Emmy Winning Equitrekking Debuts New Season on PBS Starting this Fall

September 24, 2010

Equitrekking, the Emmy Award-winning lifestyle series hosted by Darley Newman, debuts a new, fifth season of high definition episodes on PBS starting in November and December, taking viewers on global travel adventures in South America, the Middle East, Europe and North America. 

Darley and local guides discover the best of each destination’s culture, cuisine, history and adventures as they ride horses, hike, snorkel, and sightsee in stunning landscapes. Equitrekking broadcasts to 94% of the U.S. on PBS and international networks in over 65 countries. The fifth season of Equitrekking includes thirteen half hour, high definition episodes including: Uruguay, Alberta, Turkey’s Coast, Cappadocia & Istanbul, Jordan: Wadi Rum, Aqaba & Jerash, Great National Parks, Great American Ranches, Jordan: Petra, Royal Stables & Dead Sea, the Carolinas, Vermont, Georgia Coast, Wyoming, Colorado and Spain.

Highlights of the new season include a visit to South America, where viewers experience eco-friendly estancias and the popular coastal cities of Montevideo and Punta del Este in Uruguay. On Turkey’s stunning Mediterranean Coast, otherwise known as the Turquoise Rivera, Darley hikes the chilly waters of Saklikent Gorge and horseback rides through the abandoned Greek city of Kayaköy, before discovering colorful spice markets and palaces in Istanbul and ancient villages in Cappadocia. Alberta brings viewers on two different pack trips into Banff National Park and Kananaskis, riding to high altitudes and camping in the Canadian Rockies. Viewers then travel to a historic ranch in the foothills of the Rockies and into Calgary for the fast-paced Calgary Stampede.

“This season of Equitrekking is our most diverse yet. From riding with the Bedouin in the Middle East and the gauchos in Uruguay to visiting pristine national parks in the USA, we cover the globe and introduce viewers to the world’s most exotic and accessible destinations,” said Darley. 

On a two-episode journey through the Middle Eastern country of Jordan, Darley rides strong Arabian horses with the Bedouin in the spectacular Wadi Rum Desert, explores magical Petra and Dana Village on horseback, hikes Jordan’s version of the Grand Canyon, and floats in the Dead Sea. In the well-preserved Roman city of Jerash, Darley tries NASCAR’s ancient counterpart, dressing in Roman garb and hopping a ride on a horse drawn chariot. To gain insight into the history and characteristics of the Arabian breed, Equitrekking gains exclusive access to the Royal Stables, where Darley interviews HRH Princess Alia.

Equitrekking Great National Parks takes a closer look at some of the remarkable landscapes, wildlife, and adventures in America’s National Parks. Parks profiled include Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef in Utah, the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, Canyon de Chelly in Arizona, Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Haleakala National Park on Maui, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island, Cumberland Island in Georgia and Yellowstone in Wyoming. Equitrekking Great American Ranches, delves into the history, culture and scenery of historic ranches in Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Alberta, Texas, Maui and the Big Island.

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