Man on quest to retrace the path of early human migration

Joyce Muchiri
2 min readAug 19, 2023

Paul Salopek

Paul Salopek, screeñshot

Paul Salopek is a journalist and National Geographic Fellow known for his remarkable walking project called the "Out of Eden Walk." Since 2013, he has been retracing the ancient human migration route from Ethiopia to South America, covering over 21,000 miles, (approximately 34,000 kilometers)

The Out of Eden Walk is an ambitious journey aiming to explore our shared human history and document stories of communities along the way.
Salopek practices "slow journalism," emphasizing deep storytelling and connecting with people and environments over an extended period.

'I bet his calves are amazing'

'When you accidentally put walking directions instead of driving on google maps'

'that one friend who always says "we can just walk" when you're on holiday 😂😂'

'💭:Yes this is worth putting on the news. 👏🏾 that’s awesome 🤩

Throughout his expedition, Salopek has encountered diverse regions, including Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Americas.

His experiences and encounters have shed light on global issues such as:

  • Climate change
  • Conflict
  • Migration
  • Cultural preservation

Salopek documents his journey through writing, photography, and multimedia presentations, capturing the essence of the places he visits and the people he meets.

His goal is to foster a deeper understanding of our collective past, present, and future as a global society.

The Out of Eden Walk has garnered significant recognition and media coverage, serving as a unique exploration of human history and inspiring others to engage with their surroundings.

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