Constanza Ceruti was born in Buenos Aires in 1973. She lives in the city of Salta, in Northwest Argentina. After her graduation as an Anthropologist at University of Buenos Aires in 1996, she earned her Ph.D. at University of Cuyo in 2001. She has become a specialist in the field of high altitude archaeology, studying Inca ceremonial centers on the summits of Andean mountains. At present, she is a member of the National Council for the Scientific Research in Argentina, a Professor of Inca Archaeology at Catholic University of Salta and the Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research at the same University. She is the only female Andean high-altitude archaeologist in the world.
Dr. Ceruti has climbed over 100 mountains above 16,500 feet, within the context of systematic archaeological research, which has resulted in more than forty publications, including six books. She has been twice on top of Aconcagua (6.962 m.) – the highest mountain in America - , and on the summit of Mt. Pissis (6.882 m.) – the highest volcano in the world-, as well as on several other peaks in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.
She has served as project deputy director in four of Dr. Johan Reinhard´s archaeological expeditions in 1999 and 2000, funded by the National Geographic Society. On the summit of volcano. Llullaillaco (22,100 feet) - the site of the highest archaeological work ever undertaken – she and Dr. Reinhard discovered three of the best preserved mummies in the world, together with several gold and silver statues and sumptuary objects of typical Inca style.
Her academic achievements have been recognized by her university with the Gold Medal. Her mountaineering achievements have been recognized with the Gold Condor – the most important award given by the National Army of Argentina. In 1999 she was one of the few candidates for the Woman of the Year in Argentina. In 2005 she was distinguished as an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society.
Her interest in mountains and anthropology goes beyond the vast Andean mountain range: she has been to the Nepal Himalayas, India, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Greenland, Australia, Polinesia, United States, Italy, France and Mexico.