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Ethiopia Photo Tour

An extraordinary South Ethiopia and Lalibela Photo Tour expedition. In Lalibela (optional extension) we are there for the the Timkat Celebrations, the Ethiopian Epipany, an exceptional religious festivity in the hands of a seasoned and internationally awarded travel photographer: Gali Tibbon , with an outstanding work and experience in Ethiopia. You will photograph the little known vanishing tribes of Southern Ethiopia, and bear witness to the festivities at the sacred world heritage site of Lalibela.
 

You can have a glance at this experience visiting my post Ethiopia Photo Tour and get an idea about what is a Typical Day like.

The photographic tour starts south with an expedition to the valley of the Omo River, undoubtedly one of the most wild and unexplored regions of Africa. The Mursi, Hamer, Karo, Bume, Konso and Omorate are only some of the tribes stilling living and preserving their age-old customs.  

Read an interesting post on how is my Ethiopia Photo Tour

Preparing the candles for the prayers Ethiopia

HIGHLIGHTS

  • • Small group of only 7 maximum participants, guided in areas which have until now hardly been photographed, and group accompaniment by an internationally acclaimed photographer with great knowledge of the region. (We can, exceptionally add by up to two, the maximum number of participants per workshop)
  • •Get a private photo sesión with the Hammer tribe with their interesting hairstyles, as wild for the men as for the women, the women’s body decorations and tattoos and the scar art on the men.
  • •Witness one of the most incredible religious festival in Lalibela; the Easter celebrations (optional extension).
  • •Capture the biblical atmosphere of the Jerusalem of Africa, Lalibela, a Unesco World Heritage site and get close to the people and they daily life (optional extension).
  • •Enjoy private photo sesión with the Konsos, Banna, and Ari tribes, and get a myriad of great and unique photo opportunities, both spontaneous and structured.
  • •In the Mursi territory, one of the most fascinating points of this trip, have a photo session in one of their hamlets. They are famous for the women’s style of wearing acryllic discs in their lower lips, as well as their air of dignity and ferociousness.
  • • Visit with and document the Karo tribe, situated on the Omo river, in a strategic location where the river makes a great curve through the lush valley.
  • •Photograph the remote tribes of the Southern river valley.

This Photo Expedition takes you through the heart and soul of Southern Ethiopia, searching for the best and most incredible photographic opportunities. You will get the chance to get in some spontaneous photo sessions, as well as some which are structured in advance, and of course time to create a narrative of the day to day lives of these tribes. You will experience breathtaking scenarios in the national parks and see the indescribable; Africa at its purest.

Why the Lalibela optional extension?

We will have an extraordinary change of scene between the tribal valley area and the highland of Lalibela; it is a journey to the heart of ancient Christian tradition in orthodox Ethiopia. It is a leap back in time where we will see rites which originated in the 5th century, when at the Council of Chalecdon the Orthodox contingent separated itself from the auspices of Rome.

A Unesco World Heritage site, Lalibela is the place to be for the Timkat celebrations that take place around and inside the churches that are carved into the ground . It is one of the most impressive sites in the world and, most of all, a place that shines during Easter.

Lalibela is the Jerusalem of Africa. A place that remains as it was in the 11th century and where the celebrations are being observed as they where in the 12th century. Not a touristy place. Our daily photographic activities are far from a touristy approach.

We will be inside the churches, carved in stone, witnessing the most incredible moments in a breathtaking subdued light.

This workshop will take you through extraordinary areas to meet and photograph incredible subjects. The focus for us is the quality of our shots, so we will be getting up very early in the morning so we have enough time to set up before first light, to ensure the perfect time and angle for what we want to capture. There will be a few long drives, as some of the tribes live in more remote areas, but we pride ourselves on comfort and we’ll roll out in our air conditioned 4x4s. Sadly, there are no five star hotels in certain parts of the country, but we’ve made sure to secure the very best accommodations for every stop on our trip. Though in one location electricity is not available 24/7, generators are available for certain hours so cameras and equipment will always have a chance to charge.
 

The trip to Ethiopia was a dream come true. It felt as though I had been dropped right into the pages of National Geographic Magazine, which I read as a child, and which instilled a thirst for travel to Africa.

 

Harry ‘s organization and guidance leave nothing to chance. He uses wonderful people on the ground to drive, guide, and make each experience seamless. The festivals and amazing opportunities, remote and wonderful locations are trademarks of his trips.

