Our trip to Peru was absolutely fantastic. From setting all the itinerary up (with Susann's and Berni's great help) to the warm reception while there and all the way to getting to know a wonderful guide like Edgar that took such good care of us for the entire stay.
A fabulous first time experience in a marvelous place with the nicest people around taking good care of us.
Highly recommend to everyone.
12th April 2018
Over the Christmas season we used Jacada to organize our trip to Peru. The team was extremely knowledgeable during the planning phase, and the on-ground team were exceptional. They recommended several unique day trips that were outside the standard tourist fare which really made the trip extra special. I would not hesitate to recommend Jacada Travel and we will definitely use them again in the future.
09th January 2018
This is the second trip Jacadsbplanned for us. The first was an extraordinary experience in South Africa. This trip was to Peru and Ecuador. Jacads did a wonderful job arranging our hotels and guide. Alll were superb. They also found a tented camp for me in the galapogos since I dodo not want to stay on a boat. It was. Beautiful and definitely the right choice. I would not hesitate to use Jacads for my next adventure
08th December 2017
Jacada,in particular George,advised and arranged our trip to Galapagos,the Sacred Valley,Machu Picchu,and the Amazon forest.It was a bit of a hectic adventure rather than a holiday,but the arrangements were seamless,the guides perfect,the hotels exquisite.In fact everything that their website boasts!Without all their expertise it would have taken a lot more than the three weeks which we had available.
We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Jacada and plan on using them again.
21st December 2017
We are very glad we went with Jacada versus a local travel agency. We were a little weary of communicating over the phone and via emails, but the Jacada group have the experience first hand of going to the countries, places, even restaurants you want to visit, and I think with this approach, we knew exactly what we were getting out of a trip because Jacada knew exactly what they were giving. The trip itself was amazing and everything seemed to be taken care of for us. This allowed us to just enjoy our surroundings. So great!
Becca & Matt
18th October 2017
Jacada Travel helped plan a trip to Peru for me and my boyfriend this past October. Lily Bunker worked closely with me developing an itinerary that was personalized and perfect. Her team, including Susann Pietschmann were in contact with us throughout the planning process and made adjustments along the way to accommodate our needs.
The attention to detail (even personalized notes in each hotel room), stellar guides and incredible hotel accommodations were beyond impressive. Not to mention recommendations to some of the best restaurants in the world. It seemed they thought of absolutely everything.
I must call attention to Marco, one of our guides. He was with us during our stay in Sacred Valley, Cusco and then for our trek on the Inca Trail. A time span of about 8-9 days. We were so fortunate to have him as our guide. A complete professional, Marco was passionate about his country. He shared so much of his knowledge of the history of Peru and the Inca people. We truly feel we had a unique, personalized experience and in turn, fell in love with the country as we learned about the peruvian culture and people.
This was the first trip with Jacada as I usually manage the itinerary for our travels myself, but not anymore. We cannot say enough about how well worth it was to just "let go" and let the Jacada team take care of everything.
23rd November 2017
Excellent start ..to... FINISH!
Lily Bunker and her team wove together my ever changing plans seamlessly!
Great travel suggestions as well, as i added a last minute "detour" to Machu Picchu ....again it was done with no disruption. Local Tour guides were very good (along with the drivers and "transfer" hosts). One minor hiccup was immediately rectified without any fuss! i am looking forward to our next trip(s).....thanks very much....best regards, Ray & Alice Del Savio
Ray & Alice Del Savio
29th November 2017
Very good trip to Peru and Ecuador. Fabulous local guides and beautiful locales chosen. One particular hotel in Quito was just ok but the others were wonderful. Small details were taken care of. I also got help for my stolen cash in terms of police filing etc. Well done Jobi and Jacada. I will recommend Jacada to friends and am looking forward to my next trip with Jacada in December.
30th August 2017
Beyond expectations! Work with George and Susann and you will have no worries! My wife and I live in the USA and needed someone to coordinate our trip to The Galapagos Islands, Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu, and an Amazon River Cruise. Our trip was flawless and a guide was holding our hands at every juncture. Go with Jacada for an incredible journey!
Thanks for the opportunity to applaud these good folks.
04th April 2017
We just returned from a three-week trip to Peru and Ecuador arranged by Jacada. While we normally schedule our own travels, we wanted to see Machu Picchu, the Amazon rainforest, and the Galapagos and knew we needed help. After reviewing several companies, we decided on Jacada because of its experience, positive reviews, and responsiveness. We found Jacada to be outstanding in all regards, from planning to execution. Our representatives were Emily and Suzann who were very knowledgeable about South America and who provided detailed information on transportation, guides, hotels, restaurants, and excursions. They also were exceptional in helping us determine a budget and offering options that would meet it. For example, we really wanted to stay at the Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu and have a suite for our Galapagos cruise (both pricey) and were perfectly happy to stay at a Marriott or Hilton in other cities at a lower cost. Both Emily and Suzann kept in constant touch during the planning process, responding immediately with emails or phone calls. They even got us restaurant reservations in Lima at Central and Maido (5th and 8th in the world, respectively). The trip turned out to be perfect in every way. Our tours were fantastic, and our drivers and guides were outstanding, always prompt, very friendly, and helpful. This was particularly important during challenging times, such as the 6-hour delay from Machu Picchu due to a landslide on the train tracks; Adrianna and Antonio were there waiting for us and smiling and got us to Cusco at 2am! Emily and Suzann also kept up with us during the trip with small notes at the hotels and a lovely gift of alpaca scarves. Because of the attention to details and overall quality of the trip, we would not hesitate to book with Jacada again and highly recommend it.
