Happy Birthday: Knowmad Celebrates 5 Years of South America Travel!

South America Travel

Five years ago Jordan and I tied the knot and shortly thereafter departed for adventures unknown in the land of Chile. There the seed of Knowmad Adventures was planted, nurtured and my, how it has grown! You’re not supposed to speak too loudly about the fact that you started a company with minimal industry experience, no business plan or, in our case, barely a plan at all, but I guess I’m having an overly honest moment.

Knowmad Adventures’ Lisa Kellenberger Featured in International Studies Abroad Newsletter

South America Travel - Lisa Kellenberger

Knowmad’s Media Manager, Lisa, was featured in the “Alumni Happenings” column of the International Studies Abroad (ISA) Newsletter for her work with Knowmad Adventures! She studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2012 with ISA and accredits her experience in Argentina for helping her gain the skills needed to work for an international travel company like Knowmad.

Southern Amazon Basin versus Northern Amazon Jungle Visit

Amazon Jungle Visit

Where to visit in the Peruvian Amazon?

An Amazon Jungle visit is the perfect extension to your Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley trip, or can also be a great main destination in Peru. It can work great both at the front or back end of your trip as a time to decompress and just relax in the jungle. You can either lie in a hammock on the edge of the Madre de Dios River in the Southern Amazon Basin, or cruise along the Amazon River in a luxurious boat as you look for the infamous pink dolphin. Deciding where to go in the Peruvian Amazon can be a difficult decision, and one many Knowmad travelers must make. Fret no longer! We are here to help guide you through that decision.

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Meet Our Peru Travel Coordinators, Katty and Haelin!

Peru Travel Coordinators


Did you have a great time on your Peru trip with Knowmad Adventures? Meet two of the special people that helped make that happen! Katty and Haelin are our wonderful Peru Coordinators. They work directly with Trip Planners Jordan and Renee in Minneapolis to ensure that Knowmad travelers have an incredible and unique experience from the time the land in Peru until they fly home. Gracias amigas for being such fantastic coordinators!

Travel to Brazil With Knowmad Adventures and The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Travel to Brazil

Knowmad Adventures in conjunction with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is proud to announce an incredible garden travel experience to Brazil. With awe-inspiring landscapes, forests and gardens, Brazil was also home to one of the most revolutionary landscape architects of all time, Roberto Burle Marx. On this incredible fourteen-day trip we will explore several of his landscaping projects while making our way through Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian gold route. Join Director Emeritus Peter Olin along with exceptional local guides on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure as we walk the streets of historic colonial cities, visit some of the countries most beautiful museums, observe the exotic birds and wildlife found in the world’s largest urban forest, see why Burle Marx was said to “paint with plants,” take a look at some of the country’s and world’s rarest species of plants, and much more!
This is our fourth trip with the Arboretum, having already been to Chile, Peru and Ecuador together. This Brazil trip is open to members and non-members – that means you!

Book by October 1st to receive a $100 discount! Registration deadline for this once in a life time opportunity is December 15th. Brazil garden travel information and trip highlights below!

Lost Lands of the Incas: Amazon Jungle & Machu Picchu Travel

Machu Picchu Travel Special Interest Group

Arboretum Director Peter Olin, Knowmad Co-Founder Jordan Harvey and our amazing Peruvian guides Delia and Wilfredo led 23 adventurous Arboretum members on a whirlwind 2-week Peru odyssey. Discovering Machu Picchu, piranha fishing in the Amazon, and sharing the day with the Amaru indigenous community were just a few of the memorable moments on this amazing trip. 

Knowmad’s Jordan Harvey Named Best Trip Specialist for Argentina and Chile with praise for Peru by Travel + Leisure

Travel and Leisure A List Jordan Harvey

Photo by Ezra Raez

Active South America travel fans, get excited, because we have some news for you! In the September issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, Jordan Harvey, South America trip specialist and Knowmad co-founder, was named for the second year in a row, the best travel specialist for Argentina & Chile vacations, with additional praise for Peru trips.

Top 3 Things to Do in The Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley Travel

How many days do I need to see the Sacred Valley? What should I do or see in the Sacred Valley?

These are all great questions! A common mistake people make when traveling to Machu Picchu is cutting their trip too short, and rushing through the Sacred Valley on their way to Machu Picchu. Although not as well known as Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley has incredible hidden gems of its own, and often times ends up being our travelers’ most memorable and authentic part of their trip.

Book Your 2015 Inca Trail Hike Now and Save Big: The Perfect Way To Experience Peru Active Travel!

Peru Active Travel Inca Trail

Back by popular demand, we’re offering last year’s pricing for 2015 Inca Trail Trail & Beyond trip again. The Inca Trail is a fantastic way to experience Peru active travel. This offer helps us get you signed up before it’s too late, as permits are selling out as much as six months in advance, and it helps you get a great deal on the best Inca Trail trip out there! Deal valid now through October 1st and will not be extended or offered again.