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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.
Argentinean anthropologist, mountaineer, and National Geographic 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 mountains in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. In 1999 she co-directed a National Geographic-sponsored expedition with Johan Reinhard. Together, they discovered three of the best preserved mummies ever found on a 22,100-foot summit—the Llullaillaco children—together with several gold and silver statues and sumptuary objects of typical Inca style. "When we found the mummies," says Constanza, "I remember a profound silence falling over the group. It is so humbling to look into the eyes of another human being from half a millennium ago." 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 (which celebrates the accomplishments of female explorers), the Gold Medal of the International Society of Woman Geographers, and recognition in 2005 as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. 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.
Tim Weed is an award-winning author, outdoorsman, and independent explorer. A founding director of National Geographic Student Expeditions, Tim has lived and worked in more than twenty-five countries on every continent except Antarctica. Highlights of his long career in international education have included directing college semester abroad programs in Spain, Australia, and Venezuela; bringing some of the first American students to Cuba since the Revolution in the late 1990’s; creating and leading programs for writers, artists, and musicians in Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Italy, and Ireland; and trekking at various latitudes in the Andes cordillera in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, northern Argentina, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. His articles on travel, history, outdoor adventure, and the writing craft have appeared in Talking Points Memo, Backcountry, Writer’s Chronicle, National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog, and many other magazines and journals. An undergraduate Spanish major at Middlebury College, Tim received master’s degrees from the University of California and the Warren Wilson College MFA for Writers program. He is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and a Solas Best Travel Writing Award, and his first novel, Will Poole’s Island, was released in 2014.
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.