South America Travel & Trip Specialist
Knowmad Adventures works closely with independent-minded travelers creating innovative trips to South America. Our specialists in Patagonia, Chile, Machu Picchu, Peru, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Brazil, and Antarctica are eager to collaborate and create a trip as unique and authentic as you are, and our experienced South American operations team guarantees you get an insider’s perspective, superior values, and a flawlessly operated trip.
The Knowmad Difference
From the moment you call or email you will be amazed at how knowledgeable our Trip Specialists are, and custom designed South America trips are where we shine. There’s nothing we love more than listening to passionate travelers, getting to know them, and collaborating to create their perfect trip. That sincerity along with our vast knowledge and relationships throughout South America sets us apart. We’ll listen to your thoughts, discuss ideas, and put together a no-obligations detailed trip proposal and continue refining it until it perfectly aligns with your interests, travel dates and budget.
Born of the idea that travel is a unique expression of independence, liberation, and curiosity, Knowmad works with independent-minded travelers looking for unique and authentic journeys that are exceptionally well planned. We take out the stress, not the adventure. Learn more about our travel philosophy.
Your travels should be as unique as you are. Using your tastes and interests as a compass, our experienced team will create a unique, custom itinerary for you. We will continue refining this no-obligations proposal until arriving to your perfect trip. Learn about the travel planning process.
You simply will not find a trip with the same services for a better price than the custom trip Knowmad will create for you. If you do, let us know and we will refund the difference. The quality and value of your trip with Knowmad will be unsurpassed.
Get off the beaten path and go deeper. We know how to get where others don’t, with excursions that get you closer to the people and landscapes so special to each place. Browse our sample itineraries to get an idea of what there is to do in each destination.
Discover a country through a local’s eyes. Travelers consistently tell us having a local private guide made a great trip into an unbelievable one. Most trips blend guided excursions and self-discovery. Knowmad has the best guides in South America. Meet the team here.
Knowmad works with exceptional properties that complement their surroundings, whether a remote lodge, boutique hotel, traditional estancia, aboard a yacht, or in a luxury base camp. Our team personally inspects hundreds of properties every year and objectively helps you choose those perfect for you. Browse through our sample itineraries to see their featured accommodations.
Destinations to Inspire
If you have a rough idea of where you’d like to go, browsing by destination is a great place to start.
Ecuador & The Galapagos Trips
Ecuador contains nearly every ecosystem imaginable on the planet within a relatively small country. Visits can include cloud forest, Andean Highlands, historic haciendas, remote indigenous communities, volcanoes, Amazon Jungle and colonial cities. No Ecuador trip is complete without a visit to the famed and beautiful Galapagos Islands, one of the few places left on the planet where the footprint of humanity is minimal and a perfect laboratory for evolution with abundant animal species.
Peru & Machu Picchu Trips
Home to ancient civilizations, vast archeological marvels in unbelievable settings, vibrant indigenous cultures, and natural wonders spanning from unspoiled Amazon rainforest to towering Andean peaks, Peru inspires awe at every turn. Throw in diverse and delectable food and remarkably friendly people, and it’s no wonder why Peru is a traveler favorite.
Chile & Patagonia Trips
Along, narrow sliver of land clinging to the edge of the South American continent, Chile’s diversity of travel experiences matches its jaw-dropping geography and landscapes. Encompassing the world’s driest desert, fertile vineyards, cosmopolitan Santiago and eclectic Valparaiso, lush temperate rainforests of the Lakes Region and down to the peaks of Patagonia, this country pinched between Pacific shores and Andean peaks unveils incredible natural beauty and cultural intrigue at every turn.
Argentina & Patagonia Trips
High peaks of the Andes give way to awe-inspiring glacial lakes, acclaimed vineyards, endless vistas of pampas, and iconic Patagonian wilderness; this is Argentina. The thunderous Perito Moreno Glacier in the south and the immense Iguazú Falls in the north continue Argentina’s extensive list of natural wonders. A place where gaucho cowboys preserve the traditions of the estancias, and Argentine barbecue asados are prepared with pride and devoured in bliss. Soccer fans shout, and the bold flavors of Argentine wine mix with the European-influenced stately buildings in the bustling streets of Buenos Aires.
A vast country comprising nearly half of South America, Brazil holds some of the world’s most magnificent wonders: spot jaguar and howler monkeys in the Pantanal, feel the mist from the largest waterfall system in the world at Iguazú Falls, swap stories with local fisherman as you bob through the crystalline waters in the lesser-visited Costa Verde, and sip a caipirinha at a local haunt along the Ipanema boardwalk in Rio de Janeiro. With adventures as diverse and extraordinary as Brazil is big, you’ll be sure to have the trip of a lifetime.
One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Colombia is a country that truly brings magical realism to life. Relax on untouched Caribbean beaches while enjoying a cocada, learn a coffee farmer’s story as you hike through his groves, and embrace Colombia’s love of dance as you salsa the night away. From colonial villages nestled high in the Andes, to breathtaking views of the Chicamocha Canyon, to birdwatching in the jungle, Colombia has it all. Come experience the joy, resilience, and radiance of this undiscovered gem.
Antarctica travel is both inspiring and rewarding; gaze up at magnificent icebergs, explore little-known islands, and experience the incredible wealth of untamed wildlife. The best way to see Antarctica and surrounding area is by way of boat and other adventure activities like kayaking and/or ice-hiking. See various penguin species including chinstrap, Gentoo, and Adélie. Experience the awe-inspiring king penguin rookeries of South Georgia, the “Galapagos of the Poles,” as well as the incredible abundance of wildlife in the unique and diverse archipelagos of the Southern Ocean.
Let The Journey Begin
Planning a trip to South America might seem a little overwhelming at first. Knowmad offers door-to-door trip planning: first, we listen, and then we help you navigate the seasonal differences and itinerary options, resulting in a holistic, seamless, and custom-crafted experience, all at a guaranteed best value.
The simplest way to get started is to give us a call at 612-315-2894or to fill out this short form so we can learn more about your travel preferences.