Mountain: Life at the Extreme

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Series 1 - Episode 3 Andes



The 12.58pm bus to Lima from a village high in the Andes doesn’t provide many comforts, though its passengers are content to snooze peacefully. Or maybe it’s simply self-protection, so they can’t see the terrifying sheer drops or experience the tightest hairpin bends.

The heroic bus driver has been doing the job for 12 years and chats happily about the scenery, including the frequent and extravagant roadside memorials to some of the mountain roads’ thousand or so yearly road traffic accident victims.

In the final episode of a beautifully filmed series we learn that it’s hard being a human in the Andes; never mind the public transport shortcomings, you also have to build your own bridges from rope you make yourselves. One community, descendants of the Incas and extraordinarily adept at ad hoc engineering, make the rope for their gangway from a tough mountain grass.


The final episode focuses on life on the longest mountain range in the world, the Andes, home to astonishing hidden worlds, and extraordinary animals and people. Cameras follow a female puma and her three cubs as they hunt in the mountains of the frozen south, and the descendants of the Inca gather in an ancient ceremony to build a bridge made from woven grass. Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Douglas Henshall
Producer Matthew Wright