Simon Reeve: Tropic of Cancer

Two of my favourite travel series on TV over the last couple of years were Equator and Tropic of Capricorn, both starring Simon Reeve. To be honest Capricorn wasn’t up to the standards set in Equator in my opinion, but purely because the places he visited were not really quite so fascinating as in the first series. But, one does assume, he will complete a trilogy and do the Tropic of Cancer too? Surely he must!

And that is well worth waiting for. Hawaii, Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Niger, Libya, Chad, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), China and Taiwan. How is that for a list of countries?! If he doesn’t do it soon, I’ll be tempted to strap on my rucksack and do it myself! If someone will give me the money to do it, anyway…


Of course, there is one more country to add to that list! Any guesses? Of course – Mexico! Cancer hits Mexico’s Pacific coast near Mazatlan and also cuts through the colonial ghost town that is Zacatecas. Which actually has a monument marking the tropic of Cancer, as seen in the photo below. Let’s hope someone cleans off the graffitti before he gets there.I now have another mission though. Can I get to that monument and get my photo next to it before Simon Reeve?


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