Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, will be scrutinized in the next University Travel Club adventure film "The South American Expedition" in Kingsbury Hall Tuesday, March 19, at 8 p.m.
John Goddard returns for his 12th appearance in Kingsbury Hall to present an intimate, full-color look at the incredible contrasts of life in Venezuela, Surinam, Brazil and Peru.Spotlighted in the section on Venezuela will be Caracas, the booming capital of the oil-rich country. Goddard swings his camera from the Tomb of Simon Bolivar, the great liberator, to a spectacular aerial view of Devil Mountain, inspiration for Conan Doyle's book "The Lost World," and Hudson's "Green Mansions." Then Goddard closes in on shots of exotic wildlife including a huge tapir, magnificent black jaguars, capybara (the world's largest rodent), anteaters, wild pigs, alligators and even a drop over the 3,212-foot Angel Falls, the highest and most spectacular waterfall in the world.
Early in the film Goddard sights in on Surinam and its capital, Paramaribo, as it celebrates the emancipation of the slaves, complete with sensational fire-walking and glass-eating ceremonies.
On to Brazil and its 300-year-old Portuguese cathedral and a 1,000-mile journey up the Amazon from Belem to Manaus, the floating city. He travels into Brasilia, the country's ultra-modern capital. He also explains and depicts the "green hell" of the Mato Gross, where 42 men were killed by Indians in one year. We will see life among the saucer-lipped Suya Indians, the stone-age villagers who live in total isolation.
No trip to Brazil would be complete without a visit to enchanting Rio with Sugar Loaf, Copacabana Beach and Fred's nightclub where glamorous chorus girls dance the bossa nova.
For his look at Peru, Goddard shows the brightly colored Indians dancing on the shores of the 12,500-foot high Lake Titicaca where reed boats are made and sailed. Goddard also has focused on Kalauta Island, the site of an ancient settlement with highways, terraces and funeral towers.
Goddard has traveled well over one million miles during his adventurous life in an effort to fulfill the 127 challenging life-time goals he set for himself at the age of 15. To date, he has accomplished 107 of these ambitious dreams, establishing an impressive list of achievements.
He led the first expedition to explore the length of the world's longest river, the Nile. He has since repeated that feat along the second longest river, the Congo. He has scaled the Matterhorn in a blizzard and used his background as an anthropologist to live among primitive tribes and to photograph in 120 countries.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he majored in anthropology and psychology. He has conducted anthropological studies of 260 tribal societies in all parts of the globe.
He has appeared on more than 200 television shows as a guest of Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, David Frost and others.
General admission tickets are on sale in Kingsbury Hall room 210 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to showtime. The free shuttlebus will begin service in the Rice Stadium parking lot about 7:10 p.m.