In 4REAL Peru, Sol Guy and Cameron Diaz trek high into the Andes mountains of Peru where a young medicine man Puma Singona of the Quechua tribe is keeping his people's ancient knowledge and wisdom alive.
When he was just six years old, under the guidance of his grandfather, Puma began his training as a traditional medicine man. By fifteen, he was traveling to international conferences to speak about Quechua traditions and culture. Today, at 27, he sits on his community’s council of elders, runs a cultural organization that focuses on teaching tradition to youth, and is internationally recognized for his powerful healing and teachings.
"For our young people, when there is a strong feeling of where they come from then wherever they go they become leaders," says Puma, about his work with young Quechuas. "It is who they are and where they come from that matters the most."
Puma introduces Sol and Cameron to his community, including the young people of his youth group, Cusi Huayna (Happy Youth), before taking them straight up into the mountains for a sacred winter solstice ceremony. Cameron, who bonds instantly with the pachamama (Mother Earth)-loving Puma, ends her visit with an unforgettable insider's tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.
"I've always had a connection to the earth," Cameron says. "To knowing that was what Puma stood for, his teachings, that that's what he was putting out into the world, it was one of those things that goes, 'okay, that's why I’m here.'"
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The lead 4REAL production is a TV series called 4REAL that takes celebrity guests on adventures around the world to connect with young leaders who, under extreme circumstances, are effecting real change on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Celebrity guests for Season One are Cameron Diaz, Mos Def, Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes, Casey Affleck, K'NAAN, M.I.A., and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Beyond the exposure that 4REAL provides, the young leaders featured are partners in the show, with 50 percent of the proceeds going directly to their initiatives. 4REAL has aired globally on National Geographic Channels International in 165 countries and 34 languages, as well as on The CW channel in the U.S. and on CTV and MTV in Canada.