 

Harry is a genuine character, with a wonderful sense of humour, an eye for the magic in photographic situations, and a natural teacher’s ability to explain how to make use of light,
line and composition in our shots.

 

This trip was my third with Harry, and a true testament to his ability and to the opportunities he exposes us to is that I am planning trips number four and five only 10 days after my return from Ethiopia.

Thank you Harry for an unforgettable experience.

Lynda Greenberg.  Toronto Ontario



ITINERARY

Day 1. - ARRIVAL IN ADDIS ABABA

We will arrive and go directly to the hotel. Tonight, we’ll have a meet and greet with the Lead Photographer, and orient ourselves in our itinerary for the rest of our trip.

Day 2. - ADDIS ABABA/ARBA MINCH

At first light we’ll head south to the Great Rift Valley, a huge furrow in the earth’s crust that stretches across the majority of Ethiopia. It was created by volcanic and river activity both, about 35 million years ago, which formed a fertile corridor with many lovely lakes we will pass as we go through it. Lake Ziway is the first of a chain which comprises three other nearby lakes; the Abiyata, the Shalla, and the Langano. They are picturesque and rarely visited, so of course we’ll have time to set up and photograph them, and the awe-inspiring African landscape, before heading back on our way to our Photo Tour’s ultimate destination. Further South we’ll find Lake Awasa, Abaya, and Chamo, which each have their own unique perspective and vistas.

The road itself is also a photo opportunity; though it has very little car traffic, it is a main thoroughfare for people; merchants with donkey pulled carts, ox drivers, horse riders, and on foot pilgrims heading to whatever their destinations. There are a few thatched roof hut villages along the road which are typically Ethiopian, decorated with lively, African style clay work. The people go about their day to day lives and we’ll have great spontaneous photographic opportunities to capture them at work in the fields, making and selling handicrafts, and heading to their local markets. We’ll arrive at our destination inside the Great Rift Valley, the cradle of man, in time to catch the sunset as the long rays of late evening stretch across the vast African expanse, bathing everything red-orange, then purple, until the sun slips below the horizon and lets the stars come out and shine.

Day 3. - ARBA MINCH/TURMI

We go on to Turmi, the small town is the heart of the Omo Valley territory of the Hamer, learning about their customs, their way of life and their ceremonies, which, if we are lucky, could involve something special such as a bull jumping ceremony.

THE HAMER

The Hamer are the largest ethnic group in southern Ethiopia, occupying the eastern part of the Omo River. They are a mix of different ethnic populations coming from the north, east and west of their current territory of residence. Their most distinctive features are their hairstyles, their women’s decorations and body markings, and their men’s decorative body scarring. Female hairstyles are made with ocher, red clay, and animal fat, giving them their characteristic consistency. Male hairstyles incorporate clay caps, bird feathers, and they usually indicate a certain social status: hunters, warriors.

Day 4. - TURMI / KARO / TURMI

We head for the village of Jorcho, on the shores of the Omo River, where the Karo live: After finishing our photo session we return to Turmi.

We timed our visit to arrive on the big market day. The people of all the Hamar villages in the area walk for hours to trade animals, goods that they have made, food they have grown, firewood and even souvenirs for tourists. Down two side alleys are the mills where Hamar women take purchased grains to be ground into flour. The place buzzed with activity.

For today’s photo shoot with the Karo, we head for the village of Korcho, located at a strategic bend of the Omo River. This village is inhabited by about 1,000 people, who are the only sedentary population in the area. After finishing, we return to Turmi and visit a Hamer village again.

THE KARO

The Karo are seasonal farmers, herders and honey collectors. They practice fishing, something that was taboo until recently and is only done by young single men. Their villages are a bit more sophisticated, with huts of good craftsmanship, and barns. Physical beauty is of utmost importance among the Karo. Men, more conceited, decorate their bodies with white and ocher paint made from plants. Women wear their hair in beads, but also, they normally have a nail in their lower lip and are decked out with necklaces and bracelets. Like the Hamer, the youths practice bull jumping, an inevitable rite of passage, stigmatizing those who fail.

