Discovery Channel tours 4,700-mile Andes chain

Today's TV

January 12, 1998|By Chris Kaltenbach

Stunning photography and some people with unusual ways of spending their time highlight the Discovery Channel's look at "The Andes" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats midnight-3 a.m.).

Narrated by Christopher Plummer, the series takes great delight in profiling one of the most ecologically diverse regions of the planet. Its usual tack is to take one aspect of the 4,700-mile-long South American mountain chain, usually an animal or a geographic feature (sometimes both, since the latter tends to attract the former) and spend about 13 minutes talking about it. There's usually a scientist or naturalist along to provide expertise.

In the first hour alone, you get a look at anacondas, 15-foot-long snakes with healthy appetites (your tour guide is a guy who finds them by walking though marshes barefoot); at vicunas, llamas with fleece that's more valuable than gold; at Punta San Juan, whose anomalous climate has arctic animals living near the equator (leading to such scenes as penguins waddling across the desert); and at a flock of flamingos, of a type once thought extinct, that return to a remote mountain oasis once a year to breed.

Pub Date: 1/12/98

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