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Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild

  • Season 6
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 6: Guatemala

Summary

Ben discovers why Mike Merrill, a former sound engineer from Texas, decided to build a backpackers' hostel deep in the Guatemalan jungle. He also gets stuck into building projects, machete fishing and tubing a dangerous river to transport vital supplies, and sees how Mike interacts with the local Mayan people.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In a break from the norm, the subject's relationship with the locals overshadows his own story, to form the backbone of this episode. American expat Mike is building a backpackers' hostel in the Guatemalan jungle, in a landscape resembling a spread in Lonely Planet magazine.

Ben clearly admires Mike, although relations with his hippy volunteers seem more awkward. Thankfully, they soon head off into the undergrowth, leaving Ben and Mike to bond over Indiana Jonesy escapades like crossing rickety bridges and catching fish with machetes. Their attempt to transport a water tank by floating it down some rapids on inner tubes is a must-see. Wild water indeed.

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Credits

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PresenterBen Fogle

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DirectorSean McDonnell
EditorAlexis Anoyrkatis
Executive producerNatalie Wilkinson
ProducerSean McDonnell
Series producerNatalie Wilkinson

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  • Episode 6

    Guatemala

    Summary

    Ben discovers why Mike Merrill, a former sound engineer from Texas, decided to build a backpackers' hostel deep in the Guatemalan jungle. He also gets stuck into building projects, machete fishing and tubing a dangerous river to transport vital supplies, and sees how Mike interacts with the local Mayan people.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    In a break from the norm, the subject's relationship with the locals overshadows his own story, to form the backbone of this episode. American expat Mike is building a backpackers' hostel in the Guatemalan jungle, in a landscape resembling a spread in Lonely Planet magazine.

    Ben clearly admires Mike, although relations with his hippy volunteers seem more awkward. Thankfully, they soon head off into the undergrowth, leaving Ben and Mike to bond over Indiana Jonesy escapades like crossing rickety bridges and catching fish with machetes. Their attempt to transport a water tank by floating it down some rapids on inner tubes is a must-see. Wild water indeed.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterBen Fogle

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSean McDonnell
    EditorAlexis Anoyrkatis
    Executive producerNatalie Wilkinson
    ProducerSean McDonnell
    Series producerNatalie Wilkinson
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