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MEDIA CONTACT We love to share our love for South America. If you’re press and interested in getting in contact with us please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-616-8747 or email [email protected].
Condé Nast Traveler Top Specialists
Not one, but two Knowmad Trip Specialists have earned a spot on the Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists list! A big congrats to Jordan Harvey and Renee Davies for their continued excellence. See their travel planning profiles to find out why Knowmad travelers describe our Trip Specialists like this, “I’m not sure which metaphor to use to describe your travel knowledge – you are like a chef or a magician or an artist in the way your mind works.”
Top Travel + Leisure A-List Advisor South America for 2023
A big congratulations to our Co-Founder Jordan Harvey for earning a spot on this exclusive list for the 11th year in a row! It’s not one trip or one decision that lands you a spot on the A-List; it takes a culmination of many decisions – big and small, teamwork, and collaborating with many amazing travelers. Check out his feature here.
Knowmad Wins Condé Nast’s Top Honor for Galapagos, Peru, Patagonia, Argentina, & Chile
Knowmad is proud and humbled to once again be one of the few operator/agencies in the world to have not one but two of our specialists awarded with the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Experts accolade. Knowmad General Manager Renee Davies is recognized as the top expert of Galapagos, Ecuador & Peru; while Co–Founder Jordan Harvey for Patagonia, Argentina and Chile.
Travel + Leisure A-List Winner for the 10th Year in a Row!
This is a big one folks!! Knowmad Co-Founder Jordan Harvey won a spot on the Travel + Leisure A-list for the 10th year in a row.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that Jordan “almost fainted right there in the Dallas / Ft. Worth customs,” after finding out he had won the T+L A-List award for the very first time in 2013. A lot has happened in the last 10 years, we’ve grown, expanded into new territories, helped more and more travelers and at the same time, not much has changed. Our commitment to unparalleled levels of knowledge and operating capabilities in our regions has only strengthened and we continue to work hard to build innovative and unique travel experiences for our travelers.
We asked our past travelers to help us in congratulating Jordan by sharing some of their favorite travel moments, keep reading to take a trip down memory lane with us.
Travel + Leisure Spotlights Knowmad’s Peru Epic 9-Day Active Adventure & Inca Trail
Open for travel, sharply declining covid numbers, and a dearth of crowds has us pumped for Peru travel. We were honored when Travel + Leisure recently featured one of Knowmad Co-Founder Jordan’s favored Peru trips, which packs in big adventure in a short period of time. Are you ready to craft your own Peru experience?
Our Co-Founder Jordan Harvey was recently awarded a spot on the Travel + Leisure A-List for the 9th year in a row!! Take a look at his feature and learn more about the accolade here.
How Travel is Inspiring Hope for the Future
“In a post-covid world, we’ll be seeking purpose and growth and connection more than ever, and travel is about connection at a basic human level,” says Knowmad co-founder, Jordan. Read on for his conversation with Kerri Westenberg of the Star Tribune about today’s changing landscape, and how travel inspires hope for the future.
Condé Nast Traveler Winners – Again! What Sets Knowmad Apart
Jordan Harvey (with specialities in Chile and Argentina) and Renee Davies (with specialities in Ecuador & The Galapagos and Peru) have earned spots on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist 2021 list for the 7th and 2nd year running, respectively. It’s the perfect time to collaborate with our award-winning specialists to create the trip you’ve been dreaming about. Catch up with Jordan and Renee and find out what sets Knowmad apart.
Travel + Leisure A-List Award: Bright Future Award
We’re extremely proud to announce that Knowmad and Co-Founder Jordan Harvey have earned the Travel + Leisure A-list honor for being the top Patagonia, Chile, and Argentina specialist. Our 7th year running taking home the hardware, you may think as time goes on our excitement would begin to fade but rather it builds, striking a different chord each year. This year it feels especially significant. It’s a simple, yet profound symbol of Knowmad’s bright future.
We are proud to be one of the only companies in the world to receive both the Condé Nast Top Specialists and Travel + Leisure A-List awards, and also have two award-winning Specialists (Renee Davies is Condé Nast’s top Ecuador & Galapagos Specialist).
Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists + Knowmad Adventures
What is the Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist award, and what does it mean to earn a spot on this prestigious list? Join us as we extend a hearty congratulations to two of our Trip Specialists, Jordan Harvey and Renee Davies, for each earning this extraordinary award – their knowledge of South America travel is absolutely unmatched!
Travel + Leisure A-List Award Winner!
