Jordan Harvey, founder of boutique travel firm Knowmad Adventures, specializes in the southernmost countries of South America: Chile and Argentina, and their shared Patagonia region, a white-hot destination that has led to an uptick of dual-country itineraries among Harvey’s clientele. This six-time A-Lister has spent years of his life in the region, with stints living in the Chilean capital of Santiago, on Chiloé Island, and even the extreme remoteness of Torres del Paine National Park. It’s fitting that his company, now in its ninth year, was launched from a farmhouse in northern Patagonia.
Harvey’s Spanish skills also make him an excellent advisor for the rest of Latin America, especially Peru, Ecuador, and the Galápagos Islands. He spends about one month out of the year doing research travel, which means he’s well versed in the continent’s many distinct regions, from Uruguay’s Carmelo wine country to Otavalo and the Imbabura province of Ecuador. Harvey can also arrange Antarctica itineraries and Drake Passage cruises departing from the southernmost tip of the continent.
"We returned from our first Knowmad-curated trip last fall and called within a few days to book another trip with them! Jordan created our first trip to Patagonia and several other destinations in South America in November 2017. From our first conversation with him, to all of our subsequent communication with the rest of his amazing staff, I felt as if we were their only clients. The level of personalization of each trip is incredible. In order to make that happen, they have developed an incredible network of agencies, agents, people in native communities, and recommendations. We met so many people on our trips and had so many conversations along the way. It’s difficult to adequately convey how expertly Jordan and his staff curate every detail of every day. Every transport is smooth and safe. At no point did we have to navigate to or from a plane, train, or car by ourselves. Their trip documents are extremely well organized, comprehensive, and helpful. We felt the team’s presence at each new destination: we were met with unexpected room upgrades; gifts of books, wine, and candies in our accommodations; a special local cake delivered to us at lunch in a wine cellar, all with lovely cards wishing us well." - Michele Cowling