The Best Machu Picchu Hotels: Where to Stay in Aguas Calientes, Peru

Best Machu Picchu Hotels

Are you wondering where to stay at Machu Picchu or which places are the best Machu Picchu hotels? There are three common areas travelers stay in when visiting the sacred site of Machu Picchu: Cusco, the Sacred Valley, or Aguas Calientes. Hands-down, the best place to stay is Aguas Calientes. Just a short bus ride down the mountainside from Machu Picchu, staying in this small town means you’ll spend less time en route to Machu Picchu the day of your visit, and, therefore, more time at what is undoubtedly one of the most majestic and inspiring sites in the world.

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Shoulder Season or High Season: When is the Best Time of Year for Your Trip to Patagonia?

Patagonia Shoulder Season Chile Travel

Covering the southern-most areas of both Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is an incredible, out-of-this-world experience whenever you’re able to visit, and a region where you’ll be privy to some truly special features unique to each season. Patagonian springtime brings about the beautiful wildflower blooms and milder winds; their summers are full of warmer weather and longer days to spend out on the trails; and the fall brings with it striking color transformations and a quiet from fewer travelers. With each season having its own distinct benefits, your trip to Patagonia can be personalized to either shoulder season or high season to make it your own custom-crafted South American adventure.

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A Personal Take on Galapagos Animals, Unique Experiences + More

Galapagos Animals and Galapagos Trip Planning

Before experiencing the Galapagos Islands for myself, I was a bit of a skeptic. Wildlife and nature shows rave about the place and play spectacular footage of the archipelago all the time, but photographers have so many tricks, and I’ve been to plenty of places that didn’t live up to the hype. However, my week-long cruise in the Galapagos turned me into a true believer – not only did it live up to the hype, it became one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to and goes down as an unforgettable adventure.

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How To Travel Like A Knowmad: Stories From Kayli’s Trip + Things To Do in Argentina + Chile

Things to do in Argentina and Chile

Kayli, an Operations Specialist at Knowmad Adventures, and her partner Evan followed the path of one of our favorite Chile and Argentina combination itineraries. They began in Argentina’s colorful capital city, Buenos Aires, traveled south to the glaciers and mountains on both the Argentine and Chilean side of expansive Patagonia, and topped it off with a quick stop in the Lakes District before departing via Santiago in Chile. Read on for their best-loved moments, dramatic photographs, what they learned, and more.

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2017 Travel + Leisure A-List Winner: Jordan Harvey is the Best Trip Planner for Argentina + Chile!

Best Trip Planners South America

The results are in and Knowmad’s Co-Founder, Jordan Harvey, has won the 2017 Travel + Leisure’s A-List Best Trip Planner for Argentina + Chile! The A-List is Travel + Leisure’s annual selection of the world’s best travel agents and destination specialists, and we’re honored to be recognized on this list for the 5th year in a row.

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Making the Most out of the Patagonia Region: Combining Argentina + Chile

Patagonia Region Travel

Impressive mountaintops, pristine glaciers, and adventurous trekking draws travelers to Patagonia: 400,000 square miles that span the southern regions of both Chile and Argentina. This wild wilderness knows no man-made borders, and it can be difficult to decide between visiting Argentine Patagonia or Chilean Patagonia. The great news is that we can combine the highlights of both countries into one fabulous Patagonia region adventure!

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Renee’s Staff Itinerary Pick: A Luxury Machu Picchu, Peru Trip

Luxury Machu Picchu Travel

Peru was the first country to steal my heart in South America, and I’m still in awe today by everything it has to offer. Combine stunning landscapes of the high Andes mountains, rolling hills and lush green cloud forest with colonial cities, marvelous Incan ruins, a diverse culture, fascinating history, friendly people, mouthwatering food and some of the most spectacular yet authentic accommodations around, and you have Peru. There’s not much more that I could ask for in a perfect destination.

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Thoughts From Dan’s Experience Abroad: Where To Go + What To Do In Chile

What to do in Chile

Knowmad Adventures is a company that specializes in crafting private, custom trips to South America. One of the perks of employment at Knowmad is getting to travel to and experience all of the wonders of the continent we love. Having meaningful adventures in the countries we sell travel to not only serves as personal enrichment, but also professional. Visiting the region allows us to test out the services we sell and use our up-to-date, first-hand knowledge to continue improving trips for our travelers.

In January, our wonderful Accountant Dan and his fiancé Kelsey decided to take advantage of this unique job benefit by working remotely, living and traveling in Chile. Since their arrival, they have lived in Santiago and the coastal town of La Serena. They have also traveled throughout the country, from the Lakes District and far south to Patagonia all the way to the Atacama Desert in the north. In addition to exploring much of the central region of Chile, they also visited Argentina’s wine country.

After more than 6 months of exploring, we asked Dan to sit down and tell us more about what he has discovered during his time in South America, and how his travels abroad have changed his perspective.

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The Best Machu Picchu Hotels: Where to Stay in Aguas Calientes, Peru

Best Machu Picchu Hotels

Are you wondering where to stay at Machu Picchu or which places are the best Machu Picchu hotels? There are three common areas travelers stay in when visiting the sacred site of Machu Picchu: Cusco, the Sacred Valley, or Aguas Calientes. Hands-down, the best place to stay is Aguas Calientes. Just a short bus ride down the mountainside from Machu Picchu, staying in this small town means you’ll spend less time en route to Machu Picchu the day of your visit, and, therefore, more time at what is undoubtedly one of the most majestic and inspiring sites in the world.

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Shoulder Season or High Season: When is the Best Time of Year for Your Trip to Patagonia?

Patagonia Shoulder Season Chile Travel

Covering the southern-most areas of both Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is an incredible, out-of-this-world experience whenever you’re able to visit, and a region where you’ll be privy to some truly special features unique to each season. Patagonian springtime brings about the beautiful wildflower blooms and milder winds; their summers are full of warmer weather and longer days to spend out on the trails; and the fall brings with it striking color transformations and a quiet from fewer travelers. With each season having its own distinct benefits, your trip to Patagonia can be personalized to either shoulder season or high season to make it your own custom-crafted South American adventure.

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A Personal Take on Galapagos Animals, Unique Experiences + More

Galapagos Animals and Galapagos Trip Planning

Before experiencing the Galapagos Islands for myself, I was a bit of a skeptic. Wildlife and nature shows rave about the place and play spectacular footage of the archipelago all the time, but photographers have so many tricks, and I’ve been to plenty of places that didn’t live up to the hype. However, my week-long cruise in the Galapagos turned me into a true believer – not only did it live up to the hype, it became one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to and goes down as an unforgettable adventure.

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