Wondering what to get the kids and grandkids for Christmas? There’s no better gift than the gift of travel and shared adventures. Here at Knowmad Adventures, a company dedicated to creating custom travel experiences in South America, we believe that travel makes better people, and better people make a better and more compassionate world. We also know that travel and shared experiences bond people together and make better relationships; and authentic, close relationships are the key to a full and happy life. Helping people bond with their loved ones is one of the greatest joys of my job, and why I love putting together custom, multigenerational trips to South America.
Pictured above, upper left photo: Krista Erdahl, Carmen Mancino, Renee Davies, Tara Harvey, Jordan Harvey, Amanda Bjorge, Kayli Kirkegaard, Jena Davison, Lisa Kellenberger (not pictured: Colin Bennett, Dan Luedke, Elizabeth O’Brien, Nikki Fox)
As summer fades to fall and fall to winter, we’re reminded to take a step back and reflect on our past year.
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 remote, vast landscapes dotted with iconic peaks and bright glaciers to unique wildlife and historic haciendas; for nature and adventure lovers Patagonia is unparalleled. But all that makes it magnificent can also make planning Patagonia trips a bit overwhelming. This article breaks down Patagonia’s main locations, helping you navigate the choices in planning the perfect Patagonian journey for your travel style, time frame, 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!
“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
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.
“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.