02nd May 2017
All the Jacada people were great to be with. They assisted us from the planning through to the execution of our journey. The home office people were very knowledgeable in setting up our travel plan and the guides and drivers got us to all the places and informed us well regarding the sights.
Machu Picchu was the center point of our adventure and the assistance of our guide Nilo made it every bit of our expectations and then some.
Visiting the Sacred Valley in advance of M P gave reference to the role and life of the Inca nation and made the visit to MP much more worthwhile.
Also, feeding the baby Alpacas that morning was great fun........
As an added bonus to our trip, we were set up with a cooking class in Cusco that was fantastic for us. Peruvian cuisine organized by a master chef and then able to enjoy it all was our best meal of the trip.
John and Jane Curtis
10th April 2017
Jacada Travel arranged our family holiday in South America , including the Inca Trail and
Galápagos Islands. The arrangements were faultless and much exceeded our expectations
A T Yusef
15th May 2017
Jacada thought of everything! Their expertise and foresight made our trip to Peru an incredibly memorable experience. I don't know where my next trip will be taking me... but I know that Jadaca will be behind it.
13th May 2017
George organized a tour for us which was absolutely suited to our needs. Not only did he put this together, but he did so on very short notice after another tour company cancelled our tour on quite short notice. From the time we arrived at our home airport in Toronto at the start of our vacation, until the date that we arrived at our leaving airport in Quito, Ecuador, at the end of our vacation, George organized this tour every step of the way. Not only were the drivers and tour guides on time and extremely helpful, but George himself arranged to leave notes and treats for us along the way to greet us as we arrived at each of our destinations. These extra "goodies" were unexpected but surely provided my wife and I with much pleasure and delight. I would not hesitate to recommend Jacada to others and, in fact, I have already done so in the first week following my return from vacation. Thank you so much for an amazing experience!
05th May 2017
We just returned from our second trip, planned by the team at Jacada Travel. Once again, the overall experience was exceptional. No detail is lost by their team. We felt we were in very good hands, during our entire trip. We spent 20 days in Peru, including the physical challenge of hiking the Inca Trail. Our guide made changes on the fly, to accomodate my difficulty with the altitude, without which I probably would have been forced to turn back. With his experience and knowledge, I was able to successfully complete the hike. There is so much work that happens before departure, seriously, they think of everything. Thanks once again. I have and will continue to highly recommend Jacada Travel.
Bart and Ranae
02nd July 2017
Jacada Travel curated a flawless travel experience for our family to Ecuador and Peru. Our trip was packed with activities ranging from mountain biking, hiking, snorkeling, cooking classes and cultural and architectural tours. All of the guides provided by Jacada were super friendly and knowledgeable. The hotels and restaurants recommended by Jacada were fantastic as well. This was a trip with a lot of moving parts - travel by planes, train, car and boat - all without a hitch! I highly recommend Jacada Travel, and will use them again in the future.
01st July 2017
We traveled for two weeks in South America. Starting in the lovely historical city of Quito, we knew we were in for a treat. Jacada handled every detail of our travel, pick-up, hotel, touring, restaurant experiences, etc. flawlessly. They transferred us to the next part of our trip, the Galápagos Island cruise without a hitch. We enjoyed five days on the Santa Cruz II, which offered superior service, excellent accommodations, as well as wonderfully prepared
food, and well educated, knowledgeable guides. You could not ask for more.
Once we retuned to land we were back in Jacada's capable hands as we flew to Peru. We continued to explore the land and history of the Inca people. Everywhere we visited, each hotel we stayed in, each guide who lead us was exceptional. I have traveled extensively in my life but have never felt so worry free on a trip before this time. I would not hesitate to recommend Jacada to any traveler looking for a first class experience, worry free, on their vacation. I would give them 6 stars.
