How To Make The Most Of A Trip To Iguazú Falls

Iguazu Falls

Iguazú (also known as Iguassu or Iguaçu) is the largest system of waterfalls in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. With 275 individual drops, the Iguazú Falls and national parks are located on the Iguazú river, on the border between Argentina and Brazil.

Because the system is so large and it is divided between the two countries, many travelers find themselves wondering about the logistics of how to make the most of a trip to Iguazú Falls. Below I go over the similarities and differences between the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, including how to get there, when to go, and I highlight a few trip itineraries that pair well with an Iguazú Falls adventure.

Jordan Harvey Wins Travel + Leisure Best Chile + Argentina Travel Advisor for the 4th Year in a Row!

Best Travel Advisor Chile and Argentina

Every year Travel + Leisure magazine assembles their Travel Advisory Board / A-List, a select group of travel company owners and operators “of the country’s most important agencies.” We are proud to share that Knowmad founder Jordan Harvey has been recognized by Travel + Leisure as the best Chile and Argentina travel advisor for the fourth year in a row!

Below, Jordan chats with us about some of South America’s new hotels, a few new excursions he’s excited about at Knowmad, and why working with a travel advisor can help you get the most authentic experience abroad.

Parting Shots: Things To Do in Peru – Biking, Hiking, Paragliding, Whitewater Rafting + More

Things to do in Peru, Trip to Peru

Though many travelers are only aware of the Inca Trail, there is a multitude of things to do in Peru to take advantage of the natural beauty and history of the country. Working along with their Trip Specialist, the Gagners crafted an active traveler’s dream trip to Peru which, in addition to the full Inca Trail hike, included biking, whitewater rafting, and even paragliding over the city of Lima.

Best Way to See the Galapagos Islands: Cruise or Land-Based?

Best Way to See The Galapagos Islands - Knowmad Adventures

One of the most common and important questions when planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands is whether to do an expedition-style cruise or a land-based Galapagos trip.  The answer really depends on your own personal travel style and what you most want to experience during your trip to the Galapagos. Knowmad Adventures Galapagos Trip Specialists are experts on all the possibilities, advantages and disadvantages that come with each option. Take a look at the guide we’ve created below to help you easily decide which option is the best way to see the Galapagos Islands!

Starting a Company: The Challenges + Triumphs of Starting a Travel Company

Starting a Company Travel

Big news on the Knowmad Adventures front: we’re closing on a new office this week! Remembering our baby beginnings, with Jordan and I sitting across from each other at the same table in a 400-square-foot former chicken coop, it seemed unimaginable that Knowmad would ever need a whole building to house its team. Yet the time has come and we’ll be moving to our new South Minneapolis location on 36th & Bryant (directly across from a Bogart’s Donuts – dangerous!) come September. More to come on that later…

What’s actually been pestering me all month, as I gather bank statements, tax statements, read over the inspection addendum, the closing disclosure, sign this, scan that, etc., is that something that should be so exciting gets so bogged down by plain old paperwork. Although it’s hard to escape one’s nemesis, I have to laugh at myself and my insignificant groveling when I think of the trámite we went through in purchasing a car in Chile.

How To Make The Most Out of Your Trip To Torres Del Paine, Patagonia: Including The Best Excursions For You

Torres del Paine Knowmad Adventures

A common question I hear from people planning a trip to Torres del Paine and a stay at one of the handful of excellent adventure lodges in this massive national park is, “what are the best excursions and hikes to do in Torres del Paine?” Of course the response to what would seem a straightforward question varies greatly on who you are and your preferences (Do you really like to hike? How long of a hike is too long? Do you also like to horseback ride? etc). But with that being said, there are some general suggestions that can help you make the most of your five or so days in Torres del Paine.

4 Unique Experiences + What to Pack For A Trip to Ecuador

Knowmad Adventures Travel South America

On a recent Knowmad Adventures research trip in Ecuador Tara and Renee wandered the ancient cobblestone streets of Quito, chased butterflies in the cloud forest, cantered through the pastoral grounds of a former president’s hacienda in the Andes, and danced with blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands. Their adventures included stays at the regal Casa Gangotena in Quito, the modern and experiential Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest, the historic Hacienda Zuleta in the Andes, and the tented, yet appropriately luxurious, Galapagos Safari Camp. It was definitely a challenge to know what to pack for a trip that incorporated such varied climates! Read on for stories they share from their adventures and, because we know you’re curious, what they wore…