Paul Salopek is walking around the world. Here are the photos from his incredible journey so far

Humanity’s journey around the world began approximately 50,000 to 70,000 years ago. From the Horn of Africa, our ancestors set out on a meandering path, eventually spreading across the entire globe.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is retracing that journey on foot, with funding from National Geographic to share his stories from the trail.

He took the first steps of his “Out of Eden” walk in January of 2013 in Ethiopia.

From there he’s moving — about 20 miles a day — through the Middle East and Central Asia to China. He’ll travel up through Arctic Siberia and cross to Alaska by boat before heading down the west side of the Americas, eventually ending his trip in Tierra del Fuego, at the bottom of the world. The journey should take seven years, with his last leg completed in 2020.

Salopek gathering the stories of people and cultures along the way and at the same time “engaging with the major stories of our time,” including climate change, technology, and mass migration.

Right now he’s in the Caucasus, traversing the country of Georgia.

He’s documenting his trip both at the Out of Eden site and on Instagram, putting on display the incredible variety of human experience. We’ve embedded a selection of Salopek’s photos here.

Here's Salopek, working at a cafe in Tblisi, Georgia.

(Instagram) Best wi-fi in Tblisi. Photo/caption by C.B.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Aug 24, 2015 at 9:05am PDT

And his first Instagram post, from Hejaz, Saudi Arabia.

(Instagram) Amphoras, plastic and clay. Abandoned shepherd's camp. Hejaz, Saudi Arabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 1, 2013 at 8:13am PDT

Another view from Hejaz.

(Instagram) Mountains like mirages. On the old pilgrim trail. Hejaz, Saudi Arabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 2, 2013 at 8:50am PDT

'Obligatory bones' in Wadi al Safra, Saudi Arabia.

(Instagram) Obligatory bones. Forty thousand footsteps across Wadi al Safra, Saudi Arabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 4, 2013 at 11:03am PST

A shot from earlier in the trip, at Djibouti, Ethiopia.

(Instagram) First anthropocene border. Ethiopia-Djibouti

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 6, 2013 at 7:23am PST

Sea grass and sand in the Red Sea.

(Instagram) Nature's Jackson Pollock. Sea grass. Sand. A whisper of water. Red Sea, Saudi Arabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 7, 2013 at 10:24am PST

Someone else who spent plenty of time traversing the desert.

(Instagram) 'I walked all over this desert. Ah! All over it. You could never keep up.' Near Ummlajj, #saudiarabia

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 8, 2013 at 10:33am PST

Camels are, of course, perfect travel companions for the desert.

(Instagram) Awad and Ali and the miracle tree. Near Wadi al Hamd, #SaudiArabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 13, 2013 at 10:42am PST

'The key is time.'

(Instagram) A keyhole. The key is time. 2000-year-old Nabatean ruins in Maidan Saleh, #SaudiArabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 18, 2013 at 8:03am PST

Different guides and walking companions join him for parts of the walk.

(Instagram) The Saudi team: Awad, Banounah and the camels Fares and Seema. Jeddah, #SaudiArabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Dec 3, 2013 at 8:23am PST

By the time he reached Jerusalem, his notebooks weighed 55 pounds. Here he's filling them at a Saudi beach.

(Instagram) Another day at the office. Walled beach (for women). Maqna, #SaudiArabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Dec 11, 2013 at 10:48am PST

Group shot.

(Instagram) Saeed, Hassan, Ali, Awad: These men crossed the Hejaz desert. Haql border, #SaudiArabia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Dec 31, 2013 at 9:08am PST

A morning fire.

(Instagram) Embracing the fire. Cold morning in Wadi Rum, #Jordan.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jan 6, 2014 at 9:33am PST

Approaching the Mars-like Wadi Rum, in Jordan.

(Instagram) A valley of stone gods. Inching up Wadi Rum, #Jordan.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:36am PST

Bedouin siblings in Jordan.

(Instagram) The big sister. Bedouins Dina and Abdallah Mohamed. Wadi Rum, #Jordan.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jan 11, 2014 at 8:52am PST

Goodbye camels, hello mules.

(Instagram) The 'burbs at long last. Entering Al Quweyra, southern #Jordan.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jan 20, 2014 at 9:16am PST

Near Petra. Wow.

(Instagram) Belayed by a mule. Hamoudi resorts to tail power. Near Petra, #Jordan.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jan 24, 2014 at 3:02pm PST

A Petra mosaic from the sixth century.

This vessel was strong enough to survive from the Bronze Age until now, but fragile enough to be broken in a moment.

