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.
Holly Wissler is an applied ethnomusicologist, Fulbright Scholar and educator living and working in Cusco, Peru. Her doctoral research focused on the musical rituals of the indigenous Quechua group of Q’eros in the southern Peruvian Andes. Holly currently works on various field projects with the Q’eros and the near-extinct Wachiperi of the Amazonian Harakbut linguistic group. She lectures regularly for National Geographic and various U.S. university study abroad programs in Peru, and she has produced two documentaries about her work in the country. She was principal author of the petition to UNESCO that the Q’eros’ songs be included on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Holly is also a classical flutist and adept at numerous Andean instruments, and she has led adventure-oriented expeditions in Peru and Nepal for the past 30 years.
Archaeologist William Saturno is a National Geographic Explorer specializing in early civilizations. His research in South America over the last decade has explored the complex relationships between Andean peoples and their natural environments, ranging from the coastal deserts in Northern Peru to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon Basin, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and the Lake Titicaca plateau. A passionate student of ancient Andean civilization, he is particularly intrigued by the imperial transformations of the regional traditions under Inca overlords, as well as the enduring legacy of Spanish colonial occupations and the adaptation of traditional religions to the arrival of Spanish missionaries.