We’re beyond excited to announce Jordan’s recognition on the 2019 Travel + Leisure A-List – a collection of the world’s top travel advisors – for the 7th year in a row! As with every big accomplishment, it takes a village: for Jordan (and Knowmad) it’s the combination of like-minded travelers and a rockstar team of Trip and Operations Specialists that made this award possible. Thank you all!
Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists We Trust Award
Starting a business takes courage and leadership, tireless dedication and a steady vision even when faced with challenges, and a team devoted to the same values and ideals. Receiving the Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist We Trust award gives us the opportunity and reminder to slow down and congratulate each other on all of the goals – big and small – that we accomplish each day. We are so grateful Jordan has been recognized on this list for the 5th year in a row, thank you!
Condé Nast Traveler Experience Makers Award for the 4th Year in a Row!
What makes someone worthy of the Condé Nast Traveler Experience Makers award? This person is not just an expert in their field, but a person that views crafting the perfect trip as an art form. A person who is considerate, taking the time to listen their travelers’ interests, style, and needs; a person who is knowledgable, always on the pulse of new activities, cultural opportunities, and remote lodges; and a person who is passionate, someone who understands that the each trip is a unique reflection of the traveler that ultimately gets to embark on the journey. We’re proud to say that Jordan Harvey, Knowmad’s Co-Founder, is this person.
Travel + Leisure A-List Recognizes Jordan As a Top Trip Advisor for the 7th Year in a Row!
It’s a series of moments that have lead Jordan to his 7th Travel + Leisure A-List win. It all started with a big dream in a small cabin nestled in the Patagonian countryside. Here, Tara and Jordan spent many hours, days, and weeks developing their travel company. And today we take a moment to reflect on some of the triumphs and challenges that ultimately make Knowmad, Knowmad.
Condé Nast Traveler Highlights Knowmad’s Off-The-Beaten-Path Specialty with Choquequirao Trek Mention
We’re so thrilled that Knowmad was mentioned as the company to call for your Choquequirao trekking plans by Condé Nasts’s Traveler magazine! Traveler explains how the multi-day trek to the the lesser-travelled but equally magnificent Choquequirao indeed stands up to comparisons to Machu Picchu. Our founders, Tara and Jordan Harvey, have journeyed to the archaeological site themselves – affectionately called “Choque” – and came out of it more impassioned than ever, affirming that it makes trekkers feel about as much like Indiana Jones as possible.
Jordan wins Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for the 3rd Year in a Row!
We’re so proud of Jordan, and the entire Knowmad Team, for winning a spot on the Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists We Trust list for Argentina, Chile, and Peru for the 3rd year in a row!
2017 Travel + Leisure A-List Winner: Jordan Harvey is the Best Trip Planner for Argentina + Chile!
The results are in and Knowmad’s Co-Founder, Jordan Harvey, has won the 2017 Travel + Leisure’s A-List Best Trip Planner for Argentina + Chile! The A-List is Travel + Leisure’s annual selection of the world’s best travel agents and destination specialists, and we’re honored to be recognized on this list for the 5th year in a row.
Southwest Journal Feature: Minneapolis Based Travel Company Finds a New Home
Knowmad has packed their bags and moved into a new office space! Michelle Bruch from the Southwest Journal, writes about our move, exciting off-the-beaten-path trips we offer and more. Click the following link to read the full article about Knowmad, a growing Minneapolis based travel company.
Forbes Travel + Knowmad Adventures: Adrenaline + Zen – Five Trips of a Lifetime
“Sitting on a beach with a tropical cocktail is all well and good, but a lot of us get bored with that after about ten minutes. We’d rather do something that makes us feel alive. Testing our limits is (sometimes scary) fun, and as travel has come to be less about architecture and more about experiences, a great trip is one that sparks a personal transformation.
Knowmad is Featured in the Wall Street Journal!
We’re excited to share Amy Tara Koch’s Wall Street Journal article, “Holiday Getaways for Picky Procrastinators,” with you! Koch cites Knowmad’s expertise about Patagonia and suggests that travelers looking, “for better deals and last-minute finagling, book through a travel [company], such as Knowmad Adventures.”
Click the link above for the full article and give one of our Trip Specialists a call at 612-315-2894 to start planning your trip to South America today!
We did it! Knowmad Adventures wins Condé Nast Traveler Experience Makers + Top Travel Specialist Award for the Second Year in a Row
I’ve been the Media Manager for Knowmad Adventures for over three years and I have been tasked with writing about our accolades and press several times. It has always been challenging, because it is really difficult to accurately describe what an accolade like the Condé Nast Traveler Experience Makers + Top Travel Specialist Award means to our company.