(Instagram) Bronze Age vessel broken by looters. Near Safi, #Jordan.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Feb 10, 2014 at 8:06am PST

The right pace.

(Instagram) Yes. Near Al Mazra'a, #Jordan.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Feb 15, 2014 at 1:20pm PST

A marked trail in the West Bank.

(Instagram) New dispensation 2: first marked trails after two continents of unparsed horizons. Wadi Qelt, West Bank.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Feb 28, 2014 at 7:40am PST

A young shepherd and his flock.

(Instagram) Suburban sheep 1: Sanad grazes his flock near Jordanian bunkers, relics of the '67 war. West Bank.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Mar 3, 2014 at 8:26am PST

A palm tree among historic buildings in the West Bank.

Technology, spirituality, culture, and history, all together in Bethlehem.

(Instagram) Multimedia worship. Cave under the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, West Bank.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Mar 15, 2014 at 1:32pm PDT

Human stories.

(Instagram) Barrier/mirror: @johnstanmeyer snapping tourist photographers. Separation Wall, Bethlehem, West Bank.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Mar 17, 2014 at 1:50pm PDT

Spring in Jerusalem.

(Instagram) 'All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.' Spring in Jerusalem.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Mar 20, 2014 at 8:56am PDT

Jerusalem.

(Instagram) A quality of light. The polish of skin. Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Old City #Jerusalem.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Mar 31, 2014 at 9:09am PDT

There are so many details that we only notice if we pause for a moment.

(Instagram) Lion's wristwatch. Walking through central Ramallah, #WestBank. #EdenWalk

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Apr 9, 2014 at 11:21am PDT

A rabbi in the West Bank.

(Instagram) 'The oldest bible in the world!' Rabbi singing scripture at Samaritan settlement, Mt. Gerizim, #WestBank.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Apr 24, 2014 at 9:12am PDT

Colour, light, and life.

(Instagram) Border of apocalyptic beauty. North into the Jezreel Valley of #Israel, home to Armageddon.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on May 16, 2014 at 9:26am PDT

2,000 miles in.

(Instagram) Heavenly hummus: earthly reward for trekking 2,000 miles to Nazareth, #Israel.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on May 29, 2014 at 10:09am PDT

Like creatures out of a myth.

A reminder.

(Instagram) Last hurdle to the sea. Israeli army firing range. Mt. Carmel, #Israel.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jun 23, 2014 at 9:39am PDT

Everyone needs funding.

The Mediterranean.

A cafe companion in Turkey.

(Instagram) Varied clientele. Village café near en route to Tarsus, #Turkey.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Sep 2, 2014 at 9:25am PDT

'Two religions.'

(Instagram) Two religions -- walking through the metropolis of Adana, #Turkey.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:37am PDT

Refugees from the Syrian conflict in Turkey.

(Instagram) Untouchables among refugees: destitute Turkmen nomads from Syria. Kilis, #Turkey.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Oct 17, 2014 at 9:18am PDT

Roadside food.

(Instagram) Modern foraging. Trailside grapes, near Adiyaman, #Turkey.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 4, 2014 at 9:42am PST

Beauty that can be seen around the world.

(Instagram) Nomad sunset. Mt. Karacadag, #Turkey.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 14, 2014 at 3:31pm PST

A village mayor in Turkey.

(Instagram) 'Still works fine.' Saleh Emre, Kurdish mayor of Kas Kale village, eastern #Turkey, and 46-year-old pistol.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Nov 26, 2014 at 11:00am PST

And some changes in the weather.

(Instagram) Everything empties into white. Guide Mustafa Filiz in the lesser Caucasus Mts., #Turkey.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Dec 3, 2014 at 9:58am PST

The remains of a 10th-century city in Turkey.

The walk.

(Instagram) Still life with cirrus. Near Patnos, #Turkey. Photo album of guide Murat Yazar.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jan 5, 2015 at 10:40am PST

Where Europe and Asia meet in Georgia.

In the Georgian capital.

(Instagram) Illuminated: Walking guide Vito Uplisashvili in Mtatsminda Orthodox church, Tbilisi, #Georgia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Feb 18, 2015 at 9:16am PST

Georgian folk dancers.

(Instagram) Scarlet fever: Children folk dancers, independence day, Tbilisi, #Georgia.

A photo posted by Out of Eden (@outofedenwalk) on Jun 8, 2015 at 10:57am PDT

Well deserved.

As much as we've seen, this is just a fraction of what Paul's experienced on the journey so far -- and he has another five years to go. National Geographic is helping him spread his stories along the way.

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