13th June 2016
Having given an outline of what we wanted to see and do, the centerpiece being to take the Hiram Bingham train and stay at Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, Jacada ( Ciara Owens in particular) gave us excellent advice and put together a fabulous experience. The hotels were wonderful. The pacing of the trip and the private guides arranged for us were exceptional We had time to absorb what we were visiting and enjoyed the services of very open, knowledgeable, flexible, well informed and personable guides. There were extras in addition to the sights we wanted to see. One guide planned a 'picnic' for us, unlike any I have ever had. A tent, with rugs, cushions, facing snow covered mountains, and delicious Peruvian foods, catered by a charming young couple from Cusco. Edgar also took us to an animal rescue where we saw a spectacled bear cub, orphaned and just 6 months old, a baby vincuna, and condors up close and personal. We had a visit to a family farm high in the Andes and learned how they work the fields, and prepare and spin wool into those marvelously inticate weavings. Sheep to loom and finished products, plus a home cooked meal with 4 shy and curious, proud and happy women and a 5 month old baby. In their home. Travel connections were well planned and booking taken care of by our guides. Everything ran so smoothly! When we wanted to see the Ice Maiden in Ariquipa, which had not been on our itinerary, Jose provided extra time for us to do this and a personal tour of the exhibits. He also took us to visit a local one-room school in the Andes which was eye opening in terms of how the indigenous people live. And included a birthday cake and song for my travel partner. The 2 students who showed up that day, of the 21 who may travel up to 3 hours to get there on any given day, work and weather permitting, clearly found us rather exotic and were thrilled to be given the little cake our guide had secretly brought along. Very touching. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
02nd June 2016
Had a wonderful trip which was well organized by George. The accommodations were first class as were the tours and tour guides. We were so well taken care of by everyone associated with this company. Always felt safe and looked after. Would highly recommend it.
02nd June 2016
Jacada, and Ciara/Susann in particular, did an amazing job of organizing our trip. We did three countries, eight locations and ten flights without a hitch. The local support was excellent and the advice as to things to do on the ground was really useful. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone.
02nd June 2016
Outstanding vacation! Everything went extremely smoothly, Jacada representatives were with us every step of the way, accommodations were outstanding, and tour guides were superb. This was a vacation with an aggressive itinerary that went flawlessly. All of the tour guides were top notch and Jacada was able to secure reservations at the top places for us. We would not have changed a thing and highly recommend Jacada for complex travel arrangements. No detail was overlooked. We very much enjoyed our two days at Machu Picchu, hiking to the top of Huayna Picchu, and the scenic train ride. We spent a few days aboard the Delfin I in the Amazon and very much enjoyed the intimate small boat setting. Our Galapagos cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II was also amazing. Overall, fantastic trip!!!
12th May 2016
Jacada arranged our trip to Peru. Four hotels, three cities not one snag. First class hotels, guides and drivers that made a difference; insightful, helpful and great people. Passionate about their jobs. They structure your day but leave time to explore on your own. Just follow their recommendations and you can't go wrong.
12th May 2016
We would highly recommend Jacada Travel. They were thorough and thoughtful. We were taken care of from morning until night each and every day of our trip. Attention to detail was exceptional. All of our guides were knowledgeable and kind. We had a fabulous holiday thanks to Jacada Travel's trip designers. Many thanks and cheers to our trip designers, guides and drivers!!
04th May 2016
Personable and professional......knowledgeable and insightful..... Caring and committed..... The Jacada team helped create an adventure of a lifetime for my family!!!! Looking forward to the next!
12th July 2016
Jacada provided us with the utmost in professionalism in planning our trip to Peru. Accommodations were beyond expectations and guides provided were both personable and willing to do whatever needed to be done to ensure that our trip was perfect. Along the way, they even threw in a few unexpected surprises which enhanced our experience even more. Not only will I unconditionally recommend them to friends and family, I already have while also contemplating my next adventure for them to plan and organize for us.
25th October 2016
An adventure, different than any other vacation. Attention to detail by Jacada's personnel and "hands on" service was beyond belief. Guides were unbelievably knowledgable. That alone made one feel comfortable.
20th September 2016
Me and my friends were planning for a trip to Peru since the beginning of 2016, and We did the right decision when we chose Jacada Travel to handle all the details for our trip ! We had a wonderful experience, the 12 of us ! excellent accommodations, friendly tour guide and perfect care of the little details ! We will totally travel with them again to other destination ! I personally loved how they are well arranged from the day I emailed them and then working on the perfect itinerary together and later living the great details in real in Peru ! it was definitely the ultimate trip with adventure, sightseeing, luxury, cultural experience and more
23rd August 2016
Every detail of our 15 day trip to South America was perfect from the meeting us at the airports to the English speaking guides/private drivers to the beautiful hotels! I would definitely use Jacada again.
22nd August 2016
Jacada and Emily Opie planned the 10 day trip my daughter and I took to Peru earlier this month. We visited the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lima, Cusco and the Amazon. Jacada arranged transportation, guides, activities, hikes and some meals. They did a great job -- trip was fabulous, guides fun and knowledgeable and logistics close to flawless.
19th August 2016
Our trip to Peru was nothing short of an adventure! Each of our destinations was planned out perfectly, and the order in which we saw the various parts of the country was well thought out, considering the challenge of the altitude. So much so that we acclimated very well as we traveled throughout our 2 weeks. We started in the Amazon and finished up on serene beautiful Lake Titicaca, with amazing culture filled stops in between in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun to be around. We loved it! Thank you Jacada Travel!
19th August 2016
First time visiting Peru and I got really sick getting over there - probably food poisoning from something I ate before I left US. Jacada and their guides were with us every step of the way, getting me the medical attention that I needed and they were all so caring and flexible. With their help and the help from the local hospital, I was able to recover fully in 2 days and resume our trip - even climbing up to Wayna Pichu afterwards!!
