We may be stuck at home practicing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of far-off destinations, adjust our bucket lists, and learn about the world around us. Here are 10 travel documentary films If you want to get some inspiration and information for your next adventure and learn more about the world.
So, sit back, relax, and indulge in a little armchair travel.
National Parks Adventure (2016)
Who wouldn't love to go on a tour of all the National Parks in America? That's a lot of ground to cover, but the documentary National Parks Adventure allows viewers to see them all without ever leaving the couch. Narrated by Robert Redford, this series features IMAX 3D cinematography and unbelievably beautiful views of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Redwood National Park, the Everglades, and the Arches.
Residente ( 2017)
For those who aren't familiar with the Puerto Rican music scene, René Juan Pérez Joglar (known professionally as Residente) is a Grammy-award-winning Puerto Rican rapper, writer, filmmaker, producer and founder of the alternative rap group Calle 13. Residente the documentary follows the artist as he visits 10 countries around the world in an effort to follow in his ancestors' footsteps after receiving the results of his DNA test. It's an unexpectedly touching journey that reminds us all of how interconnected we really are.
The Last Shaman (2016)
This is a fascinating and harrowing film. The film follows James who has given himself 12 months to find a way past his chronic and crippling depression before he kills himself. To do this, he takes the drastic step of delving deep into the Peruvian Amazon to find real-deal shamans and go through courses of ayahuasca to cure his depression. We won’t spoil the documentary here but it’s worth 77 minutes of your time to find out what a combination of adventure, psychonautics, and introspection can bring.
The Dawn Wall (2017)
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall is the stuff of legends. Caldwell and Jorgenson took years to plan their ascent and weeks to complete it and it’s all documented in this enthralling documentary that serves as a sort of prequel to the Academy award-winning Free Solo. If you follow rock climbing, then you know how this one ends. But don’t let that stop you from spending time watching this doc. It’ll give a deeper understanding of how much actually goes into the background of these climbs.