Around The World In 80 Treasures (2005) BBC

Episode 1: Peru to Brazil

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Episode 1: Peru to Brazil



1. Andes, Peru: Machu Picchu. Widely recognized mountain city of the Inca Empire discovered in 1911.

2. Maras, Peru: Incan salt pans. The Incans used giant pools on the side of the Andes to evaporate water from brine to leave salt.

3. Nazca, Peru: Nazca Lines. Over 300 immense dirt drawings and lines preserved since 3rd to 6th century BC by the extreme arid environment.

4. Lambayeque, Peru: Spider necklace of Sipán. A necklace made up of 10 gold objects of the Spider God.

5. Trujillo, Peru: Chan Chan, the world's largest mud city estimated to be home of 30,000 people and covers 20 square kilometres.

6. Easter Island: Moai statues. Moai are large monolithic statues with oversized heads created by the Rapanui people between 1200 and 1700 CE.

7. Cuiabá, Brazil: Umahara headdress. Very colorful headdresses made of human hair and parrot feathers (red, yellow, blue).

8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Christ the Redeemer. A 38 meter tall statue of Christ and the tallest Art Deco statue in the world.

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Around the World in 80 Treasures



Around the World in 80 Treasures is a 10 episode art and travel documentary series by the BBC, presented by Dan Cruickshank, and originally aired in February, March, and April 2005. The title is a reference to Around the World in Eighty Days, the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne.



In this series, Cruickshank takes a five month world tour visiting his choices of the eighty greatest man-made treasures, including buildings and artifacts. His tour takes him through 34 countries and 6 of the 7 continents (he does not visit Antarctica).



In addition to seeing some of the world's greatest treasures, Cruickshank tries many different kinds of food including testicle, brain, and insects. His means of transportation included airplanes, trains, camel, donkey, foot, bicycle, scooter, hang glider, and boats.



A tie-in book of the same title was also published, written as a journal during the trip and containing much behind-the-scenes detail on the making of the programme in addition to Cruikshank's reflections on the treasures themselves.



Cruickshank's fondness of architecture is evident, with many of his chosen treasures being buildings or other man-made structures. The official BBC DVD of the series was released on 19 May 2008. Licenses for DVD releases have been sold to many countries around the world.

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