Day 5 . – TURMI/JINKA

We leave for Key Afer and then to Jinka

Day 6 . – JINKA /MAGO NATIONAL PARK/JINKA

Early in the morning we’ll head to Mago National Park. This was created to protect the population of elephants and giraffes, which has been, sadly, almost destroyed by poaching. Fortunately for us, the populations are growing back, and we stand a good chance of catching some of these animals in the wild with our cameras.

Next we’ll head on to photograph the Mursi in one of their villages. They are famous, as one normally sees the women, with discs in their lower lips, but a surprising quiet elegance, on the covers of National Geographic. In the Mursi village we’ll have structured photo sessions and plenty of time to sit with the inhabitants, speak to them, and capture them on film.

Apparently coming from eastern Sudan, where they are supposed to have been part of the Durma people, they speak a Nilotic language and form a group of about 4,000 persons.

THE MURSI

They have initiation rites where men must fight each other at the Donga (not to death) with long sticks, painting their bodies especially for the occasion. Teenage girls have an incision made in their ear lobes and lower lip, where increasingly bigger clay plates are placed. Their function is actually aesthetic, and only high-caste women can wear them. All men and women shave their heads and so they love razors. Men also practice skin scarring, drawing intricate patterns and stories across their bodies that they will wear forever.

Day 7.- JINKA/KONSO

We head for Konso a world heritage site, and rightly so. A visit to Konso takes us back in time to the Neolithic era, to scenes and ways of life that have almost been forgotten by modern man. Konso is full of stone walled terraces and dirt packed roads trodden by tribes people who are friendly and willing to stop for a chat or a photo.

Day 8.- KONSO/ARBA MINCH

Early in the morning we will leave for the nearby mountains of Chencha (3,000 m). On the road, the vegetation will change over slowly from bamboo like stalks to the ‘false banana’ trees of the jungle. We will visit the Dorze who are famed for their incredible weaving work, but most for their polyphonic music, which utilizes a far different chord and percussion structure than Western music does. We’ll spend time having a photo session with these lively and musical people, shooting amongst the tall thatched huts and their denizens.

After lunch we will continue towards Lake Chamo, where we will board a small ship for a special Photo Expedition; colonies of pelicans, crocodiles, hippos, etc. wade in and out of the Omo river, and the coming and going of the ambatchs (a kind of extremely light vessel, similar to those depicted in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs) will give us a fantastic off the cuff photo opportunities. Towards the evening, we will return to the hotel.

Day 9.- ARBA MINCH/ADDIS ABEBA

We will leave early in the morning for Addis Abeba via Sodo and Hosaina, a few typical villages, to sample some food and take a few shots of the local views and Ethiopian life, then carry on down a road surrounded by beautiful false banana tree fields. We will visit Tiya, then reach Addis Abeba.

Day 10.- FLIGHT ADDIS ABABA/LALIBELA

Early transport to the airport



EXTENSIONS

The Churches of Lalibela and the Easter celebration

 

Lalibela sits high in the Lansa mountains, and is considered one of the holiest sites in Africa. The population is estimated as around 8,000-10,000, and at least 1,000 of the members are priests. Known as the Black Jerusalem, it is undoubtedly the most impressive of the eight Ethiopian cities classified as a World Heritage Sites. It was founded in the late twelfth century, with the intention of creating a new imperial capital and a new Holy Land in a single city; it seemed a good idea as Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem were becoming a dangerous adventure.

 

The sacred site of Lalibela boasts eleven churches carved into the ground, and stand inside a hollowed out spot as one single stone unit. The chiseled pillars and doorways rise up from the mountain itself and are impressive in their make, considering the tools their builders had to work with at the time of their construction.

 

One of the most important religious festival is the Easter celebration , or, in their language, Fasika. It is a journey to the heart of ancient Christian tradition in orthodox Ethiopia. It is a leap back in time where we will see rites which originated in the 5th century, when at the Council of Chalecdon the Orthodox contingent separated itself from the auspices of Rome.

 

In Ethiopia, religión lives with an intensity almost unknown in the Occident. The level of participation that the entire population gives will surprise us. Everything is slow and calm; the ceremonias, the chanting, the hours of mass. Everything occurs at a pace that is reminiscent of the Medieval era.

 

DAY 10.- FLIGHT ADDIS ABABA/LALIBELA

Very early in the morning, we will go to the airport to take a flight to Lalibela, a place known as “the Eighth Wonder of the World", which holds an example of Orthodox Christianity to its zenith.

