From the bestselling author of WALKING THE HIMALAYAS and WALKING THE NILE, explorer Levison Wood begins his next challenging adventure - walking 1,700 miles along the spine of the Americas from Mexico to Colombia.
LONGLISTED IN THE ADVENTURE TRAVEL CATEGORY OF THE 2017 BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARDS
SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER
BY THE AUTHOR OF WALKING THE HIMALAYAS, WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
'Levison Wood has breathed new life into adventure travel.' Michael Palin
WALKING THE AMERICAS chronicles Levison Wood's 1,800 mile trek along the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia, experiencing some of the world's most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable places.
His journey took him from violent and dangerous cities to ancient Mayan ruins lying still unexplored in the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala. He encountered members of indigenous tribes, migrants heading towards the US border and proud Nicaraguan revolutionaries on his travels, where at the end of it all, he attempted to cross one of the most impenetrable borders on earth: the Darien Gap route from Panama into South America.
This trek required every ounce of Levison Wood's guile, tact, strength and resilience in one of the most raw, real and exciting journeys of his life.
Levison Wood is a great adventurer and a wonderful storyteller. - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Britain's best-loved adventurer... he looks like a man who will stare danger in the face and soak up a lot of pain without complaint. - The Times
Levison Wood has breathed new life into adventure travel. - Michael Palin
Levison Wood is an award-winning author, explorer and photographer, whose books and documentaries have won critical acclaim around the world. Levison is the author of 7 books to date, including Walking the Nile and Walking the Americas, which were both Sunday Times bestsellers, and Walking the Himalayas which was voted Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. His book Arabia was also chosen by Hudson Books as one of their Top Ten Non-Fiction Titles of 2019 in the USA.
Levison's passion for adventure and discovering more about indigenous ways of life has taken him to over 100 countries. He served for several years as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, including an operational deployment to Afghanistan, where he fought Taliban insurgents in Helmand. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Explorers Club and Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School.
He has presented several documentaries, which have aired around the world, including 'Arabia with Levison Wood', which was shortlisted for Best Documentary Series at the Broadcast Awards 2020 and his latest series 'Walking with Elephants', which recounts a trek across Botswana following a herd of elephants to the Okavango Delta. Levison is a passionate conservationist and an ambassador for the charity The Tusk Trust.