Thank you Jacada, Lily, Susanne and our local guides Nilo, James, Daniel, Marisol for the most fabulous 25th anniversary trip!!
06th January 2017
Lily at Jacada Travel did a wonderful job planning our trip to Peru and Galapagos.
13th December 2016
Every aspect of the travel experience was right on and taken care of from recommendations of sites and length of stay to printed boarding passes at our departure. Selection of hotels and restaurants choices were perfect. Hiking was as advertised, spectacular and tough, but doable thanks to the excellent guide.
13th December 2016
65 year old Canadian cardiologist who has traveled moderately previously (Nairobi, Nepal, SE Asia, etc) with the most recent trip to Kyiv Ukraine who wanted an organized excellent educational tour of Peru (Cuzco, Lake Titikaka, Machu Picchu, Amazon, Lima). Jacada was superb with great pretrip internet and telephone consultation as well as guiding my wife and myself thru the entire visit (not intrusive yet comprehensive). When we asked for something additional they organized it to our satisfaction. Fernando the guide in Cuzco/Sacred Valley was the best guide we have ever had, knowledgeable, taking our requests in stride and supporting yet not pushing us. If you want to visit and enjoy a Peruvian trip this is for you.
29th November 2016
Jacada's group of professionals made our trip to Peru very special. They anticipated situations and provided the best experience possible.
31st October 2016
Jacada planned a wonderful two week trip for us. Everything was set to perfection. Hotels, travel, tours, and everything else set up through Jacada was amazing. You definitely get the service and trip you pay for. We would and will use them again for another trip.
22nd January 2014
I recommend Jacada highly to anyone - our trip was perfectly planned - all of our guides were great, our hotels were great, the itinerary was well thought out. We will use Jacada again when we next travel abroad. Jen, our agent there, thought of every detail and had the trip highly organized. Thanks to the thoughtful planning, we had an incredible family trip!
21st January 2014
This is the first time I ever used Jacada Travel and I am spoiled for life. The vacation was perfect. The hotels, driver and tour guides were exceptional.
24th January 2014
I could sense that the Travel Designer (Jennifer) is somehow tracking our every move and always communicating with the people on the ground that on the needs to have her clients be looked after well. Our journey was tight with many early flights to catch (new year's day at 4 am). Assistance to ensure breakfast is available at check out desk at early hours; guide in attendace to ensure assistance on check in in crowded and non english speaking airline ground staff is taken care off are some of the small things that makes the difference in our travel experience. Of course getting the best rooms at the best hotel/resort repeatedly is another crown to Jacada! I think it is not only about money that you paid but the extra effort that you could feel that makes the difference. In my view in areas where they have control, they have done exceptionally well. Highly recomended and thanks to Jennifer!
Francis S Lay
23rd January 2014
04th February 2014
I found Jacada on the internet and they provided us a tour with everything we wanted.
They responded quickly and professionally. We had excellent guides and felt very comfortable traveling in Peru. All our accommodation were superior which was great after hiking the Inca Trail.
We were extremely pleased our entire trip!
28th January 2014
My family and I have travelled with Jacada Travel twice now to South America - Peru and Ecuador/Galapagos. Both trips have been at the top of our bucket list for years, and Ciara at Jacada made sure that the trip met every one of our high expectations! Ciara and the team at Jacada helped tailor the accommodations and tours to our style, taste and budget, including a luxury camping trip along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, and a wonderful cruise with my 10-year old daughter in Galapagos.
Jacada ensures every detail is taken care of, arranges all your transfers and tours, truly allowing you to have a car free vacation. Everything is first class and better than you expected. Jacada and their local guides also helped arrange a flight back from Peru when my grandmother fell ill while we were away.
We are working on a trip to South East Asia with Jacada next!
Jennifer, Vancouver Canada
23rd April 2014
Emily Opie who was our travel consultant did an outstanding job. Lima, Sacred Valley, Cusco and of course Machu Picchu were outstanding experienced. The guides, the food, the accommodations were all wonderful.
04th April 2014
This is the second time that we have used Jacada Travel, and we could not be more pleased with the professionalism and attention that we have received. Both trips to South America were well planned and came off without a hitch. Even when there was a miner strike in Peru, the agency took care of us beautifully.
Thank you, Jacada.
18th June 2014
George worked with us to prepare and execute a fantastic trip to Peru where we saw fantastic sights.
The trip was very well organised and went faultlessly. The hotels were excellent and the food was excellent throughout.
The itinerary was well thought out and took account of the altitude in such a way that we did not suffer from it at all.
The guides were very good and made the sites and museums come alive in a brilliant way.
All done in a very cost effective way compared to the opposition.
25th May 2014
We had an awesome holiday and packed a lot into 20 days with moves by plane, rail or coach every 3 days. Everything was organised for us everywhere with minimal delays throughout. The Hotels were excellent and to the standard we expected. All the guided tours were brilliant, very informative and a must in certain areas especially Lima where we visited sites that would not have been obvious to the average tourist. We visited Lima, Puerto Maldonado , Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu , Hirham Bingham (superb) , Cusco , Andean explorer, Lake Titikaka, Colca Lodge Colca Canyon , Arequipa and finally Lima. A really memorable trip.