Once we arrive, we’ll be received and head straight to our hotel.

In the afternoon, we’ll have a chance visit to the Nakutelab cave church, about 7 km from the city. As the sun sets we’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph the church from the inside and out, catching the way the light filters in and around the monolithic structure, giving it a definitely biblical atmosphere.

Then we will return to our hotel in Lalibela.

 

DAY 11 .- LALIBELA

This day is dedicated to visit the monolithic churches, which are literally carved into the rock and split into two blocks separated by the Yordanos (Jordan) River.

The first group symbolizes earthly Jerusalem and the second group the heavenly one. Separated from both groups is Bet Giorgis, symbolizing Noah’s Ark, and built in honor of St. George, Ethiopia’s patron saint. Beautiful murals with clear Byzantine influence cover the walls, and illuminated manuscripts, prayer sticks and many antiques can be admired inside all churches. They still are places of worship, fundamentally on religious calendar holidays, and so you can also meet and do portrait work with the faithful that come to the churches to pray, if you’re lucky.

 

DAY 12 .- LALIBELA

Early in the morning we will attending the ceremonias of Timket, which includes the blessing of the water – a crucial point of this celebration. Rest assured we will have a structured photo session during the unique festival, and plenty of time to observe and document the many steps and interesting facets of the Epiphany celebration.

In the evening, we will visit the second group of churches. We will spend time setting up then photorgraphing them from every which way, inside, and outside, as the natural light wanes and the lighted candles are all that remains for us to see and shoot by.

 

DAY 13 .- FLIGHT LALIBELA/ADDIS ABABA. TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

We will have the hotel until noon. When it’s time for our flight, we’ll go to the airport and head for Addis Ababa. Upon arrival, we’ll get a reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel; the rest of the afternoon will be free time for last minute visits and purchases. As soon as the outbound flight arrives, we’ll go back to the airport and journey on to our next destinations.

 



Prices per person
9-10 Participants 5630 US$


Supplements
Single Room Surcharge Main Itinerary 720 US$
Single Room Optional Extension 430 US$
Less than 5 participants surcharge 1100 US$


Extensions
Extension Lalibela Easter Celebration 2300 US$


TERMS

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and for 7 travelers (see the surcharge for less if aplicable). A limited quantity of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge.

 

The maximum number of participants are listed under "Maximum Group" in the Price section of each individual workshop. However, we reserve the right to add by up to two, the maximum number of participants per workshop at any time.

 

SERVICES INCLUDED

 

  • - Tutoring by photographer/expert Harry Fisch
  • - Reception at Addis Ababa airport on arrival
  • - Specified transfers
  • - Boat trip on Lake Chamo
  • - Transportation by 4x4 vehicles air conditioned.
  • - Accommodation in 1st. class hotels, tourist and local hotels and lodges in double rooms with private bathroom
  • – All meals except three days
  • - All visits
  • - Expert guide
  • - * For the extension to Lalibela: Flight Addis Ababa/Lalibela/Addis Ababa, accommodation in tourist hotel in double room with bathroom, transfers included and English-speaking local guide.

 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

 

  • - International Flights (Return flight to Lalibela is included with the optional extension)
  • - Meals not specified in the table
  • - Optional activities and visits
  • - Personal extras, such as drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.
  • - Visas.
  • - Air taxes
  • - Airport taxes
  • - Any other item not mentioned as included

 

There will be a few long drives, as some of the tribes live in more remote areas, but we pride ourselves on comfort and we’ll roll out in our air conditioned 4x4s. Sadly, there are no five star hotels in certain parts of the country, but we’ve made sure to secure the very best accommodations for every stop on our trip. Though in one location electricity is not available 24/7, generators are available for certain hours so cameras and equipment will always have a chance to charge.



Booking


ALL PHOTO TOURS EXCEPTED CUBA. For the booking and cancelation terms that apply to the Cuba trip please refer to the specific Cuba booking and cancelation policy.

1) Bookings should be made by email to the following address:
photography@trekkingyaventura.com

The personal information to be supplied is detailed below:
- Full name of the person who is traveling (according to the passport) and ID number.
- Postal address, telephone number, mobile phone and email address.
- Passport details (passport number, date and place of birth, date and place of issue and date of expiry). We advise sending us a scanned image, as it is required at most destinations.

