This series transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off the beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," the charismatic hosts and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages.
Globe Trekker Previous Broadcasts
Food Hour: Ireland (Episode #1505H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 24, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
Globe Trekker Bobby Chinn samples oysters in Galway, fishes for salmon in Connemara, plays a tune or two with The Chieftains in Westport, visits the Nenagh Agricultural Show, judges a baking competition in Tipperary, and learns the history of Guinness in Dublin.
Mumbai City Guide (Episode #1531H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
Zay Harding encounters a Bollywood artist in Bandra; explores Dharavi, India's largest slum made famous by the movie "Slumdog Millionaire;" takes in the fish market at Sassoon Docks; checks in to the luxurious Taj Palace Hotel; tours the sea fort of Murud Janjira; visits the open-air laundromat, shops in the Chor Bazaar; flies to the World Heritage site of Ellora; tries his hand at the ancient form of pole yoga and meets Mahatma Gandhi's grandson.
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
Tough Trains: Cuba's Sugar Railroads (Episode #1508H)
KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
Cuba was one of the first countries in the world to build a railway, starting all the way back in 1837. At the time, Cuba was the world's largest sugar producer, and its early railways were designed not with passengers in mind, but to transport sugarcane to the mills, and refined sugar to the ports. In this episode, host Ian Wright goes on an eye-opening and hair-raising train journey across the Caribbean island of Cuba. The Communist country's railway network is dilapidated and very unreliable, but it ends up being a fantastically enjoyable trip.
Road Trip: Patagonia (Episode #1513H)
KQED World: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
Zay Harding takes a journey along Ruta 40 by climbing Volcan Lanin, the highest peak in the area. Traveling down the Seven Lakes Drive, he passes through the Lake District in San Carlos de Bariloche, heads next to the former hippie colony of El Bolson, boards the La Trochita steam train, searches for Butch Cassidy's hideout in Cholila and drives on to Trevelin, a town founded by Welsh immigrants that maintains that culture. Zay then makes the long trek to Cueva de las Manos to admire its incredible rock art, reaches El Chalten for the spectacular view of Mount Fitz Roy before the final leg that takes him to the Cabo Virgenes lighthouse, the last stop on Ruta 40.
Road Trip: Andes (Episode #1504H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
Inspired by Che Guevara's "The Motorcycle Diaries," Zay Harding begins the 3,000-mile trip along Ruta 40 through the Andes. Starting his trek near the Argentina-Bolivia border, he crosses into the brilliant white salt flats of the Salinas Grandes, takes in the kaleidoscopic natural wonders of 7 Colors Hills, stops at the oldest continuously inhabited city of Tilcara, explores pre-Columbian ruins in Pucara, drives the hair-raising roads to the little town of Cachi and visits the National Park of Leoncito. Zay next makes his way to the green valleys of Mendoza Province where he fuels up at the ultra-modern O'Fournier bodega before ending his journey beneath Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the western and southern hemispheres.
Isolated Islands: St. Helena (Episode #1530H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
Zay Harding voyages to the remote island of St. Helena, site of Napoleon's final years in exile after his defeat at Waterloo. He meets the friendly islanders known as "Saints," tours the historic settlement of Jamestown, and visits Longwood House where Napoleon was imprisoned as well as his tomb. Zay then encounters a 180-year-old giant tortoise, embarks on a boat trip off the spectacular coastline, speeds down the cliffside steps of Jacob's Ladder and climbs St. Helena's highest peak, which shelters numerous rare plant species.
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
Top 10 South American Adventures (Episode #1507H)
KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 13, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
In this Globe Trekker special, Ian Wright, Holly Morris, Elis Nevitt, Matt Young, Megan McCormick and Zay Harding travel all across South America - to Guyana, Venezuela, Columbia, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil - in search of the continent's Top 10 adventures, which include white water rafting in untamed waters, searching for giant anaconda snakes, trekking to the world's highest waterfalls, and climbing to the snow-capped summit of the Lanin Volcano in the Andes Mountains.
Tough Trains: India's Independence Railroads (Episode #1512H)
KQED World: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
In this episode of Tough Trains, Zay Harding takes on an epic journey across one of the world's biggest railway networks. These railways were built during the 19th century by the British to move troops and raw materials across the land, and ultimately played a role in the independence of the country a century later. The railway tracks are some of the oldest and longest you'll find anywhere in the world, and train travel doesn't get any tougher than this in a country with a population of over 1.2 billion. Indian Railways operations cover 29 states and seven union territories. It's now the world's fourth largest railway network, comprising 71,000 miles of track over a route of 40,000 miles.
Food Hour: Sicily (Episode #1503H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
Bobby Chinn discovers the cultural and historical influences that define contemporary Sicilian cuisine. Occupations by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, the French and the Spanish have all played their part by introducing techniques and ingredients that have created one of the most layered and intriguing global cuisines. Very closely related to is religious and spiritual life, Sicilian cuisine is above all a reflection of the island's cultural and historical events.
Food Hour: The Story of Cheese (Episode #1529H)
KQED Life: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
Rosie Lovell visits the Cheese Makers Market in Beaconsfield, England, a farm in the Cotswolds and the oldest cheese monger in London to observe British techniques. Justine Shapiro travels to northern France to unearth their secrets while Christina Chang heads to Roquefort in the south for a look at the aromatic caves where that eponymous cheese is aged. Megan McCormick takes us to Parma, Italy for a taste of Parmigiano Reggiano while Bobby Chinn tours Sicily and discovers what makes ricotta so special. Brianna Barnes visits Gruyere, Switzerland to enjoy their glorious cheese while Rosie explores Castilla La Mancha in Spain and samples Manchego. Other destinations include Athens, Lebanon and Istanbul.
- KQED Life: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
Puerto Rico (Episode #1506H)
KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
Zay Harding visits San Juan, the El Yunque National Forest, the Camuy River Caves National Park and the coffee-producing central highlands. Along the way he discovers why Puerto Rico is known as the "island of enchantment," boasting sun-kissed beaches, dramatic mountains, a rich colonial history, and great music.
Eastern Canada (Episode #1511H)
KQED World: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 -- 1:00 PM
Zoe D'Amato begins her travels in Newfoundland and Labrador, then heads to the maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. She makes her way to Quebec to soak in its old-world, European culture and concludes her trip in Ontario, where she experiences the dizzying heights of Toronto's CN Tower and the thundering magnificence of Niagara Falls.
Wild West USA (Episode #1502H)
KQED Plus: Fri, Feb 3, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
Zay Harding, Sami Sabiti, Holly Morris, Justine Shapiro and Ian Wright explore the extraordinary history of America's spectacular Wild West. Sami starts the journey by following Lewis & Clark's 3700 mile journey of exploration from 1804, Zay visits the location of the most famous siege in the history of the Wild West - the Alamo, Justine visits the site of the first discovery of the California Gold Rush, Holly joins the annual re-ride of the 2000 mile Pony Express route, and Ian heads to the Little Bighorn battlefield in Montana, the site of Custer's famous Last Stand in 1876.