Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists + Knowmad Adventures

Knowmad Adventures Top Travel Specialists

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!

What is this award? It is having an unparalleled ability to plan trips that go above and beyond; trips that capture the essence of the destination and align perfectly with each traveler’s unique style. What does this award mean? It means listening, collaborating, creating; it means being on the pulse of trends and new opportunities, while also knowing the hidden gems that have stayed true for decades; it means understanding complex logistics, executing flawlessly, communicating with grace, and being there for support.

With that, we’re beyond excited to congratulate Jordan and Renee, these two embody everything this award means and more.

Awards like this give us a reason to congratulate each other for the hard work our entire team puts in each day. And it also gives us the opportunity to thank our travelers for making it possible, sharing their adventurous spirits, and trusting us to bring their vision to life.

As the Lao Tzu quote goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” and the first step in planning your own adventure of a lifetime is getting inspired. Take a look at Renee and Jordan’s favorite South America trip ideas right now!


Jordan’s top trip ideas for 2020

“Harvey focuses on customized travel to areas off the beaten path. In Northern Patagonia, for example, his clients have ridden horses up to the remote Cochamo Valley where they stayed in a candle-lit cabin and ate a home-cooked meal over a wood-burning stove. And at Knowmad Adventures’ lakeside camp in Peru’s Sacred Valley, travelers enjoy meals cooked on hot stones underground, fascinating talks on traditional Incan dying and weaving, and some of South America’s most breathtaking stargazing.” – Condé Nast Traveler

Iguazu Falls

argentina + Brazil: iguazú, paraty & Rio de Janeiro

Discover Argentina and Brazil’s contrasting world-class cities, boat to the base of raging Iguazú Falls, and explore the hidden beaches and colonial treasures of Brazil’s off-the-beaten-path Green Coast. VIEW >>

Custom Brazil Trip Feature Photo

hidden beaches of brazil: costa verde + rio de Janiero

Experience Brazil’s vibrant culture and dynamic scenery as you meander the cobblestone streets of Paraty, swap stories with local fisherman in the remote village of Mamanaguá, discover secret coves and deserted beaches, and visit the famed Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. VIEW >>



Renee’s top trip ideas for 2020

“Because of her unique knowledge of the region and her strong relationships, Davies can do true 100 percent private and custom travel in the Galapagos and Ecuador, whether their dream is to snorkel with a sea lion or penguin, or walk on a seemingly deserted white sand beach or bike through a mangrove forest and past the giant tortoises. And every trip Knowmad creates is based on three principles: cultural sustainability (facilitating positive and beneficial cross-cultural exchange), active travel (encouraging travelers to keep an open mind and to actively experience their environment), and authenticity (giving people a real and accurate view of life in another country in contrast to a bus tour or a ‘cultural show’).” – Condé Nast Traveler 

Ecuador Luxury

Galapagos & Ecuador Luxury Adventure

Extensive and luxurious, this adventure highlights all the best. Stay in a restored colonial mansion in Quito, spot wildlife in the lush cloud forest canopy, island hop the Galapagos aboard a small-ship expedition, and finish at the former president’s cozy hacienda nestled in the highlands from where you’ll experience Ecuador’s fascinating indigenous cultures. VIEW >>

Ultimate Galapagos Island Hopping

Ultimate Galapagos Island Hopping

This Galapagos experience is the perfect blend of small-ship cruising, and land-based exploring. By combining styles you get both the incredible wildlife experiences of the remote shore excursion areas, as well as the more independent, flexible adventures and beach time that being land-based — in a premier, luxury tented safari camp — affords. VIEW >>



Knowmad AdventuresKnowmad Adventures works closely with independent-minded travelers creating innovative trips to South America. Our specialists in Patagonia, ChileMachu Picchu, PeruArgentina, the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 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.