Named “one of the best tour operators” by Frommer’s, Knowmad Adventures is a South American travel specialist that creates custom itineraries for families, couples, and groups. Knowmad has a US team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and local coordinators and guides in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru who ensure that each trip meets each traveler’s interests, budget, and travel style. Offering personal, not packaged experiences, Knowmad believes that growth comes from exploring the world and opening oneself to unimaginable experiences. The company is dedicated to fostering those experiences and growth by building authentic and sustainable trips.

Knowmad Adventures was founded by husband and wife team Jordan and Tara Harvey out of the idea that travel is a unique expression of curiosity, liberation, and independence. Knowmad is passionate about personalized travel and will create and refine a no-obligations travel proposal until the perfect trip is created. The company takes pride in offering exceptional excursions at great prices. Travelers who sign up for a Knowmad adventure are taken off the beaten path and get to experience a country like a local with the assistance of a local private guide. Travelers are also given an opportunity to go exploring by themselves.

Knowmad defines the perfect trip as “an experience, a journey that sets us free.” It is one that respects both culture and environment as well. A Sustainable Travel International partner and supporter, Knowmad Adventures makes its trips environmentally friendly by carrying biodegradable toilets, using reusable containers on the trail, and partnering with hotels that have green programs, among others. Furthermore, the company champions cultural sustainability by encouraging travelers to choose authentic experiences over touristy operations, lending out microloans to entrepreneurs in South America, and supporting the Amaru indigenous group in the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Cultural sustainability, according to Knowmad, is always about exchange and never about exploitation.