Flying to the Ends of the Earth

Flying to the Ends of the Earth

Series 2 - Episode 3



More disturbed by litter floating in the Amazon than the descent through a twisting canyon to one of the world’s most dangerous airstrips, Arthur Williams is a true Brit.

What he lacks in scholarly authority (the sights of deepest Peru are variously cool, really lovely, amazing and awesome) he makes up for in unfazeable curiosity. Here, he continues his series of airborne trips to wild and remote places, propelling his wheelchair – almost as tough as him – through rough terrain.

In Peru, he flies high above the Nazca lines and ends up with his feet in the blissful cool of an ancient well that still supports farming in this unforgiving desert. Then it’s on to a far-flung community now dominated by a gold mine, and Iquitos, the largest city in the world to be inaccessible by road. Is that a problem, Arthur? No, of course it isn’t.


Arthur Williams makes a journey by air across Peru, passing through deserts, mountains and jungles. He investigates new theories concerning the origins of the Nazca lines, 2,000-year-old lines etched into the desert sands that some believe were created by aliens, but may actually be a map showing the location of underground water sources. He makes a risky landing in a canyon to explore a gold mine and visits a community of floating houses designed to survive the dramatic rise and fall of the Amazon. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Arthur Williams
Director Tom Currie
Executive Producer Alistair Pegg
Producer Silvia Santamaria