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We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by geographer and travel photographer Peter Langer. Discover the natural beauty of our planet, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of these fascinating worlds through a beautiful photographic journey.

This website features programming information about The Ultimate Traveller presentations. The Ultimate Traveller series is going to inspire the adventure seeker in you! After attending the presentations, you will feel persuaded to find out more about these faraway lands and peoples. Peter Langer has travelled to over 175 countries and territories over the years. As a result of his travels, he has prepared new presentations to share the beauty and cultural heritage of some of the most wonderful places in the world

We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by world traveller Peter Langer. Discover the natural beauty of our planet, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of these fascinating worlds through a beautiful photographic journey.

You can also hear about Peter's impressions, curious anecdotes, frustrations and some of the little secrets places have to offer. You will also find a page featuring a number of carefully selected links to help you with your travel plans. Here we feature a number of travel companies that have actually been used by Peter Langer personally, in addition to travel information links of a practical nature.

Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver

Memorable Journeys and Encounters Around the World


Friday August 10, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Enjoy a 2-hour long multi-image video extravaaga on a journey exploring some of the most beautiful places in the world with photographer Peter Langer. This magical journey will take you to some remarkable places in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North, Cantral & South America, the South Pacific and Antarctica.

Free Admission

Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Impressions of Argentina


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Argentina ranks as the world's eighth largest country. Standing between the tropic of Cancer and the most southerly reaches of the planet's landmass, it encompasses a staggering diversity of climates and landscapes. The mainland points down from the hot and humid jungles of its northeast and the bone-dry highland steppes of its northwest through windswept Patagonia to the end-of-the-world archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, a territory that is shared with Chile.

Highlights include Argentina's vibrant, wonderfully idiosyncratic capital, Buenos Aires; amazing Iguassu Falls, the Northwest region of ochre deserts; the colonial city of Salta; the World Heritage Site of Quebrada de Humahuaca, the Calchaquies Valleys, the wine-growing areas of Mendoza and San Juan; travels along route RN40, which runs parallel to the Andes; the Welsh Heritage of Gaiman and Puerto Madryn; the remarkable Peninsula Valdes; finalizing in Patagonia, exploring Bariloche, El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park and Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.

 

Impressions of Chile


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Seen in the pages of an atlas, Chile's outline seems aberrant, even fantastical: almost 4,000 km in length and with an average width of just 180 km. Given this extraordinary latitudal extension, Chile the country is extraordinary as a physical geographic entity, featuring both the driest point on Earth, the Atacama Desert, a thousand-kilometre stretch of parched wasteland and Faro Evngelistas in Southern Patagonia, a place where it rains the most days per year on Earth!

Chile features 7 extraordinarily UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Easter Island, and iIn this presentation we are going have a detailed look at each of these.

Impressions of Bolivia


Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Stretching from the majestic icebound peaks and bleak high-altitude deserts of the Andes to the exuberant rainforests and vast savannas of the Amazon basin, Bolivia embraces an astonishing range of landscapes and climates.

While three centuries of Spanish colonial rule have left their mark on Bolivia's language, religion and architecture, this European influence is essentially no more than a thin veneer overlying indigenous cultural traditions that stretch back long before the conquest. Owing to its remoteness, Bolivia remains one of South America's least-visited countries despite its myriad attractions.

Impressions of Peru


Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

The most varied of all the South American nations, Peru is often visualized as a mountainous place, many visitors remaining unaware of the splendour of the country's immense desert coastline and its vast tracts of tropical rainforest.

A fantastic land of gold, Peru was sixteenth-century Europe's major source of treasure, and once the home of the largest empire in the world – the sun-worshipping Incas. Since then, the riches of the Incas have fired the European imagination: the country was home to the world's first stone pyramids, whose genuine antiquity was only discovered in the last few years of the twentieth century. Meanwhile the desert coast is studded with monumental adobe temples and ruins from several pre-Inca civilizations.

