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.
Born and raised in a small Peruvian village, Ernesto
Ore is well-versed in the rich history, traditions, and
modern-day customs of his people. He is currently
president of the Fundación Apu Kuntur, a non-profit dedicated to saving the endangered Andean condor, and has served as an apprentice to a high priest and healer from the Andes. Ernesto has been introducing travelers to his native culture for more than a dozen years
years, lecturing on topics ranging from local wildlife and Inca ruins to traditional Peruvian perspectives on astronomy.
Peter Frost is a writer, photographer, archaeologist, and independent scholar who has explored the Andes and Amazon for 35 years, and lived in Peru since 1987. He has published four books on Peru and Ecuador, including a guide to the Cusco region and a book on Machu Picchu. In 2001 and 2002, he led National Geographic Society-sponsored expeditions into the remote region of Vilcabamba, finding and exploring the previously unknown Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina. Peter joins us on Days 2 and 3 of our journey. On departures that coincide with Peter’s assignments, one of his colleagues (anthropologist Jean-Jacques Decoster or ethnomusicologist Holly Wissler) will join us instead.