22nd May 2014
We are so glad we went to Argentina, and equally pleased that Jacada was our guide.
Positives: The right amount of time on our own and with the guide, just my husband and myself instead of a group of strangers traveling with us,fabulous food, small boutique hotels, local guides, and best of all: very customized to our wishes and interests.
01st May 2014
Emily heard what we wanted, sent us choices, asked questions, gave advice and in four short days our plans were finalized. So nice to work with someone so professional. Everything on our trip was exactly as presented, no mistakes, mis communication, excuses. Really nice to have such a great experience. And they follow up all along the way, really a quality experience.
27th September 2014
When our intention to visit the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu became more concrete, I started to search the internet for travel agencies and stumbled across Jacada. After I sent an e-mail on a Sunday afternoon, neither did I expect to receive a first call only hours later, nor a complete first draft itinerary few days later. What followed were very professional communications with the Jacada representative, great advise and suggestions upon hotels and sight seeing options to get everything we wanted on our schedule, but even more we could imagine. Being a critical customer, after that perfect start with planning, I was very curious how the promises would be turned into delivery, which in my opinion is the only thing that counts. Now after having returned from a 3.5 weeks trip I can confirm: All promises were kept and our high expectations on a luxury travel provider were fully met! Top hotels everywhere, a great cruise through the Galapagos Islands, experienced and knowledgeable guides in Ecuador and Peru, and the feeling of being taken care 100% every day of our tour made the difference for us. Having met other many other travellers with problems with the altitude in Peru, we really appreciated the sequence Jacada put together for us (Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titikaka), so we could enjoy every moment at these places. Personal letters and individualised additional suggestions for visits restaurants etc. at each of our stops just topped all the selections. Honestly, I was a little bit sceptical about travelling with a tour itinerary only and not the usual booklet with a number of tickets and vouchers (which in our case with all the different hotels, transfers and visits would have been rather thick), but everything was prepared optimal; we did not have to care about anything. Well, as a summery: When ever we will be travelling to places Jacada is represented, they will be our only service provider.
26th September 2014
I came across Jacada while searching the web for luxury vacations in Peru. I honestly was not familiar with the company so I did a bit of research and found them to be a well rated and very reputable firm so I proceeded to work with them.
I've reached a point in my life (50's) where I am willing to spend a bit more to ensure I have more upscale accommodations, personalized / private tours, and a well thought out itinerary that reflects my interests and affords me the opportunity to make changes along the way (e.g. starting the tour an hour later, spending less / more time at a place depending on my level of interest, etc.).
Jacada is just the place to arrange such a trip. From the beginning, George, our "Director of Travel Design" worked with us inquiring about our likes, dislikes (e.g. city vs. countryside, types of foods we like, activity level and interests, etc.). From there he proceeded to develop a detailed itinerary that we further fine tuned. He also provided extremely helpful guidance on the timing of flights (to avoid issues with fog, etc.) that demonstrated a high level of detailed knowledge of where we were traveling. This expertise became even more evident as our trip progressed and all the well orchestrated pieces of our trip flowed smoothly together. George had a knack for knowing when we would need a break and built that into the trip, but also ensured we were situated in hotels that could easily and cheerfully facilitate relatively spontaneous requests like "we would like to go on a horse back ride today" or please get us a taxi to the ruins of Ollantaytambo (both of which we did!).
The planned private tours on the trip were provided by absolute top notch guides. They knew their profession, country and sites and really made you feel welcome and ensured the tour was meeting your expectations. In fact one day my wife was feeling a bit off and the guide immediately said lets go the pharmacy and get her an electrolyte drink (which was what she needed!). He proceeded to go in and buy it for us as it was clear his concern was for her well being. His quick thinking and generous nature allowed us to enjoy a tour that otherwise might have been quite miserable. When we wanted to start a tour an hour later (which we did a couple of times) we simply asked, they made a quick phone call and all was set (one of the beauties of a private tour!).
The accommodations were all at a minimum excellent and a couple were truly outstanding with one being the nicest hotel room I have had in my life - and I have traveled a bit for work and pleasure and stayed at some nice places in Europe, Asia, South America and the US.
The sites we saw were all terrific and indeed reflected what we had shared our interests were. Having the private guide allowed us to tune them as we went along, for example at the Maras salt ponds we decided to walk through them and take about a 1/2 hour hike down the mountain (with our guide) to meet our driver vs. simply jumping back into the van. Had we wanted to not take the hike that was OK too.
The entire trip was nearly flawless in terms of execution and meeting expectations, though we did have two relatively minor glitches, and in many ways how these were handled speaks volumes to the quality and reputation of Jacada. The first happened when one of our in country flights was a bit early. I could not find our guide. I called the local contact provided by Jacada, who immediately picked up the phone, assured me the driver was there and asked me (while staying with me on the phone) to look again. Sure enough I quickly found our guide. The issue seemed to be that our flight was (as mentioned) early so while he was likely there he just had not gone to the greeting area early. Had the flight been on time this would likely not have been an issue, but it does demonstrate that Jacada had planned for such things and ensured I had a contact.
