The Wild Andes

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  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 8.3  (33)

The Wild Andes, a documentary series by the Smithsonian Channel that premiered in 2018, takes viewers on a stunning expedition through one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. The series is shot in high-definition and directed by Mark Fletcher, with narration by actor Carolina Guerra.

The Andes Mountains are the longest mountain range on the planet, stretching over 7,000 kilometers through seven countries in South America. The Wild Andes explores the vast ecosystem that makes up this mountain range and the extraordinary creatures that call it home. This breathtaking series takes viewers on a journey through the Andes that explores how the terrain has shaped the wildlife that has adapted to it.

The show comprises three episodes, each focusing on a different part of the Andes. The first episode, "Desert Mountains," focuses on a range in northern Chile previously thought to have little life. Here, giant cacti, mountain lions, and the colorful Diuca Finch reveal some of the unique adaptations that desert animals have developed to survive in this harsh environment.

The second episode, "The Wet Andes," focuses on the lush rainforest and crystal clear waterways in southwestern Colombia, once home to the ancient Tairona civilization. Researchers trek through the canopies of the forest and dive deep into the rivers to study the many types of creatures that thrive on this terrain, from the cotton-top tamarin monkey to freshwater stingrays.

The final episode, "Patagonia," explores the southern tip of South America where the Andes dive into the Pacific Ocean. The rugged cliffs of this area are host to one of the largest breeding colonies of penguins in the world, and its channels serve as a vital feeding ground for the mighty humpback whale. This episode also examines how the region's plants and animals have adapted to the extreme changes in weather patterns.

Throughout the series, The Wild Andes educates viewers on the varied ecosystems and biodiversity of the Andes in an informative and entertaining manner. For example, the series highlights the incredible journey that salmon undertake each year just to breed in the cold mountain rivers, or the majestic vicunas (a relative of the llama) as they forage on the grasslands. The show's cinematography is exquisite, with sweeping panoramic shots of the Andes and close-ups of the animals that inhabit them.

The cinematography is beautifully complemented by the atmospheric soundtrack, which includes the songs and sounds of the Andean environment; from the gushing and gurgling of the many rivers to the calls of birds piercing through the thick canopy of trees. The show is both informative and engrossing, its breathtaking imagery drawing viewers deeper into the unique ecosystem of the Andes.

The Wild Andes is perfect for audiences interested in nature documentaries and adventurers keen on learning about one of the world's most unique ecosystems. The series offers a fascinating journey through the peaks and valleys of the Andes, highlighting the natural beauty and incredible diversity of this mountain range. The show is a must-see, providing a close look at the stunning creatures and awe-inspiring landscapes in the Andes, showcasing the incredible resilience and adaptability of nature.

The Wild Andes is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on November 7, 2018.

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Life in the Clouds
3. Life in the Clouds
November 21, 2018
In a northern stretch of the Andes, tectonic forces coupled with downpours have carved sharp peaks and deep valleys, each one an isolated pocket of evolution.
Extreme Survival
2. Extreme Survival
November 14, 2018
The Altiplano sits at more than 12,000 feet above sea level - a vast, treeless plateau with dangerously thin air, toxic soda lakes and weather that can turn at the drop of a hat. Facing conditions like these, only a few remarkable animals have developed the adaptations needed to survive in the Central Highlands. One such animal is the vicuña. These distant cousins of alpacas have evolved the finest fur on the planet and the most oxygen-rich blood of any known creature, ideal for enduring nights of sub-zero temperatures and breathtakingly high altitudes. Their world is not carefree, however, as they must be on constant alert for nearby foxes and pumas searching for their next kill.
Patagonia Untamed
1. Patagonia Untamed
November 7, 2018
The series premiere visits the southern tip of South America, a region with terrain as varied as its weather. Here, vast glaciers, towering peaks, active volcanoes and prehistoric forests form the backdrop to the lives of scavenging condors, sly foxes and a mother puma trying to feed her hungry cubs. On the western flanks of these southern ranges lies the Valdivian rainforest, the southernmost rainforest in the world, home to a secret world of creatures found nowhere else. Here, the male Darwin's frog nurtures its clutch of tadpoles in its throat, while a pair of pheromone-fueled Darwin's stag beetles battle over a female 60 feet above the forest floor.
Where to Watch The Wild Andes
The Wild Andes is available for streaming on the Smithsonian Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Wild Andes on demand at Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 7, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (33)