Ask The Experts: Pregnancy + Newborn Asks Tara Harvey About Travel With Kids
Pregnancy + Newborn posed this question about travel with kids to Knowmad’s Tara Harvey, “we’re hoping to take advantage of my lengthy maternity leave and go on a family vacation when our little one hits the 4-month mark. We’re open to both domestic and international travel but would love some tips on picking a destination that’s baby-friendly. (We’re new to this!)” Read her full answer in Pregnancy + Newborn’s Ask the Experts column.
Jordan Harvey Wins Travel + Leisure Best Chile + Argentina Travel Advisor for the 4th Year in a Row!
Every year Travel + Leisure magazine assembles their Travel Advisory Board / A-List, a select group of travel company owners and operators “of the country’s most important agencies.” We are proud to share that Knowmad founder Jordan Harvey has been recognized by Travel + Leisure as the best Chile and Argentina travel advisor for the fourth year in a row!
Below, Jordan chats with us about some of South America’s new hotels, a few new excursions he’s excited about at Knowmad, and why working with a travel advisor can help you get the most authentic experience abroad.
Design Mom: Living With Kids + Home Tour Column Features Tara Harvey / Knowmad Adventures
Tara talks with Gabrielle Blair about the challenges and triumphs of raising a family and entrepreneurship in the Design Mom home tour column “Living With Kids.” Click the following link to read the full article and gush at the Harvey family home tour.
Active Over 50 Magazine: Adventure Travel Resource Guide Features Knowmad Adventures!
Knowmad is excited to be featured in the Active Over 50’s 2016 Travel Issue. Our Peru Active Explorer itinerary is showcased in the Adventure Travel Resource Guide authored by Don Mankin, a recognized writer and world traveler.
Knowmad Featured In Condé Nast Traveler: The Experience Makers 2015
They call us The Experience Makers; a compilation of travel experts from all across the world organized into four glossy pages of Condé Nast Traveler’s December issue. We help you immerse yourself in the local culture, escape the crowds and create smooth, worry-free itineraries.
Being awarded this accolade is an honor for our entire team. Saying we were “excited” when we found out would be an understatement – we’ve worked really hard to create unforgettable trips for our travelers and it feels phenomenal to be recognized by one of the biggest names in the travel industry.
Fashionable Mamuye Tote + Knowmad Adventures
Tara talks with Fashionable about using the versatile Mamuye Tote and Eyerusalem Passport Wallet during her travels in Patagonia. Click the link to read the full Knowmad Adventures + The Mamuye Tote Travels to South America article on the Fashionable blog.
24 Hours in Patagonia with Knowmad Adventures + Artful Living Magazine
Patagonia holds a special place in the hearts of Jordan and I. We first traveled to Torres del Paine together while we were engaged, hiking and camping for about a week. Freshly married we returned shortly thereafter to live in Chile’s Northern Patagonia and start the journey that is Knowmad Adventures, a boutique South American travel company with big dreams. We never hesitate to return to the region and every experience, be it in a new luxury adventure lodge like Awasi or roughing it with packs on our back, is unforgettable.
I was thrilled when Artful Living Magazine
asked me to give their readers a twenty-four hour window into what adventuring in Patagonia is like. Read on for a look into Awasi Patagonia Lodge and more…
Chile: Farm-to-Table Food + Wine Deal
Jordan Harvey Named The Travel + Leisure Argentina + Chile Top Travel Advisor For The Third Year in a Row!
Knowmad Adventures’ very own Jordan Harvey has landed himself a Travel + Leisure Top Travel Advisor hat trick. For the third year in a row, he’s proven that he has a depth of knowledge beyond other operators in some of the most adventurous regions in the world. Jordan’s knowledge of Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands) comes from his passion for sharing these culturally rich, breathtakingly beautiful areas and using his expertise to customize experiences that fit the uniqueness of each family, couple or group of friends that chooses to travel with Knowmad. When you speak with Jordan, you may be tempted to ask him to tagalong on the trip with you, given his enthusiasm and excitement in planning your experience. The whole Knowmad team is honored to have our very own South America Trip Specialist, Jordan, recognized again by Travel + Leisure for his talents. (more…)
Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine: The Sisterhood of Motherhood + Knowmad Adventures
I remember sitting in the waiting room for one of the many doctor appointments you go to when you’re pregnant and flipping through Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. It must have been during one of the early visits that the “5 Fascinating Moms” feature caught my eye. As an expectant mother I was nervous, naturally. How was I going to do this? Was I going to be nurturing enough? Patient enough? The stories of those five women filled me with wonder. How were they pulling it off? Not only were they tackling the daily challenges of meeting every need of a little human being, but they were doing it with style and gusto! Pursuing their own dreams, juggling careers and me-time. It seemed impossible.
