Well-heeled and adventurous travelers have long favored shoulder seasons when the amount of travelers in a destination dips (often times along with prices) and weather is still good (and in some locations it could be argued better than high season). Fall shoulder season for Peru / Machu Picchu and Chile / Argentina / Patagonia is in March and April and the best spots and some hikes, such as the Inca Trail, are booking up fast. The time to plan for these seasons is now!
From its remote, vast landscapes dotted with iconic peaks and bright glaciers to its unique wildlife and historic haciendas, all that which makes the Patagonia region magnificent can also make planning an adventure there a bit overwhelming. How do you choose and coordinate the logistics of where to go, what to see, and which activities to do? Knowmad helps you navigate the choices and plan the perfect Patagonian journey for your travel style, timeframe, and budget.
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!
Exotic wildlife sightings, the cobblestoned city of Quito, misty cloud forest, and historic hacienda life come together in this custom Ecuador + Galapagos Islands trip. Travel alongside this adventurous group of five couples as they embark on a journey through Ecuador.
Antarctica is unlike any other destination in the world: a vast expanse of nearly untouched, pristine wilderness, striking blue glaciers, and incredible marine wildlife. Once you’ve decided to travel to Antarctica, the question then becomes “What’s the best Antarctica cruise for me?” What are the options, and where do you begin? How can you seamlessly integrate your cruise with the logistics involved in reaching one of the most remote regions on the planet? Below, Knowmad Trip Specialist Krista helps you navigate different vessel and expedition options while outlining important factors to consider and, ultimately, will get you the best savings and rates.
A story told an infinite amount of times, crossing centuries, cultures and borders. Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Love. Marriage. Kids. And, if you’re especially blessed, growing old together. And yet, there is always a sense of awe, gratitude, and sheer luck when one’s found it. Love, actual love.
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The Sacred Valley is often overlooked; sometimes folded into itineraries as a region to traverse on your way to the infamous Machu Picchu or merely a place to acclimatize before a trek on the Inca Trail. Truly the cultural and natural heart of Andean Peru, the valley has so much more to offer. Discover why a stay at Explora’s newest luxury lodge may be just the reason you needed to jump start planning your trip.
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!
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Getting to the southernmost continent in the world is not easy but that’s not to say it must be a combination of tiring and long travel days. Below we share a Knowmad traveler’s trip to Antarctica by way of Argentina, with adventurous, relaxing, and fun days spent in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, and Tierra del Fuego National Park, all before they embarked on their once-in-a-lifetime Antarctica expedition.
There are two ways to get to Machu Picchu: hiking the Inca Trail or taking a train and bus combo. At Knowmad Adventures, a travel company that creates innovative and custom trips to South America, we find when travelers hear ‘The Inca Trail’ it often summons images of tent camping and multiple days of difficult hiking. But did you know you can hike just a part of the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu? An alternate option to the full Inca Trail, this fantastic single-day hike culminates at the Intipunku Sun Gate overlooking the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu just as the Incas did centuries ago. Find out how you can hike along the Inca Trail for one day to arrive to Machu Picchu and why you should consider including a hike to Machu Picchu in your trip to Peru.
“The ability to more fully understand one’s own culture and place in the world by experiencing other cultures” – Stephan, Knowmad Traveler
“It means soaring into new adventures while grounding me within my roots” – Joy, Knowmad Traveler
I asked our Knowmad Adventures past traveler community what travel means to them and a common thread emerged in their answers.
The era of covid has been brutal for the travel industry and many others. It can be hard, but even for us adventure lovers there are silver linings. Check out these incredible deals for future travel that allow you to get a trip on the calendar with unbeatable values and flexible conditions while supporting some of these Knowmad favorite unique, locally-owned property partners. These are unprecedented Knowmad exclusive promotions and they won’t last!
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).