The Riveter Magazine interviews Knowmad Co-Founder, Tara Harvey, in their ‘Story of a Startup’ column. Be sure to check out this one-of-a-kind, informative and fun, all women’s magazine here…
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Knowmad Adventures and Bikepackers Magazine is proud to announce an incredible group trip to Peru. We will bikepack through awe-inspiring scenery in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing through small Andean villages, snowcapped peaks and ancient ruins. On this incredible ten-day trip you will get well off the beaten path while biking nearly 100 miles and camping amongst some of Peru’s most breathtaking scenery. Don’t miss this opportunity to join Bikepackers Magazine Co-founders and exceptional local guides on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure as we bike through this stunning country, stand up paddle board on Andean lakes, explore Machu Picchu, walk the cobble-stoned streets of Cusco, zip line above the Sacred Valley and much more.
Last call for 2014 traveler photos! If you traveled with us in 2014 and haven’t sent us your photos or want to share more photos with us, send them our way to win a Knowmad Adventures Best of 2014 Photo Calendar and a 2 nights/3 days stay at the Reserva Amazonica Jungle Lodge in Peru!
“You and your team did such a wonderful job and I can’t thank you enough. Our guide, Celinda, was incredible, extremely knowledgable and passionate about the Andean people and the Incan culture/ruins. We learned more than I could’ve imagined to. We loved the picnic, the climb up Waynapicchu, Machu Picchu and the ruins tours, the cooking class and the trip to the Amaru community!” - Gina Grammatica. Gina’s testimonial really says it all. Thank you for the kind words, Gina, and we are so happy you had a wonderful time!
One of the saddest parts of my job is when someone contacts me excited to go with a loved one, family or group to hike the Inca Trail and I have to inform them that Inca Trail permits for their available dates are sold out.
It’s the night before your big trip. You’ve cleared your inbox and put on your vacation responder. You’ve organized someone to feed and walk your dog, water your plants and shovel your walk. You’ve gotten your immunizations, renewed your passport and notified your credit card company you’ll be making charges from abroad. You’ve cleared out everything in your fridge that will most likely go rank (but probably missed some things too!). And now you’re staring down a pile of clothes and a pile of who-knows-what that needs to miraculously fit into a suitcase and carry-on in under six hours (if you’re anything like the procrastinator I am).
Oh, the dilemma! This scenario was all too common for me and finally, after years of being on the move, I’ve got my packing down to a science. Tackled in this post are the ideal contents of your carry-on. Check out our FAQs sections for complete pack lists when traveling to South America.
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.
Photo via @calebjordanlee
Advice for traveling both near & far
There’s obviously nothing we love more than travel here at Knowmad and we’ve recently put our heads together to come up with ten of our favorite travel tips. Read on to take the glitches out of your next adventure.
We invite you to this fall’s Outdoor Adventure Expo hosted by Midwest Mountaineering and the U of M, November 21 through 23.
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.
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.