Lifelong Friends Take the Trip of a Lifetime – Galapagos to Machu Picchu

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Having known each other for decades, this group of four already knew any adventure they planned together would be a ball. They came to Knowmad to handle the details and craft experiences that would invite a deeper connection with the landscapes, wildlife, and locals. Little could they have imagined sharing a glass of vino with Margarita, the charming owner of 17th-century Hacienda Zuleta nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes, or exchanging stories with their guide Miguel at Machu Picchu as they walked through mazes of dry-stone walls built over 500 years ago.

Join this lively group of friends as they travel throughout western South America and see why they said, “Our trip was absolutely amazing! An unforgettable experience full of adventure and unexpected beauty”

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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.

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Just Got Back from South America


“We had such a great trip!! And amazingly, every single leg of travel was flawless the entire trip, we didn’t have a single delay and really never had to wait for anything the entire trip!!  I was so impressed… Overwhelmingly an incredible experience…we saw amazing wildlife and the scenery was unreal!  Everything was scheduled perfectly and I was super impressed with our hotels, service providers, etc!  Ecuador was super efficient and everything ran so well.” – Jill,  Knowmad Traveler | Custom Ecuador Trip |  March 2022

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Book Now and Save – A Collection of South America’s Best Adventures at Unheard of Values

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With travelers rushing to get plans on the books, these limited-time deals won’t last. This is a collection of incredible saving opportunities on some of South America’s greatest adventures.

  • Up to 38% off on some of the best guided expedition vessels in the Galapagos – La Pinta, Santa Cruz, and Isabela – for sailings through August. Free Galapagos airfare ($500 per person value) for expeditions from September to December. Book by July 15th.
  • $500 off per person on select Galapagos land-based adventures of 7 days or more.
  • 50% off for travel companion on the Amazon’s premier small ship expedition cruises Delfin I and Delfin III. Book by July 15th.
  • Up to 35% off on Luxury Class Evolution and Grace sailings through August, and $650 off per person on September – December sailings.
  • $300 off per person for custom Peru trips. Book by July 15th.

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Recently Returning Travelers: Galapagos Marvels All To Yourself

“Getting vaccines in February and March made it possible for us to travel now! We are so happy that we went ahead with the trip this year because so few people were there.

…Safari Camp was wonderful. They gave us a cooking lesson. Food fantastic! Blue Paradise was perfect, only 12 people and an incredible guide! Peter made our trip interesting. A wealth of knowledge! We were the only boat for 5 1/2 days!!

Paradise to ourselves. I would suggest for others to go now before the rest of the world opens up!” – Norma & Jim

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5 Reasons to Consider Traveling Abroad NOW!

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While everyone has different comfort levels and will begin traveling as they’re ready, we can’t help being ecstatic to be emerging from the fog of 2020/21 and hitting the road. Certainly, there remain additional challenges to traveling abroad that have us at Knowmad on our toes, like juggling testing and requirements for travelers, reviewing partner properties’ latest covid measures, and executing newly implemented operational protocols for guides and team members. However, the trip reports form our returning travelers and our own team members who’ve travelled recently are highlighting many incredible advantages, tangible and otherwise.

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Condé Nast Traveler Winners – Again! What Sets Knowmad Apart

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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.

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Savings & Unprecedented Wildlife in Galapagos

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Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands are open for travel and they’re seeing high demand for last minute summer or fall getaways, and also those looking further ahead to 2022. Ecuador is one of the few countries that is accepting proof of vaccination to enter the country (or, if not vaccinated you can also take a Covid test).

Working with some of our favorite Galapagos cruises, we’re excited to offer these incredible wildlife experiences at spectacular values (only until May 31st).

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Current Travel News & Info for South America

Ecuador is Open for Travel

Are you eager to explore and ready to plan your next adventure? With Ecuador open to vaccinated travelers (or those with a negative covid test), and Chile emerging as a global leader in vaccination rates, there is reason for optimism! We share updates on the current situations and entry requirements throughout South America.

Please note that since this post was published, all of our South American destinations borders have opened. Please see our South American Current Covid Regulations and Info page for details.

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Lifelong Friends Take the Trip of a Lifetime – Galapagos to Machu Picchu

south america custom travel

Having known each other for decades, this group of four already knew any adventure they planned together would be a ball. They came to Knowmad to handle the details and craft experiences that would invite a deeper connection with the landscapes, wildlife, and locals. Little could they have imagined sharing a glass of vino with Margarita, the charming owner of 17th-century Hacienda Zuleta nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes, or exchanging stories with their guide Miguel at Machu Picchu as they walked through mazes of dry-stone walls built over 500 years ago.

Join this lively group of friends as they travel throughout western South America and see why they said, “Our trip was absolutely amazing! An unforgettable experience full of adventure and unexpected beauty”

Read Full Post

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.

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