2) A deposit 1.000 US$ per person shall be made. Bookings shall not be considered as firm until evidence of this payment has been provided.

Wire transfers, Visa and / or Master Card, direct deposits, checks and cash are accepted. The name/s of the person/s who is/are travelling is/are required to appear in all transactions/communications.

Full insurance of initial deposit


All passengers booking with Trekking & Adventure Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid, including repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of the travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Trekking & Adventure Ltd.

Terms


Voluntary Participation
By registering for a Nomad Photo Expedition trip , you acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied to participate on this trip and that you have read the description of the trip as it appears in the current catalog or website.

Subject to change
In the event that for any reason whatsoever, such as but not limited to a medical emergency, the originally assigned photographer is unable to accompany the trip, he will be replaced by another photographer with experience in the same destination. Such a change will not be deemed sufficient grounds for a refund other than stated in the cancellation policy.

Prices and itineraries may vary without prior notice until the moment of booking. Itineraries may be altered during the trip depending on photographic interest upon decision of the accompanying photographer.

Health and fitness:
You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness and being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment. You could have to transport your own luggage and bags in airports and hotels. By registering in our workshops you attest that you have no physical limitation or incapacity that could create risk to or impact in the rhythm of the rest of the group.

We reserve the right to refuse the participation of any participant not considered suitable due to his fitness level.

The Agent
The pace of each journey, the dedication to one or another theme and/or region, are designed and determined by Harry Fisch based on his experience in the region, research and/or accounts of other travelers, as well as relationships established over the years at various destinations. Harry Fisch or Nomad Photo Expeditions does not own or operate any entity, which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, minibus, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Harry Fisch or Nomad Photo Expeditions is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any third party.

Travel arrangements, logistics, bookings, support, insurance, and everything related to the activity of a Travel Agent are organized by Viajes Trekking y Aventura c.i.c ma 1038, in accordance with the laws in force.

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

Itinerary Modification & liabilities
We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If an expedition is canceled by us prior to departure, Trekking & Adventure will provide the participant with a full refund of monies paid to them; except in the event cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the expedition as planned, in which case T&A will provide the participant with a refund and/or credit toward a future Nomad Photo Expedition trip equivalent to monies paid to them.

The applicant acknowledges that travel on a Trekking y Aventura trip requires a degree of flexibility, and understands that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Trekking y Aventura deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or rerouting any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to the applicant if the reason for any major alteration is outside Trekking y Aventura control.

If we cancel the trip in progress, the participant will receive a prorated refund and/or a credit based on the number of days not completed on the expedition. We will not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by participant in his/her preparation for the trip (e.g., nonrefundable airline tickets visa fees, if applicable clothing, equipment and medical expenses, etc.).

The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by Nomad Photo Expedition. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

The maximum number of participants are listed under the workshop/trip details section of each individual workshop. However, we reserve the right to add by up to one, the maximum number of participants per workshop, at any time as well as to include, within the maximum participant´s limits, up to three non-photographer travelers on each trip. These extra people, usually those accompanying their photographer spouse, friend or partner, will not be entitled to any private photography tutoring time.

The participant further acknowledges that weather conditions may be severe, adverse and/or unpleasant and that medical services or facilities may not be readily available or accessible during some or all of the time during which he/she is participating on the trip. Trekking & Adventure reserves the right to request a medical certificate from a participant at any time before departure or during the photo tour. T&A will ultimately determine an individual’s ability to embark upon the photo tour. Once a booking has been accepted, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to the cancellation policy.

While travelling with Trekking y Aventura the applicant agrees to accept the authority of the leader or local operator at all times. The applicant is aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. The applicant understands that Trekking y Aventura reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time.

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

The participant acknowledges that he/she is aware that such a the trip he/she is undertaking in remote areas of the world implies a risk of illness, injury or death which may be caused by forces of nature, illness, or by willful or criminal conduct of third parties or by terrorism. You acknowledge that travel to foreign countries entails unanticipated risks which could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to yourself, to property, or to third parties. You understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity. The risks include, among other things: the hazards of walking on uneven terrain (cobblestones) and slips and falls, street muggings, hijacking, your own physical condition.

Booking (All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms).