The second minor issue was our tour at Machu Picchu was listed as a private tour but we ended up in a small group (5 people). While I didn't think much of it at the time, I casually mentioned this to George upon our return, he investigated, indicated it was a mistake and promptly provided us a refund for that tour, now that is integrity!
There is no doubt Jacada is a first class operation to be trusted. And while the tours they arrange are "luxury" they are not what I would call obnoxiously expensive. Sure they are a bit more than being carted around on a bus with 30 other people and staying at mass market OK hotels, but the benefit of doing it through Jacada is a tour that is yours, providing a personalized experience and the flexibility to make it meet your needs and wants as you go along.
Arrange your next holiday with Jacada - you will be glad you did!
Robert Not Home
26th September 2014
We had an incredible trip to hike the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu via Jen Richt at Jacada Travel. From our tours in Cusco, to all of our transfers and the amazing experience at Enigma Tours (the trek)....we were completely taken care of! It was a seamless, wonderful adventure and would absolutely book through Jacada in the future!
01st September 2014
It was going to be the first time for me and my father to South America, and I stumbled upon the name "Jacada Travel" in many articles and thought of checking it out. The website did enough impression to make me decided to contact them.
Since that moment, I have been very taken care of by my travel designer, [Name] Owens. She crafted an extremely beautiful plan that fits almost everything we want to see within our limited time. This plan is refined couple times along the way, including last-minute change due to our visa situation. She has been extremely patient and helpful to us.
The trip itself was fantastic. Jacada did a great job in adding many personalized touch throughout our trip. Very friendly guides and drivers who knows our taste, welcome gifts upon arrival to every country and every hotels, and lots of letters from [Name]. Our hotels are all amazing and fits our preference of what a good hotel should be.
There is absolutely nothing bad I can think of. It has been one of the most memorable trip for us. It's even better to know that the price we paid are only slightly higher than what local tour providers in Indonesia would charge us; but we got WAY better hotels and services.
If there is anything Jacada can do to improve what has already been a really wonderful service, is if they can take care of visa applications as well. Otherwise, all my thumbs up for them!
p.s. If you want to know EVERY single detail and experience of my recent trip with them, check out my blog by searching google and type "Travelog christian leonardo jacada"
(since this review does not allow me to post any link, apologize for the inconvenience lol)
31st August 2014
We had a fantastic 10 days in Peru organised by Jacada. We didn't have to put much into the planning coz Jacada really knew how to make the most of the 10 days. We were met by representatives at every stop and our guide, Oscar was fantastic. The hotels were really magnificent choices. It was great to know that we were not missing anything important since the trip was planned with someone who knew the area. Thank you Jacada for a wonderful experience. We now really want to explore more of South America. Looking forward to planning our next trip.
Sylvie and Avi
30th August 2014
Everything turned out as planned and outlined by Jacada. Arrangements for airport pick ups/drop offs, hotel rooms, mini tours and guides were excellent.
11th August 2014
Everything was planed and executed perfectly by Jacada. Our accommodations, guides and drivers were first class! We were particularly impressed by the on-time arrival of all personnel at the airports so that we were never concerned about being stranded in a foreign country. We most certainly will use Jacada Travel again for future international travels.
16th November 2014
We traveled to Peru with Jacada in September/October 2014. We chose Jacada because of their flexibility and responsiveness. Our trip encompassed three nights in Sacred Valley, one night in Machu Picchu, three nights in Cusco, three nights at Lake Titicaca outside of Puno, and two nights in Lima.
Each hotel (Rio Sagrado, Inkaterra, Monasterio, Titilaka, Miraflores Park) was beautiful, rooms were comfortable and well-appointed, and each room offered a beautiful view. Our guides were well-informed, courteous, and professional, and the drivers were excellent. We were met at each location and were escorted to airport or train station after our visit there. The sights we experienced in each location exceeded our expectations. Peru is a beautiful country with a rich archeological and cultural heritage which we were so pleased to experience. Everywhere, the people we met were friendly and helpful.
The restaurants in our hotels, those which were part of our package, and those which we chose on our own served tasty, high quality, local food uncontaminated by outside influence. Peru does not receive enough credit for its cuisine
What a wonderful trip! Our thanks to George Warren at Jacada, to our guides and drivers, and to all the people who made our journey so pleasant and memorable. We would certainly consider traveling with Jacada in the future.
02nd November 2014
In Hawaiian "no ka 'oi" simply means "the best". My wife and I have always done everything on our own when traveling so going through a travel agent was a first for us and "luxury travel" was also a first. The best I can say for Jacada in general and George Warren in particular is that --- every single thing they said they would do they did. It was also done when they said it would be done. There were a few surprises though, like the tango show where when we got there we were seated, literally, front row center.
Also the restaurant where we were seated right next to the kitchen (an honor) where we could watch what was going on and converse with the chefs. Every hotel they booked for us treated us as if we were the most important people they had on the property.
Jacada is truly "no ka 'oi".
