Did you know that the famed Inca Trail, taking you to the Inti Punku sun gate and down to Machu Picchu, is actually just a small portion of the tens of thousands of Incan roads build throughout South America? Or how about that Cusco is higher in elevation than Machu Picchu? Peru is a fascinating country with a rich history.
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Knowmad Adventure’s very own Jordan Harvey has landed himself a Travel + Leisure Top Travel Advisor hat trick. For the third year in a row, he’s proven that he has a depth of knowledge beyond other operators in some of the most adventurous regions in the world. Jordan’s knowledge of Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands) comes from his passion for sharing these culturally rich, breathtakingly beautiful areas and using his expertise to customize experiences that fit the uniqueness of each family, couple or group of friends that choose to travel with Knowmad. When you speak with Jordan, you may be tempted to ask him to tagalong on the trip with you, given his enthusiasm and excitement in planning your experience. The whole Knowmad Team is honored to have our very own South America Trip Specialist, Jordan, recognized again by Travel + Leisure for his talents.
We share discounts at some of South America’s most prominent lodges. Don’t miss these deals, many of them are ending soon!
Capturing a city in all its essence is a difficult task – the vivacity of porteños laughing loud above the noise of city buses and bustling foot traffic, brightly colored buildings and intricate architecture, fruit stands on every corner and vibrant street markets. However, your kitchen is a good place to start. Let your taste buds wander and cook up the flavor of Buenos Aires at home with our traditional beef Argentine empanada recipe below.
How does one go about picking a name? It’s a strange concoction that comes together…a little bit impulse, but also thought out. Something that sounds good, but also encompasses meaning. Something that defines you, but also speaks to many. It takes pondering. It takes time.
Perhaps it’s the mysterious history of the Rapa Nui or Polynesian People, the huge Moai stone statues, or the remoteness that is drawing you to visit Easter Island. Whatever your interests may be for visiting Easter Island, we’ve highlighted 5 tips for anyone planning a trip to this once-in-a-lifetime destination to ensure a high quality experience.
“I feel like the journey to get there made me appreciate the experience all the more,” says Lisa of her and Brittany’s hike up the Inca Trail to the famous Machu Picchu ruins this past March. During their time in Peru they found themselves exploring the Sacred Valley, sharing stories with the Amaru community, and treading lightly on the same path the Incans forged centuries ago. After returning home Brittany expressed that their “trip was perfect. It couldn’t have been any better!” and she exclaimed she will “definitely be going back in the future.” We are thrilled their South American adventure was everything they hoped it to be.
Everything that Patagonia is can be gleaned from the gaucho. At once raw but majestic, serene until not, beautiful yet callused, dignified while disenfranchised, timeless but threatened.
We are so excited to introduce the newest member of the Knowmad Adventures team – welcome Molly Stern! Molly is a Minnesota native who has always been curious about other countries and cultures. After living in Costa Rica for a semester in college she was inspired to make travel a big part of her life and traveled to Venezuela, Peru and more. Today she aims to “take [her] passion for adventures and create meaningful international experiences” for others.
Nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes at around 9,600 feet above sea level lies a property little known to the world at large. A place where long standing traditions continue to be practiced and weaved into the pattern of daily life. A place where they are less concerned about the latest Apple product and more concerned with preserving the unique aspects of their community and the environment around them.