 

Impressions of Ecuador


Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Located on the Equator, Ecuador is a country is packed with startling contrasts of scenery, from steaming tropical rain forests and windswept highlands to ice-capped volcanoes and palm-fringed beaches. Our journey will start in Ecuador's capital, Quito, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978, the old town contains some of the most beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture in South America. In the Sierras we will visit Otavalo with its enormous Saturday market, some historic haciendas and Cotopaxi National Park. In the southern sierra lies the captivating colonial city of Cuenca, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its stunning colonial architecture and graceful churches and monasteries and nearby Ingapirca, the country's only major Inca ruins. We will marvel at an amazing journey by train from Quito to the port city of Guayaquil. We will also explore Yasuní, a large protected area in the heart of the Amazon rain-forest that boasts an impressive biodiversity and is home to the Waorani, Tagaeri, Taromenane and other indigenous peoples.

Impressions of Colombia


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Colombia is an emerging tourism destination. The diversity of the country is astonishing: pre-Columbian ruins, colonial cities located in the Andes and on the Caribbean Coast, coffee plantations and amazing natural parks. In our show we will discover Bogotá - Colombia's capital, the Cultural Landscape of Salt Towns, the Archaeological Parks of Tierradentro and San Agustín. We then explore the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia, Medellín, the Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de Mompox and Cartagena de Indias.

Mysterious Lands of the Maya


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

The Maya are probably the best-known of the classical civilizations of Mesoamerica. The Maya developed astronomy, calendars and hieroglyphic writing. The Maya were noted as well for elaborate and highly decorated ceremonial architecture, including temple-pyramids, palaces and observatories, all built without metal tools. Maya history can be characterized as cycles of rise and fall: city-states rose in prominence and fell into decline, only to be replaced by others.

In our presentation we will feature the ancient Mayan cities of Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Cobá, Tulum, Kohunlich, Edzná and Calakmul on the Yucatán Peninsula and the fascinating ruins of Toniná, Palenque, Yaxchilán and Bonampak in the jungles of Chiapas. We shall also see the Maya people of today and how their traditional beliefs have intermixed with Christianity to provide one of the world's most unique samples of living syncretism in San Cristóbal de las Casas, San Juan de Chamula and Zinacantán.

El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) in Mexico


Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world, typically on November 1, All Saint’s Day and November 2, All Soul’s Day. In Mexico, where the holiday has perhaps its highest prominence and is a national holiday.

The Día de los Muertos holiday has ancient Mesoamerican roots with emphasis on celebrating and honoring the lives of the deceased, and celebrating the continuation of life; the belief is not that death is the end, but rather the beginning of a new stage in life. We will explore these celebration in the State of Michoacan, where families usually clean and decorate the graves and spend all night beside the graves of their relatives and some families build altars or small shrines in their homes.

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Memorable Journeys and Encounters Around the World


Friday, September 28 at 12:10 PM - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver - Part I
Friday, October 19 at 12:10 PM - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver - Part II

Presented in two parts, enjoy a 2-hour long multi-image video extravaaga on a journey exploring some of the most beautiful places in the world with photographer Peter Langer. This magical journey will take you to some remarkable places in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North, Cantral & South America, the South Pacific and Antarctica.

The presentations will take place during a concert series, called "Out For Lunch", offered on selected Friday afternoons. Free with Membership or paid Gallery admission. Arrive early as this popular event has limited space.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre, Vancouver

A Virtual Tour through the Vanishing Heritage of the Middle East


Tuesdays, September 11 to October 16, 2018 from 9:30 to 11:20 AM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Since the beginning of the most recent conflicts, cultural heritage has been the target of intentional destruction in various parts of the Middle East.

Peter Langer has documented many of these invaluable sites over the past few years. We will address some antecedents of the intentional destruction of cultural heritage throughout history, a brief history of the Middle East, followed by visual presentations about Syria, Iraq Yemen and Iran, along with updates about the current situation.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

An in-depth Virtual Tour of India


Tuesdays, September 11 to October 16, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:20 PM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

We will explore India from a historic and cultural point of view —in a voyage of discovery. Discover India’s art and architecture, the long history and the magnificent cultural heritage inherited from past generations. We will present India in terms of her diverse regions from North to South and West to East, as well as the Himalayas and the Northeast. India features the largest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in South Asia. Each week we will view a multi-image video that evokes the natural and cultural diversity of the country and discuss the geography, the history and the syncretic nature of religion in the areas once occupied by various civilizations. You will gain a deeper understanding of the country’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller to India.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca

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