Denny and Debbie
23rd October 2014
everything about the planning and execution of our trip organized by Jacada
travel was truly superb! Six of us went and all are of the same opinion that it was wonderful. we highly recommend them for travel plans.
16th October 2014
15th October 2014
George at Jacada arranged the vacation of a lifetime through all of Peru - Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, the Amazon basin!
Every hotel was impeccable. We ate the choicest meals. All arrangements were made for us, and the local guides were knowledgable and friendly. Even the cook on the Inca trail was able to cook a vegan menu for my wife, which was quite a surprising and welcome touch.
I'd recommend Jacada highly!
14th October 2014
Jacada handled EVERYTHING for our 12 day Peruvian adventure. From the planning to the guides to the in country assistance, everything was top notch and no detail was left unmanaged. Jen Richt planned an exceptional trip for us and our itinerary was filled with the most interesting sites, and most luxurious accommodations. Our Peruvian guides were knowledgable, amiable, proud and fun! I would recommend Jacada to anyone who wants stress free travel where every single detail is handled and you are tended to from start to finish.
13th October 2014
Great hotels and service all the way through the trip. Peruvian food and service was excellent. The Amazon boat was luxurious and alll the staff were very knowledgable. The only complaint was that the airline connections were painfully long.
05th October 2014
Ciara, our travel consultant at Jacada, was outstanding. She helped create a fabulous itinerary, with great hotels, memorable experiences and excellent logistics and coordination. No detail was missed, and everyone in our family had a great time. It was very clear that much thought had been given to every aspect of the trip.
08th January 2015
We had an outstanding experience with Jacada Travel. Everything was carefully planned for us and executed without a flaw. We would highly recommend this agency to anyone who travels.
09th December 2014
Excellent experience with Jacada. From initial query to holiday. Experts who know the region - South America in our case , and what to do and not to do.
Accomodation, guides, transfers all high quality
Would highly recommend them
03rd December 2014
This is the second time of having Ciara from Jacada Travel to organize our vacation to Latin America (Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia). We had wonderful time for both trips. Right from the beginning, Ciara listened to our needs and made lots of excellent suggestions in refining our vacation plan. She always put herself into our shoes and made valuable recommendations. On the ground, Jacada in-country supports are always attentive and responsive. Ciara keeps tab of our progress along our journey and made necessary refinement to our travel plan to ensure what is best for us. After we've engaged her at the start of the vacation planning, we know all we need to do is to sit back, relax, knowing that the only thing we need to do is to enjoy a fabulous vacation ahead.
06th February 2015
Jacada Travel arranged a memorable experience in Peru. The whole trip went very smoothly and the hotels were as expected, and even exceeded expectations. The personal service from the local guides was exceptional!
We would highly recommend Jacada Travel and Ciara Owens.
05th February 2015
Exceptional from start to finish. The staff in London and over in Peru were all incredibly helpful, knowledgable and went beyond the expectations on every level.
Very impressed. I will be traveling with them again.
13th January 2015
From the very first communication Ciara and Susanne were a delight to work with. Our initial inquiry was for a 3 week trip to Peru and the Galapagos. The proposed program submitted to us was the right length, and it took two revisions to set the quality and standard of accommodation we wanted. The Galapagos offers a variety of ships. Wanting something larger we settled on the Silver Galapagos which offered a range of creature, that met our needs. From our arrival in Lima until our departure from Quito we were met by fantastic guides, and drivers. The knowledge of the guides and service provided everywhere was terrific. Every hotel booked was far better than expected, and the service everywhere was perfect. Little things like receiving a personal note at every hotel from Ciara with personal recommendations of things to see and do, and local restaurants to visit was an added bonus, and a great welcome everywhere we went.
Personal service and detail is something Jacada have perfected. Our travel experience was nothing short of amazing. Everyone wants that dream vacation. Dream vacations have, however to be first created. Ciara, Susanne and the Jacada team did that for us. "Brilliant"
David and Debra DeHaan
05th June 2015
05th September 2015
As a self planner, I was a little skeptical about using a travel agency. However, for our Inca Trail hike it was necessary. Jacada Travel was perfect in every way. Our guide couldn't have been any better. He had amazing knowledge and was so much fun. Everyone from our travel agent George to our porters to driver took excellent care of us. Our accommodations were 5 star. We'll be using Jacada when we plan our safari!
17th August 2015
Well planned and well executed.
12th August 2015
Jacada are simply outstanding. From the first call right through to the end of your trip and beyond. The level of customer service is breath-taking. We dealt with Ciara and she could not have been more helpful. Her level of knowledge was excellent leading to a very relaxing, thoroughly enjoyable holiday. On first glance they may appear to be quite expensive, however it soon becomes apparent Jacada are outstanding value for money once you experience the end result. We could not hold them in higher regard nor recommend them enough. We will definitely book our next big trip through them again
12th August 2015
Our tour of Peru was terrific. Lima was a very pleasant surprise. Our morning tour guide took us to the main attractions in the old city and some special sites, particularly the oldest house in Lima which was not to be missed. Jacada was very helpful in arranging a car and driver for the afternoon to visit the fishing wharf and Christ statue overlooking the city, both highlights of our Lima Visit.