Money Magazine’s Where to go in 2015 List
“Make this your best vacation year yet. No matter when you’d like to escape, this month-by-month calendar will help you find the best getaway – and the best deals.” – Stirling Kelso
Knowmad Adventures is thrilled to be featured in Money Magazine’s 2015 January – February issue for our Classic Machu Picchu trip idea. Read more for special April travel prices and why this itinerary is the ideal Peru adventure.
Cu-Boulder Study Abroad Alumni Spotlight: Translating my passion to real world opportunities
Knowmad’s Media Manager, Lisa Kellenberger reflects on how her study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina taught her how to “go for it” and “gave her the confidence and the skills to pursue a career [she] truly enjoy[s]” in her Translating My Passion Into Real World Opportunities article appearing in University of Colorado – Boulder’s Alumni Spotlight section on December 18, 2014.
StarTribune Business: Building adventure travel agency has been an adventure
Adventure travel company, Knowmad Adventures, is featured in the StarTribune business section for their unique approach and outstanding success. Be sure to read the full article here, ‘St.Anthony: Building adventure travel agency has been an adventure.’
The Riveter Magazine – Story of A Startup: Knowmad Adventures
The Riveter Magazine interviews Knowmad Co-Founder, Tara Harvey, in their ‘Story of a Startup’ column. Be sure to check out this one-of-a-kind, informative and fun, all women’s magazine here…
Women’s Adventure Magazine Features Knowmad’s Tara Harvey
Knowmad Adventures Co-Founder, Tara Harvey, talks about what travel has taught her about the business of babies on the Women’s Adventure Magazine blog!
Southwest Journal Features South America Travel Experts, Knowmad Adventures
Michelle Bruch writes about Knowmad’s beginnings, how they are expanding and their views on travel. Take a look at the Southwest Journal article: South America Travel Experts for the full story!
The Minnesota Laker/Pioneer Features Knowmad Adventures: The Knowmad Life
The Laker/Pioneer shares how Tara and Jordan turned their passion for travel into a successful business. Be sure to read the full article by Amanda Schwarze, The Knowmad Life, on their website.
Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Greatest Dream Trips’ Features Knowmad Adventures’ Patagonia Dream Trip
“If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? That’s what we asked our followers on Facebook and Twitter and the frequent travelers we interviewed on the streets of New York. Their answers spanned the globe, from an overwater bungalow in Bora-Bora to a South African safari to the beaches of Brazil. Here, our advice on how to make these dream getaways a reality—plus, the trips that are on T+L editors’ bucket lists.”
– Travel + Leisure Magazine, 50 Dream Trips Edition | Edited by Jacqueline Gifford and Brooke Porter Katz
One of those traveler’s questioned was Rosemari Herrero, a 30 year old investment banker. She answered “I would love to see penguins, go horseback riding, and meet gauchos in Patagonia. The mountains there are so beautiful.” Travel & Leisure Magazine naturally chose Knowmad Adventures to put together the logistics for this Patagonia Dream Trip, as they recently named co-founder Jordan Harvey for the second year in a row as a T+L A-List winner, expert in Chile and Argentina. This adventure includes explorations of both Argentina and Chile with activities like ice-climbing on the massive Perito Moreno Glacier or horseback riding in the infamous Torres del Paine National Park. We also added stops in both countries’ intriguing capital cities, tastings at off-the-beaten path boutique vineyards and more. Look for the journey in the South America section of the October 2014 Issue of Travel + Leisure Magazine, 50 Dream Trips and get the full details below!
South America Travel with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Knowmad’s Jordan Harvey made an appearance with Peter Olin (of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum) in Lake Minnetonka Magazine‘s ‘Out and About’ section. They are pictured here in the Galapagos Islands, the Arboretum and Knowmad’s most recent South America travel experience together. Be sure to take a look at details for this year’s trip to Brazil on our blog!
Knowmad Adventures’ Lisa Kellenberger Featured in International Studies Abroad Newsletter
Knowmad’s Media Manager, Lisa, was featured in the “Alumni Happenings” column of the International Studies Abroad (ISA) Newsletter for her work with Knowmad Adventures! She studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012 with ISA and accredits her experience in Argentina for helping her gain the skills needed to work for an international travel company like Knowmad.
Knowmad’s Jordan Harvey Named Best Trip Specialist for Argentina and Chile with praise for Peru by Travel + Leisure
Photo by Ezra Raez
Active South America travel fans, get excited, because we have some news for you! In the September issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, Jordan Harvey, South America trip specialist and Knowmad co-founder, was named for the second year in a row, the best travel specialist for Argentina & Chile vacations, with additional praise for Peru.
