5 Must Do Activities In Torres del Paine National Park

Activities in Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine are spectacular granite pillars that soar above the landscape of what may be South America’s most incredible National Park. Get to Torres del Paine and you will see why Patagonia is known as “The End of the Earth.” The park itself is massive encompassing 598,338 acres. For outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll feel like a “kid in a candy store” trying to figure out how to best spend your time.  The park caters to all types of travelers from extreme backpackers looking to camp out for days to those looking to soak in incredible views from some of the world’s most spectacular lodges. Here is a list of 5 must-do activities to make for a great Patagonian adventure trip.

Join Knowmad at The Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo

Outdoor Adventure Travel

We invite you to this fall’s Outdoor Adventure Expo hosted by Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M, November 22 through 24.

The Outdoor Expo is Midwest Mountaineering’s biggest sale of the season with major discounts on gear and apparel! It’s also your chance to get involved with the Minnesota outdoors and adventure community. Come spend the day enjoying over 100 exhibitors and over 120 Presentations about everything outdoors related. The expo runs on Friday from 2:00 to 9:30pm, Saturday from 9:00 to 6:30pm, and Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00pm, and admission is absolutely FREE! You can find out more general information about the expo on the Outdoor Adventure Expo website.

Be sure to stop by the Knowmad booth during the day and don’t miss our presentations:

  • Machu Picchu and Beyond: Practical Advice for Making the Most of Your Peru Travels – Sunday, November 23rd at 1:00pm in Hanson Hall, Room 103
  • Patagonia Unbridled – Saturday, November 22nd at 3:30pm in Hanson Hall, Room 102
  • Exploring Ecuador – Saturday, November 22nd at 1:00pm in Hanson Hall, Room 102

We will be handing out a $200 travel credit coupon to everyone who attends our presentations! For updates join the Outdoor Adventure Expo Facebook Event.

Chilean Wine Country: The Next Best Vineyard Destination

Casablanca Wine Valley

The word is getting out about Chilean wine country, from established valleys like Aconcagua and Colchagua to up-and-comers like San Antonio. Chile is now challenging the best-liked wineries in California and France. With vineyards tucked into valleys between the jagged Pacific Coast and the foothills of the Andes, many within a short drive from Santiago, it is obvious to see why this wine region has been growing in popularity. For lovers of wine, food and culture, new wine routes are creating the perfect wine touring experience.

Best Family Vacations in South America: Peru, Ecuador and Chile – $400 Off!

Best Family Vacations in South America

Traveling as a family is importantThere is no better gift you can give to your children than traveling together as a family. When you travel with your children, whether they are still playing in the sandbox, braving the high school hallways, moving out for their first year of college, or walking across the stage to get their college diploma, travel not only creates lifelong memories and family bonds, but it helps your children grow into well-rounded, confident, open-minded and brave individuals.


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Peru Trip: Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & Lima

Peru Trip Travel

Discovering caimans in the Amazon, exploring Machu Picchu and cooking with a local Peruvian chef are just a few highlights from this fantastic Peru trip! Russell Phillips and Ron Thomas started their vacation at the relaxing Reserva Amazonica Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle. Traveling east to Cusco and the Sacred Valley they admired ancient Incan ruins and marveled at one of the most fascinating historical landmarks in the world, Machu Picchu. At the start of the third week Russell and Ron went to Lake Titicaca where they learned about the Uru culture and traditions. And lastly, the two spent a few days in Lima where they learned how to make ceviche with a local, award winning Peruvian chef and explored the city.