In May 2015 I set off on an eight-month adventure through Latin America. I began the trip in Cuba enjoying the amazing live music in beautiful Havana and eventually made it all the way down to Argentina to indulge my taste buds.
I spent my time in Central America exploring spectacular beaches in Mexico, learning to scuba dive in Honduras and hiking around the lush green volcanic landscapes in Guatemala. Then I set off on a sailing trip to reach South America, calling at a few tropical islands along the way.
In South America I found the Inca culture fascinating and enjoyed learning about their traditions and beliefs. I was continually blown away by the incredible landscapes that I visited from the Peruvian Andes to the Bolivian Salt Flats to the stunning city of Rio de Janeiro.
My favourite memories have to include all the wonderful wildlife I saw: snorkelling with manatees, diving in pristine coral reefs with turtles and getting up close to sloths in the rainforest.
Ask me about scuba diving, exploring the Amazon, and the best beaches in Brazil.
My trip to Argentina with Jacada Travel exceeded my expectations for a comfortable, hassle free vacation. There was no point at which I ever felt without someone from the travel group to guide me, answer my questions or to show me interesting, off the beaten track locations in both Buneos Aires or Mendoza. My meals with the two guides in both places were memorable. In Mendoza, the guide stopped his truck and picked some figs from a road side tree - a grace moment. Jacada even provided an opening night opera ticket for me at the Teatro Colon. I highly recommend Jacada Travel and would happily use their services again.
From the beginning when we were quoted in Canadian not US funds to the end when the Jacana representative met us at the airport for a 2 minute walk to our shuttle "unexpectedly" the service was perfect. The advice about the boat and size/seasickness was good advise after talking to others on smaller boats & the safari camp was amazing. We felt completely taken care of from start to finish.
Great trip! This is our second large group (23 people) trip hosted by Jacada. Both exhilarating and relaxing...it's amazing what we could do in 36 hours just outside of Lima. Looking forward to next year's adventure!
We have used Jacada Travel for all of our special vacations. The experience from selecting the place to travel, to activities, to places to stay has always been great. The service you receive during the trip is exceptional. The accommodations are always superb.
Our family trip to Peru was incredible! Jacada was easy to work with and really listened to our ideas then made it happen. Every hotel was amazing! Our guide Edgar was extremely knowledgeable and fit in very well with our family! He was the best guide we have ever had. We will be booking our next trip with Jacada.
Jacada organized my vacation with my son to Costa Rica. Everything went completely smoothly. They booked just the right amount of activity vs down time from the discussion we had. All hotels were excellent and all logistics occurred with no issues. Overall a very good experience.
Helpful, knowledgeable, able to accommodate our requests, quick response time in answering questions or making changes to our itinerary. Travel agents attentive and caring.
My husband and I have traveled extensively and I usually book it myself. We decided to go to Chile and I found Jacada Travel. We booked a 24 day private tour through them and they were amazing. They are a top notch company from our concierge team Lily and Berni to our tour guides to the accommodations they chose. At one point towards the end of our trip my husband threw out his back. With one phone call and a couple of hours later we had flights changed hotels changed and what could have been bad wasn't even a hiccup. I didn't have to think of a thing except enjoy myself which is a way a vacation should be. They are the best and I will use them for all my trips.
We have done 3 personalized trips with Jacada and have been nothing short of impressed! Every detail from beginning to end is taylored to our wants with meticulous attention to the details. The hotels they choose and the locations we would never have known about in the regions we travelled have been ideal. They combine luxury travel with unique experiences. They provide an experience, not just a trip.
Everything pretty much went like clock work and they were easily assessible for any questions
Jacada did a top notch job organizing our family trip to Chile. All the details were looked after eliminating any potential travel stress. The accommodations were top notch and the service was fabulous from start to finish. We had the trip of a lifetime filled with so many amazing memories. Highly recommend Jacada and their team!
Great travel plans, experience and flexibility on the ground when we wanted to shift some things. Highly recommend. Lily and Berni were great to work with.
What a magical trip to beautiful Chile, but it could not had been as magical with the professional help of Jacada Travel. I recommend to anybody that would like to have the experience of there life. RH
Our second wonderful trip with Jacada. We are already planning no. 3. Wonderful accommodations, entertaining and informative guides; we were always met at the airport and for adventures on time. Hearing the Wow! from our grandsons when they first viewed Machu Picchu will always be held dear in our hearts. Thank you Jacada
We were treated like stars. Everything was more than was expected from our first meeting in Lima to our goodbye. Excellent guides!
I used Jacada Travel to plan our family trip to Costa Rica. It was perfect and the entire team at Jacada was amazing. Lily panned an amazing adventure that was exactly what I asked for and Bernie and the entire group in Costa Rica were so helpful and accomodating in making the trip happen without a single problem. I cannot recommend them enough and will absolutely use them again for any trip I want to take. Thank you!
