Smithsonian Channel, a ViacomCBS network, has commissioned German production outfit Spiegel TV for a one-off special examining the discoveries of the natural world in Latin America.
Humboldt: Epic Explorer will feature historian and author Andrea Wulf as she retraces the steps of German scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, who spent five years traversing across the Americas, from the Orinoco River to the Andes Mountains, exploring and scientifically describing the South American continent for the first time more than 220 years ago.
The docu-drama will follow Wulf as she examines Humboldt’s landmark insights into human-induced climate change, evolution and continental drift.
In addition, the documentary will take viewers from Humboldt’s difficult upbringing near Berlin through his seminal South American expedition at the age of 29 in 1799 through Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Cuba. The German explorer recorded languages, climbed Mount Chimborazo, studied Aztec artifacts and canoed down raging rivers.
Humboldt: Epic Explorer is produced by Spiegel TV for Smithsonian Networks, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises in association with ARTE.
Humboldt: Epic Explorer premieres March 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.