In episode 3, Efron and Olien visit Costa Rica. / East High School Wildcats Live Journal courtesy photo

Published Friday, July 17, 2020

Zac Efron and Darin Olien film
documentary in Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

The Netflix original documentary-series, “Down to Earth” hits on a groundbreaking idea that could save the world: You can get people to care about global sustainability practices if they are featured in a series that also features an occasional shirtless Zac Efron, reported Newsweek magazine.

Efron's career reached a turning point with the Disney Channel’s teen musical “High School Musical” screened on televisions in 2006. Since his debut he has been nominated and won several awards as Critics' Choice Movie Awards, MTV Movie Awards, People's Choice Awards Screen Actors Guild Awards, among many others.

"The actor is joined by wellness guru Darin Olien, and the show is the first time many viewers have come across the work of the world traveler and superfoods experts," the magazine said in its report. "Olien described himself as an exotic superfoods hunter, supplement formulator, author and a TV host."

In episode 3, Efron and Olien visit Costa Rica. They try out life at a swanky eco-village committed to a small environmental footprint, visit a wildlife refuge and enjoy a zip lining trip Netflix said in the presentation of this chapter.

They visited a Punta Mona family-owned farm and educational retreat center located near to Gandoca National Refuge, in Limón Province, and the Eco Villa ecological planned community located in San Mateo Alajuela.

"The documentary revolves around Efron and his travels around the world to France, Puerto Rico, London, Iceland, Costa Rica, Peru and Sardinia, and focuses on themes of travel, life experience, nature, green energy and sustainable living practices," the American media-services provider and production company said.

The docu-series trailer can be reached at Netflix YouTube Channel.    “Down to Earth” with Zac Efron is streaming now on Netflix.

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