Our adventure continued through the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco with a terrific guide, Johan Sueros. He was extremely accommodating and knowledgable. Very patient with us working through the challenges of the high altitudes and taking us to a few unscheduled locations such as the Cuscos market. Both train rides we took were exceptional (Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu and the Andean Explorer) and our time at Lake Titikaka was stunningly beautiful.
In all locations the service from Jacada was perfect. Always there to ensure our travel connections were flawless. All of our accommodations were high quality, especially the Casona Inkaterra in Cusco and the Titilaka on Lake Titikaka.
26th October 2015
From the initial review of the Jacana website to contact with George our travel consultant we had big expectations… Peru was on our bucket list and our first trip to South America.
It was without a doubt one of the most well organized, seamless travel experience we have had, and we are a well traveled couple.
Our guides when we touched down in Peru for each leg of our journey were true professionals and clearly enjoy what they do and have a love and knowledge of their country that created the perfect environment as we travelled around the country.
It really is a 5* guided travel service that makes you feel that at any turn you can be helped or guided with your every need. We had the privacy of beautiful hotels, private tours and being able to manage seeing places without going when it was busy with tourists.
I know that people visit Peru because of the famous Machu Picchu however there are so many more magical places that will make us return to this warm and wonderful place, this was truly helped by the expert planning from Jacada.
We will being using their travel planning services going forward.
24th October 2015
My sister and I have been with Jacada since 2013 for our first trip to South America planned and designed by George Warren, and for three consecutive years to Argentina, Chile and Peru.
For us Jacada Travel and specially George with whom we rest assure that we will receive the high standards of every minor detail that comes across our minds. All i have to do is inform George of the desired country, the dates and everything is settelled,
Our last trip to Peru in December 2015, all i can say is one word PERFECTION from the first email to George, Our professional tour guide at the Sacred Valley and Cusco Johan Sueros, and Chef Marisol Chocano unforgettable culinary tour at Lima and of course George's welcome notes at every hotel.
Now I can not wait for the little black book for our next trip.
14th January 2016
Thank you Jobi and the entire Jacada Travel team for making our most memorable and enjoyable honeymoon happen!
The entire process – from planning, the trip itself, after trip service was amazing!
The planning process:
Jobi made sure she understands what we want exactly out of our trip and was able to plan the perfect honeymoon for us. It was obvious to us that she knows South America extremely well and was able to advise us with any questions we might have. She also took great initiative to follow up on e-mails and calls if she doesn’t hear from us for a day. Knowing that we like adventure and food, she was even able to recommend us down to the restaurants to book. Having a perfectly planned trip makes the execution less likely to fail.
The trip itself:
A few weeks before the trip, we received two little black books complete with all the information we need for packing and preparing. It was extremely useful. The trip itself was amazing! The guides were very helpful and informative, and we enjoyed our time in each place. The number of days spent in each place was just perfect, none too short and none too long, which again shows how well Jobi knows her clients and each location well. Furthermore, we were very impressed and pleasantly surprised that at every hotel that we check in, there is always a card (mostly handwritten) from Jobi welcoming us, and describing to us the location and what she thinks we will like best. It was a very nice personalized touch that always warms our hearts whenever we check into a hotel. The service during the trip was also beyond our expectations. Having a 35-day honeymoon bound to have some hiccups here and there, but despite the time difference, Jobi was always there to facilitate our needs.
After the trip:
Even though the trip has ended and there is no more obligation from Jacada to us, Jobi and her team (especially Chile team) were still helping us track some shipment back to Singapore. The final shipment (we custom made a 70kg moai statue from Easter Island) has finally arrived and we are extremely happy that there is a momento from our amazing South American honeymoon! We wanted to post the photo of the moai but there is no attachment option on this site :(
Thank you Jobi and the entire Jacada team for such a perfect and memorable honeymoon!
14th December 2015
I would highly recommend using Jacada travel. They looked after all our needs in every possible way. Some guides were better than others, but I guess that is to be expected. Overall, it was a great first time experience using Jacada for our Peru trip this fall. We would use them again.
01st December 2015
Our entire trip was extremely well coordinated, we had many change/transfer points and they well all done timely and by highly professional folks
19th February 2016
We had planned a Peru trip and had to made last minute changes. Ciara was magnificent in altering the details to make it an even more memorable trip than originally planned. Were were cared for every step of the way but even enough free time to explore on our own.
03rd February 2016
Fantastic job by Jacada! We will continue to use them and recommend them.
20th January 2016
This was our first experience with Jacada and they did an amazing job. George, with his gentle questioning, got a good sense of who we were as a family and planned it perfectly. Our guide, Max, was brilliant and had so much knowledge, but was also very patient and good fun. The hotels, being mainly Belmond, were of course the best you can buy and the facilities and staff reflected this...we were made to feel very special everywhere we went.
Thank you George....you did good!!!!
24th April 2016
A great experience using Jacada. All segments of our trip were planned efficiently and personalized to our interests. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for any trip you are planning. One of the best luxury travel companies we've used
30th March 2016