A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Constanza Ceruti studies Inca ceremonial centers on the summits of the highest Andean peaks. She has climbed more than 100 mountains above 17,000 feet and has explored sacred summits in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. In 1999, she co-directed a National Geographic-sponsored expedition with Johan Reinhard. Together, atop a 22,100-foot summit, they discovered three of the best preserved mummies ever found, called the Llullaillaco children. Constanza has won numerous awards for her work, including the National Army of Argentina’s Gold Condor in Mountaineering, the Courage Award from Wings Worldquest, and the Gold Medal of the International Society of Woman Geographers. She’s been a TED Fellow and an invited speaker at the TEDGlobal meeting in Oxford, and was honored in 2006 at the Prince of Asturias Award ceremony, when National Geographic received the Communication and Humanities award. The author of more than 100 scientific publications and 20 books, she brings together her lifelong love of Patagonia and her vast experience in the study of sacred mountains to offer unique views about the importance of indigenous cultures in this part of the world.
Geographer, conservationist, and explorer David Scott Silverberg has been working on South America's "Southern Cone" for many years, and has explored the Torres del Paine by backpack and horseback. He researches and teaches on the geologic development, biological evolution, conservation challenges, and economic environment of Argentina and Chile. A National Geographic grantee and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, David has worked on community-based protected area projects on six continents. He also served as executive director for research at Earthwatch Institute and helped launch AmeriCorps' environmental programs.
Kitty Coley is a geologist, naturalist, and avid birder who serves as a consultant to National Geographic magazine and has led expeditions for National Geographic for many years. Through her work as a professional geologist, she spent extensive time in remote rain forests and rugged geologic settings around the world. Her love of nature has led to exploration through scuba diving, backpacking, white-water and sea kayaking, and biking. Kitty will share her in-depth knowledge of the geology, flora, and fauna of Patagonia.