KNOWMAD ADVENTURES is a small company with big dreams that specializes in South American travel. We build custom itineraries for families, couples, and groups, and we also have hand-crafted Classic Knowmad itineraries you can choose from or use to jumpstart the planning process.
Created by a husband and wife team, Knowmad believes that by marveling at the world around us and opening ourselves up to unimaginable experiences, we grow. Travel brings us closer to Earth’s natural wonders and diverse cultures, as well as to ourselves.
Knowmad is dedicated to fostering those experiences and growth by building active, authentic and sustainable trips. You might find yourself talking weather with a Patagonian horseman over maté, or learning of Incan legends, dances and traditions from village elders in a remote Andean pueblo. You will find the hidden trails, meet the people whose footsteps have created them, and tread lightly along the path of discovery.
Our team of U.S.-based trip specialists along with local coordinators and guides throughout South America ensures that your experience with Knowmad is personal, not packaged. We’ll work closely with you so that your trip fits your travel style, interests and budget. We’re here to help you have the adventure of a lifetime.
Our Travel Philosophy
To us, the perfect trip is one where stress melts away. We touch, smell, eat, see and do things we’ve never imagined. Knowledgeable locals eager to share their homeland help us gain an intimacy with the communities and landscapes we visit. The perfect trip treads lightly, respecting both culture and environment. It pushes us physically just the right amount and rewards us with delicious food and incredible places to stay. The perfect trip is an experience, a journey that sets us free.
Knowmad believes travel should be as unique as you are. Our experienced team has intimate knowledge of our destinations and works closely with travelers to build unique, custom trips ideal for their interests and schedule. It’s your trip; you choose the date, and who you want to travel with, and we’ll perfectly craft an itinerary based on your input and operate it seamlessly.
From your first interaction with a highly knowledgeable Trip Specialist to your final farewell with your guide your experience with us will be professional, personal and above your expectations. Knowmad Adventures is the leading provider of specialized, authentic, private trips Chile, Peru, Argentina and Ecuador.
Knowmad Adventures is a U.S.-American owned operator based in the U.S. with local in-country coordinators and operations offices throughout South America. This means you get the best of both worlds working with easily-accessible North American Trip Specialists who can understand your needs, while also having the advantage of the up-to-date knowledge, personal contacts, insider tips, superior values, and on-the-ground support a local operator provides.
Knowmad Adventures prides itself on having the absolute best local bilingual guides. Who better to tell you about Patagonia than someone from the area? This local expertise enhances cultural interaction and makes for a richer experience.
Our guides and local outfitters are the best there are. They are trained in first aid, know the area, and are highly skilled at what they do. You are in good hands with Knowmad Adventures.
Our small-group trips combine the best of group and independent travel. With some evenings and in-town days free, you’ll have plenty of time to get recommendations and explore on your own.
Knowmad Adventures partners with local hotels, outfitters and transportation companies, so your trip costs are widely distributed in the places we visit. Many of our partners are small, family-owned businesses. We work with organizations that strive for minimal environmental impact and do the little things, be it reusable lunch containers for picnicking on the trail, biodegradable soap in the back-country, or hotels with green lighting.
Whether in a remote lodge, boutique hotel, traditional estancia, aboard a yacht, or in a luxury base camp, our trips feature comfortable accommodations that complement their surroundings. We seek out intimate places with lots of character but never sacrifice cleanliness, atmosphere, and security.
We believe the destination is in the journey. You may find yourself kayaking to the riverside cottage, riding horseback to the estancia, or rafting to base camp. When longer overland traverses and transfers are necessary, we travel in comfortable private vehicles.
“The Knowmad team put together the trip of a life time for us. Everything was perfect, from the guides to the accommodations to the activities, and their extensive knowledge of the area and personal relationships with the people we met in Chile were invaluable. We can’t recommend Knowmad highly enough.*
“Knowmad – you put together a one-of-a-kind vacation for my group that I’ll long remember and enthusiastically recommend. I thank you and look forward, with much anticipation, to my next adventure with you.”
“This trip ranks as one of my favorite trips ever! The Inca Trail was challenging but rewarding, filled with breathtaking vistas and amazing sites brought to life by Max – he was so knowledgeable and I appreciated having a local guide. We avoided most of the crowds due to your unique itinerary.”
“Peru and its people captured my heart. Simply remarkable and the trip couldn’t have been planned better. It’s really amazing how you put together a trip that my daughter and I both enjoyed equally.*
“It was an amazing experience and we would definitely recommend our friends to work with Knowmad.”
“Just wanted to say thanks again for organizing an amazing trip for us. It was everything I hoped for and more. Our guide Pavel also made the trip very special. Stay in touch!”
“Thanks for the organization, the trip was excellent! Everything went well and I had a great time. The areas you suggested are beautiful. My guides were very knowledgeable. I’m traveling to Bolivia and Peru next year and I will surely plan it with you.” -Adrienn, Budapest, Hungary CUSTOM CHILE
“I have organized travel groups for over 25 years and Knowmad Adventures is one of the best trip operators I have worked with. They recently put together a trip to Chile and Argentina for me and the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that was exciting, fun, and one that was appreciated by all of our 19 participants. I will be using them for all future trips to South America.” -Peter Olin, Director Emeritus University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
“After traveling to Chile two years ago with Knowmad Adventures there was no question as to who was going to help plan my trip to Peru. Thank you so much to Knowmad Adventures. The places they recommended, connections, and knowledge of these regions were impeccable. Knowmad allowed us to have a stress free, easy, breezy and beautiful trip to Peru. I highly recommend using Knowmad Adventures to plan your next trip to Peru or Chile!” -Deanna, Santa Barbara, CA
“It was a life-changing trip to be so immersed in the Chilean lifestyle and witness such amazing sites. We cannot thank you enough for sharing this Patagonia treasure with us.”
“We had a wonderful time! It was a great adventure, all connections were seamless, and all the guides were fabulous.”
“All the activities were wonderfully coordinated to mix physical activity with sightseeing to give us a “backstage pass” to the Chilean culture. What a great setting for a family reunion!”