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Adventures in South America (1946)

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Narrated travelogue covering the Andes Mountains portion of Bolivia, and three very different areas of Peru, the traditional cities of the Andes Mountains, the modern cities of the coastal plains, and the upper Amazon jungle.



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Knox Manning ...


A narrator guides us on a trip starting in the Andes Mountains city of La Paz, Bolivia, where the traditional customs and farming lifestyle of the Chola Indians are shown. The trip continues to Lake Titicaca and the cities of Cuzco, Pisac, and Ayacucho in Peru, with a mixture Spanish architecture, Incan ruins and traditional Indian populations. Next, the capital city of Lima and the modern life of the coastal plains is briefly visited. Finally, the jungles of the upper Amazon are visited, showcasing the deadly Jivaro headhunters and emphasizing the three very distinct areas of Peru. Written by TimeNTide

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Documentary | Short






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10 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Down South Americ way...the old and new in Peru...
28 May 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ADVENTURES IN SOUTH America is a cursory look at Peru of '46, showing the contrast between the Old Peru and primitive farmers and thatched huts and the new modern cities like Lima.

It starts with a look at the old, including a mixture of old and new costumes that can be seen in the market in La Paz. Colorful costumes are adorned during fiesta days and we see the Lake Chiticaca area where sailing crafts and riverboats glide on the waters.

We take a look at Inca cities where walls and streets were built by primitive building standards but still stand today. Peruvian farmers and their wives work in the fields. We see a swinging bridge made of fiber (and expect to see Indiana Jones crossing at any moment), and stop for awhile at Lima, a colonial town founded by Pizarro in the 1500s and updated with modern construction as the capital of Peru.

The documentary closes with a look along the Amazon where the savage headhunter tribes are shown standing around in a group, and nearby are the head trophies decorated and preserved in a fancy manner.

Colorful but rather dull in the manner of presentation.

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