We had a wonderful trip that was planned by Lily and Berni. Everything was went smoothly. We were very pleased with all our accomodations and all the suggestions. We would highly recommend Jacada Travel.
Jacada ci ha assecondato nelle nostre esigenze e richieste, soddisfacendo tutte le nostre aspettative. Assolutamente consigliati!
Everything worked exactly as promised. We had exceptional guides and excellent hotels (one was noisy though). I felt that our trip advisors were very attuned to making sure that we were able to do all the activities we requested and were able to make good suggestions when we did not have plans.
We’ve traveled extensively but this was really first class. We were pampered. Every detail attended to. We’re definitely using them again.
Jacada Travel is the way to go! Our trip to Peru was amazingly planned. We had such a wonderful trip with excellent guides and just the right mix of activities and relaxation time. Dinner at Central in Lima was exceptional! And we loved the culinary experience in Cusco. Every detail was managed for us so our one and only job was to enjoy our time. Thank you Lily, Berni, and the entire Jacada Team for making our Peruvian experience truly an experience to remember.
We have just returned from travelling to South America ( Galápagos, Santa Cruz Highlands, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Guayaquil, Cuzco, Lima). From the initial contact with Lily to the scheduled follow up call and all the travel between, the experience was beyond expectations. We felt truly cared for and welcomed at every stop with seamless airport pick ups, hotel check ins and guided tours. The accommodations were exceptional, the guides knowledgeable, professional and engaging and the excursions planned excellent and not so rigid that we could not alter them according to our likes or feelings that day. Our trip was completely stress free because of Jacada, allowing us to focus solely on the reason we were there and to return home with memories to cherish. I would not hesitate to recommend Jacada and know we will now use them exclusively for further travel.
Would recommend Jacada without reservations. Excellent service and choices.
Jacada created and executed an amazing trip to Peru for 3 of us. All travel arrangements and transitions were seamless. More than that, the people who greeted us and managed the reservations etc., weren’t just efficient, they were genuinely gracious both enlightening our travel experience and making us feel immediately welcome and at ease. The hotel choices were top notch, each with special qualities, such as Sol at Luna’s horse stables and magnificent Sacred Valley setting. The private guides not only knew their subjects but, but came to know us and our personal areas of interest. All of the guides were appealing individuals and we enjoyed our time with them immensely. We feel the work done ahead of the trip by Lily, Berni and others at Jacada laid the groundwork for all this success. Their pre trip consultation was excellent. We thank them for a truly great Peruvian experience. How can you not appreciate finding personal notes from your travel person when you arrive at a new destination?
A wonderful company, that from the very first contact, exceeded my expectations. Everything in the whole trip went smoothly, and I felt that they had met every aspect of my initial brief to them. Information flow was excellent; queries were answered promptly and the whole experience from start to finish was unlike any other company I have used. My highest recommendation.
My family's experience with Jacada was wonderful! Our recent trip to Peru (Sacred Valley- Machu Pichu-Cusco-Lima) was seamless and virtually stress-free, thanks to Lily's able assistance on the front-end and Jacada's team on the ground in-country. Lily's suggestions and recommendations in trip planning were spot on. The accommodations were wonderful; our guides (especially Juan Carlos) were great; and the daily activity level and duration were just right for our multi-generational family of 5 (ages: 13-70). This was our first experience with Jacada, and I anticipate we will be repeat clients.
Absolutely amazing trip - a dream come true.
This a great company and would have received 5 stars (excellent planning, great local guides, first class accommodations) except for the following: The tour promised that at each stop we would be greeted by a Jacada rep with a sign with our name on it. This worked perfectly except for our arrival in Iquitos for the start of our Amazon cruise where we were unable to find any signs with our names or Jacada's. After waiting a half hour outside the terminal, we decided to call the 24-7 emergency numbers provided by Jacada - NONE OF THEM WERE ANSWERED. We were finally rescued by the cruise line employees who,unbeknownst to us, were desperately searching for us. The frustration could have been avoided if we had been told to look for the cruise guides instead of a Jacada rep. Despite the above, both Nancy and I had a great vacation and have no problem recommending Jacada to anyone seeking a first class adventure.
I’ve traveled around the world and used many travel agents and companies. Jacada is simply the best. My recent trip to Chile and Easter Island went off without a hitch, a testament to the professionalism of this fine organization. A friend and I have already booked our next trip with Jacada.
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!
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
Excellent planning, service and follow-through. Very friendly staff as well. I will definitely recommend Jacada Travel to friends and family and use them again.
Our travel consultant out together the perfect trip for my son and I. There was a great balance of sightseeing, physical activity, and museums. Our tour guides spoke perfect English, accurately gauged how much information we could absorb, were highly informative and just plain nice. The hotel accommodations were spot on perfect choices and the exact level of comfort needed. I will 100% use Jacada again for my next travel adventure.