Constanza Ceruti

Archaeologist, Adventurer

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.