure, this only guarantees that we are reading their travelog and not their obituaries. VERDICT So often books on great treks seem to relish recounting only maladies, sexcapades, or drunken capers. Not so with Wood; he focuses on the people and places he and Alberto encounter, which makes for great reading.--Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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        British explorer Wood (Walking the Nile, Walking the Himalayas) narrates in lamentable fashion another formidable trek, this time his travels across Central America—a journey that spans eight countries and includes the harrowing jungle of Panama’s Darién Gap. Wood’s subject matter is fascinating, but the prose often ambles into cliché (he is caught “sweating buckets” or worrying that his crew had “bitten off more than we could chew”), and though he offers historic asides and insights into the politics of the region, these don’t offer much depth. At times his descriptions of the locals become caricatures: he imagines a Mayan man’s “forefathers, naked except for a jaguar skin and a bow, perhaps a feather in… hair.” As Wood hikes southward, he sees migrants making the treacherous journey north toward America and Canada, but misses the opportunity to offer anything beyond a passing glance. Wood’s crossing of the Darién Gap with his support team of indigenous locals and a clearance from Panama’s border police is anticlimactic. The narrative feels tired, but fans of Wood’s previous books will certainly welcome another journey with him.

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