Weekend Warm-Up: Fuego is Fire

In Fuego, a brief seven-minute film named after a Guatemalan volcano, mountain biker Kilian Bron flies along mud tracks, down snowy slopes, and through claustrophobic alleyways.

Accompanied by a spartan electronic soundtrack, the production is slick to the point of feeling Hollywood. It wouldn’t feel out of place as a training montage in the middle of a feel-good summer blockbuster, smashing from one beautiful shot to the next on a whistlestop tour of Guatemala, Bolivia, and Peru.

But this isn’t green-screen – and somewhere under the layers of perfect polish, there are some extremely tough-looking runs, with grit-covered mountain gulleys, competition-worthy street courses, and a dicey ride over the support structure of a bridge.

There are some nice little touches thrown in too, Bron speeds past two Cholita women from the Aymaras indigenous community, famed for summiting Latin American peaks in their traditional dress. Later, we glimpse young Peruvian girls playing football somewhere in the Andes.

Maximum minimalism

In some ways, Fuego is minimalist: there’s no narration, no interviews, and absolutely no fluff. But it’s also triumphantly big: huge vistas, jaw-dropping runs down the sides of Guatemalan volcanoes, running ridges flanked by snow-capped Peruvian peaks, and cruising down enormous dunes.

It’s an enjoyable watch, particularly if you’re looking for some inspiration to get out and do something exciting. Just remember, it’s not as effortless as Bron makes things look.

Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a writer and editor for ExplorersWeb.

Martin has been writing about adventure travel and exploration for over five years.

Martin spent most of the last 15 years backpacking the world on a shoestring budget. Whether it was hitchhiking through Syria, getting strangled in Kyrgyzstan, touring Cambodia’s medical facilities with an exceedingly painful giant venomous centipede bite, chewing khat in Ethiopia, or narrowly avoiding various toilet-related accidents in rural China, so far, Martin has just about survived his decision making.

Based in Da Lat, Vietnam, Martin can be found out in the jungle trying to avoid leeches while chasing monkeys.