Reflecting On A Year of South America Travel: Travelers’ Reviews + Stories From Their South American Adventures

Travelers' Reviews

From the white sand beaches and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, to the ancient Incan ruins of Peru, stunning mountain peaks of Patagonia, and the vibrant culture of Buenos Aires, Knowmad Travelers experienced a lot in 2016.

They snorkeled with sea lions and kayaked next glaciers. They hiked the Inca Trail, and camped under the stars at nearly unknown ruins. They shared stories with gauchos and savored a meal with indigenous leaders. They connected with different cultures, communities and people throughout South America.

Whether our travelers went on a trip to be inspired, challenged, recharged, or simply to have fun, they came back with a new passion for South America. It was a pretty incredible 2016 as we continued fulfilling our goals of creating unique, heart-warming, adventuresome trips for people of all abilities and interests.

We’re delighted to report that Knowmad travelers were also happy with their adventures this year. When filling out our post-trip survey…

  • 91% of travelers rated their Trip Specialists’ knowledge on their region of travel as ‘PhD level,’ and many even responded ‘did you write the book on travel to my region?!’
  • 100% of travelers said their Trip Specialists’ attention to detail was excellent and/or very good.
  • 100% of travelers rated the excursion quality of their trip as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good.’

Thanks to all of our travelers for being part of this years’ spectacular Knowmad adventure. Cheers to more grand adventures in 2017!

Words from our knowmad travelers

Although the experiences sometimes leave you without words, one of our favorite moments, and one of the best parts of our job, is hearing from our travelers upon their return. Highlighted below are just a few of many messages and photos from Knowmad adventurers over the past year. For more reviews take a look at our South America Reviews page.

Travelers Reviews Chile

“A heartfelt THANK YOU for an outstanding and memorable trip to Chile! We had such a fantastic time, in no small part thanks to your thoughtful recommendations and careful planning. […] I’m glad to report every element surpassed our already high expectations. Thank you again for a truly fantastic adventure!”

– Lauren & Ross of Atlanta, Georgia

Custom Chile Trip


Traveler Reviews Peru

“Trip was great, exciting, interesting, informative. Got a real feel for the people of Peru and their diverse cultures. Guides were knowledgeable and answered the many questions we had. All in all a great experience.”

– Alan & Nanci of St. Paul, Minnesota

Custom Peru Trip


Traveler's Reviews - Argentina

“The trip you put together could not have been better. All went according to plan yet with some flexibility as needed or wanted. We loved being met at the airports by knowledgeable and interesting guides […] We travel to find new and unique landscapes and geographies, to observe economies and wild life, and to meet and engage in new and different cultures. Our trip provided all in abundance. Thanks for putting it together for us, we loved our trip!

– Repeat Knowmad adventurers, Chuck & Amy of Plymouth, Minnesota

Custom Argentina & Chile Trip


Traveler's Reviews Chile

“We want to thank everyone at Knowmad for putting together such a great trip and itinerary.  All of our connections, transfers and other logistics worked out just as planned. […]  We believe they are the best we’ve experienced anywhere in the world. […] The attention to design detail, the staff, food and guides were exceptional. We’ve told our friends (and will continue to tell them) that Knowmad is the first call to make when considering a trip to Chile.”

– Craig & Debra of Bloomington, Minnesota

Custom Chile Trip


Traveler's Reviews Ecuador

“Our trip was fantastic.  No detail was overlooked.  Ecuador was beautiful.  All accommodations throughout the trip were amazing!  Our guide in Ecuador (Gustavo) was super friendly and knowledgeable.  He was a birder so it was fun having all his knowledge about the birds of the Cloud Forest. Galapagos Islands were beyond belief.  Our guide in Galapagos (Manuel) was great too.  Each day Dan and I couldn’t believe how lucky we were and what a wonderful adventure we were having.  Each day was different and special. We loved staying on the islands and getting to know some of the locals.”

– Kim of St. Paul, Minnesota

Custom Ecuador & The Galapagos Trip


Traveler's Reviews

“We wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU so much for helping us plan such a phenomenal trip. We had an absolutely amazing experience and certainly have you to thank for so many great recommendations and the seamless nature of our travels, transfers, etc. Jordan – you’ve set up a wonderful team of capable professionals. We’d recommend Knowmad to anyone traveling to South America and hope to have the opportunity to travel with you again.”

– Jocelyn & Jon of New York, New York

Custom Argentina & Chile Trip


As we begin a new year, we just want to share one of Knowmad’s 2017 New Year’s resolutions with you: Keep Adventuring!


Chau Chau, Kayli


South America Travel Kayli KirkegaardKayli is an Operations Specialist at Knowmad Adventures, a company dedicated to creating unique, private and custom trips in South America. She has danced, swam, zip-lined and hiked all over Central and South America and is always excited to help others dream and plan their adventures. Read Kayli’s biography and others to learn more about the Knowmad team.