Design Mom Interviews Knowmad Co-Founder Tara Harvey
Tara was featured in Design Mom’s Growing a Family column on July 23, 2014! The interview touches on work/life balance, working with your spouse and the joys of welcoming Tara and Jordan’s little bebito, Trey, into the world.
Communication Arts Features Knowmad Adventures Web Design
Communications Arts featured Knowmad Adventures as their WEBpick of the day for our creative web design.
Best Chile & Argentina Travel Agent & Trip Operator: Travel & Leisure Awards Jordan Harvey
Ladies & gents, damas y caballeros, he’s done it again! Jordan Harvey’s travel planning skills have been praised before, but this week they’ve gotten international recognition as he was named the best travel specialist for Argentina & Chile vacations in Travel + Leisure Magazine. Check newsstands for the October issue and flip to page 94 or read about the Travel + Leisure A-List online.
“I almost fainted right there in the Dallas/Ft. Worth customs after landing from Chile,” Jordan says of finding out. “We work really hard and have unparalleled levels of knowledge and operating capabilities in our regions, but we focus much more on the experience and staying on the cutting edge in our destinations than we do on getting press and winning contests, so this came as a huge shock. Not to mention we’re probably the newest and smallest company on the list,” he added. (more…)
Tierra Patagonia in Travel + Leisure
Travel and Leisure recently named Tierra Patagonia, a lodge located on the edge of Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park, Best Resort in the T + L 2013 Design Awards. Being a design junkie myself, I wholeheartedly agree with T + L’s perspective that good design makes better travel (and better everything really). Knowmad, upon its creation, has been sending happy travelers to Tierra Patagonia’s sister lodge in the northern Chilean Desert, Tierra Atacama, and was thrilled to hear of plans to build a lodge that would no doubt just as seamlessly live and blend into its natural surroundings.
We were so excited, in fact, that we’ve decided to hop a flight down to Chile in a couple weeks to check it out. Stay tuned for the next issue of the Knowmad Travel Journal for our thoughts on this and other lodges in both Patagonia and the Atacama Desert.
Un Beso, Tara
About.com Features Knowmad Adventures
Knowmad is thrilled to be spotlighted in the article Custom Adventure Travel in South America with Knowmad Adventures on About.com.
The author Louis Friedland, a big adventurer herself, outlines that Knowmad is a “U.S. based (company) and owned by an American husband and wife team who believe ‘Travel brings us closer to Earth’s natural wonders and diverse cultures, as well as to ourselves.'” She says that their “approach to creating trips reflects that philosophy.”
Knowmad News: Published in Frommer’s Again!
It was rewarding last year when Frommer’s Budget Travel made our Northern Patagonia Odyssey itinerary their Featured Real Deal Trip as it’s an innovative and authentic itinerary that makes the Patagonia more accessible. Far more rewarding however, the magazine recently interviewed the Seviers who found us by way of the Frommer’s accolade, took the trip, and were blown away by how well it facilitated them being a part of the diverse cultures of the region.
GOING OFF THE GRID
(as published in Frommer’s Budget Travel, May/June 2012)
“My wife, Sarah, and I live in Manhattan. As lifelong big-city dwellers, a trip to Chilean Patagonia was a 180-degree change for us. We wanted to be immersed, not pampered. Only twice did we eat in restaurants – instead, we ate with our hosts in local homes. We stayed with a couple in Cochamo Valley – at one point we were eating fresh salmon the husband had caught the day before from the river that runs through their property. What I remember most: the wood stoves. There’s one in everybody’s kitchen, going 24 hours a day. The coffee’s always on, and you can smell the wood smoke all throughout the house. I’m desperate to find a way to import those stoves to New York—I just don’t know too many landlords who would allow it.”
–Ben Sevier, New York, NY
The related nine-night itinerary starts at $1,550. Call to talk to your trip specialist 1-877-616-8747. Or visit us online at www.KnowmadAdventures.com
Making Headlines: Frommer’s Chile & Easter Island
“Knowmad Adventures is one of the best U.S. tour operators.” – Frommer’s Chile and Easter Island, 4th edition pg. 61
Knowmad News: Featured in Minnesota Business Magazine
Minnesota Business Magazine named Easter Island as one of their top summer getaways this year. And who’s their preferred travel company to get you there and to other exciting South American destinations? That’s right – Knowmad Adventures!
To read the full article order an issue here.
Lake Minnetonka Magazine
A big thank you to our friends at Lake Minnetonka Magazine for featuring us in their February issue. To read the article request a copy of the magazine here.
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.