1) Bookings should be made by email to the following address:
photography@trekkingyaventura.com

The personal information to be supplied is detailed below:
- Full name of the person who is traveling (according to the passport) and ID number.
- Postal address, telephone number, mobile phone and email address.
- Passport details (passport number, date and place of birth, date and place of issue and date of expiry). We advise sending us a scanned image, as it is required at most destinations.

2) A deposit 1.000 US$ per person shall be made. Bookings shall not be considered as firm until evidence of this payment has been provided.
Wire transfers, Visa and / or Master Card, direct deposits, checks and cash are accepted.
The name/s of the person/s who is/are travelling is/are required to appear in all transactions/communications.

Full insurance of initial deposit

(All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms.)


In accordance with the EEC directive. 90/314 all passengers booking with Trekking & Adventure Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid, including repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of the travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Trekking y Aventura Ltd. A certificate detailing this cover will be given to each and every passenger as evidence of cover. Please ensure that you have been given the appropriate certificate(s) at the time of booking.

Cancelation policy

 

(All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms.)



Unless otherwise stated the following cancellation policy applies:
A 1.000 USD deposit is required to book your spot.
Full payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure unless indicated otherwise in the description of the tour or workshop.
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.

Trekking & Adventure Ltd. reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.
- If you cancel 121 days or more prior to departure we’ll give you back your deposit less 300 $.
- Between 91 and 121 days before the departure date, T&A will retain your full deposit and/or partial payment as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- Less than 91 days before the departure date, 50% of the price of the tour as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- Less than 60 days before the departure date, 100 % of the price of the tour .

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

The land cost does not include:
Domestic or International air fare unless specifically stated on the itinerary ; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not travelling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.
Passport and Visa
The applicant must carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visas when travelling . Applicants must ensure their passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are in possession of the correct visas for the trip they are undertaking. We cannot accept responsibility if the applicant is refused entry to a country due to incorrect visa documentation.
The client acknowledges that it is solely his/her responsibility to ensure that he/she is in possession of the necessary travel documents that may be required in respect of the proposed tour and itinerary as well as all health and other certificates that may be required from time to time. The client acknowledges that Trekking y Aventura is not assuming any obligation or liability .

Accommodation
The accommodation can not always be a high standard when travelling in developing countries so sometimes things will not always run as smoothly as they would in a western country. The further you venture from the beaten track the more basic the standard of accommodation and levels of service. This is all part of your adventure travel experience.

Single Travelers
Accommodations (hotels, tents, and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If the participant prefers single accommodations, he/she must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed in the Trip Itinerary. If the participant is traveling alone and wishes to share accommodations, we will assign him/her a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom the participant can share, he/she is required to pay the single supplement fee

Fitness and Health
The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Trekking y Aventura.

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Insurance
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas. The applicant’s travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability.

We strongly recommend insurance coverage for cancellation be taken at the same time as payment is made, as no exception to the cancellation provisions that can be made. We also recommend provisions for curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. We recommend the purchase of the optional supplemental travel insurance package to protect oneself in case of an unexpected medical emergency.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it.

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

Photo Release
Trekking y Aventura reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Trekking y Aventura

Cancelation policy
Unless otherwise stated (scroll down for Cuba specific cancellation policy) the following cancellation policy applies:
A 1.000 USD deposit is required to book your spot.
Full payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure unless indicated otherwise in the description of the tour or workshop. <br
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.
We strongly recommend buying a "Cancel for any reason" Trip Cancellation Insurance that can protect you against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance , and trip cancellation should you unexpectedly need to cancel.

Trekking & Adventure Ltd. reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.

- If you cancel 121 days or more prior to departure Trekking&Adventure (The Travel Agent) will give you back your deposit less 300 $.
- Between 120 and 91 days before the departure date, Trekking&Adventure (The Travel Agent) will retain your full deposit and/or partial payment as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- Less than 91 days before the departure date, Trekking&Adventure (The Travel Agent) will retain 50% of the price of the tour as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
- Less than 60 days before the departure date, Trekking&Aventura (The Travel Agent) will retain 100 % of the price of the tour .

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If an expedition is canceled by us prior to departure, Trekking & Adventure will provide the participant with a full refund of monies paid to them; except in the event cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the expedition as planned, in which case T&A will provide the participant with a refund and/or credit toward a future Nomad Photo Expedition trip equivalent to monies paid to them. (See Terms)