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South India Photo Tour, Theyyam & Elephant Festivals

SOUTH, NOV. 22 - DEC. 01, 2017  5960 US$OTHER DEPARTURE DATES

A 10 days South India photo tour to Kerala and  the night Fire Theyyam and Elephant Festivals with an fascinating exploration on our own deluxe house boats ending at the Kerala Backwaters. The description of the numerous activities and experiences are described in detail on the itinerary bellow.

On the Varanasi 5 days Optional Extension we will get to know a different city to the one other tourists see. With time to enjoy our stay in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Shamans, boatmen, pilgrims, cows, tourists, barbers, and fake Sadhus. We will cross to the other side of the river where no one normally goes, to admire the city from another perspective and witness the daily coming and going of pilgrims. We will stroll though the back streets of the ghats, the alleys, and discover temples outside the normal tourist route. We will meet people there, and wait for the certainty of the unexpected to happen.

Please visit my personal work on Varanasi as well as some posts on my Varanasi at dawn. This is where I took in 2012 the picture that won and later lost the National Geographic Photo World Contest.

VISIT THE IMAGES OF THE PHOTO TOUR

Boat in the river

HIGHLIGHTS

- Our photographic coverage of the night fireTheyyam dance which may last the whole night.

 

- Get the chance to photograph the slums of Mumbai´s Dharavi district.

 

- The Elephant festival, led by throngs of drummers and whirling dancers.

 

- Our journey and saty on our deluxe private houseboat on a leisurely and photogenic cruise along the Backwaters, stopping at the small villages and capturing this singular landscape

 

- Photographic session at the Kalamandalam School of Dance

 

- Get the incredible luxury of Kerala´s viridian hills and plantations, and visit the villages in Cochin.

 

- Our private Kathakali performance in the theatre. From the makeup and the dressing rooms to the performance itself, we will have a chance to photograph the dancers at all stages of the event.

 

- The enjoyement of  photography with intensity accompanied by a professional travel photographer that understands the secrets of  Varanasi (Optional Extension). The hidden locations.

 

-Our daily life in Varanasi (Optional Extension), staying beside the Ganges, in contact with the people of our Gaht: pilgrims, barbers, flower salesmen, boatmen, Holy Men and the occasional tourist.

 

-We will cross to the other side of the Ganges, rarely visited by anyone

Our photographic adventure starts  in Mumbai, with a dedicated visit the Daravi Slum, an incredible alternative city.

Later we will head south to see two of the most incredible and singular photographic opportunities on the planet: the rite of Theyyam and the Kerala Elephant Festival.

Theyyam, the God’s Dance, where performers in folds of heavy red and white and gold fabric perform a rite that is several thousand years old, is a world of color and life. We will spend two days exploring the world of bhoota spirits and the rich history of the southern provinces as we document this unique and age old tradition with our cameras.

Then we are off to the Elephant festival, where many great beasts bedecked with beads and ribbons and intricate headpieces parade through the towns to the temples of worship, led by throngs of drummers and gaily whirling dancers.

Cochin has origins as far back as the Roman times, and is noted as the oldest European outpost in India. It still maintains a small but beautiful Jewish Quarter and a busy spice market, it has an interesting blend of varying architectural and religious influences.

We will end the first part our expedition visiting the green, tranquil province of Kerala to the south – one of our favorite destinations in India. It has a peaceful and relaxed ambiance compared to the rest of the country. From impressive network of waterways along the Malabar Coast to the expanse of lakes and lagoons that make up the Backwaters, you can find rolling viridian country dotted with spice and tea plantations.

As a very special Optional Extension we will head towards Varanasi. Our days will be really busy reaching the Ghats to photograph, amongst remains of wreaths and cremation ashes, Brahmins offering ritual shaving, dressed bathing women. Bearded, hirsute Holy Men, bare feet, watching stunned families bathing dressed in bright Indian saris. Groups of pilgrims down the huge wooden barges. Then the calm of our hotel, close to the Ganges, attending dinner before the night ceremony. In the calm of "our" Ganges. We will go down the sacred river in our boat and visit an “akhara”, a gymnasium where Kursty fighters train and compete. If we are lucky we will be able to make a photo coverage of their workouts.

This trip was my third with Harry, after two in India, 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.

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.

Thank you Harry for an unforgettable experience.

Ynda Greenberg (Toronto, Ontario)



ITINERARY

 

Day 1.- MUMBAI


Arrival to Mumbai airport. On arrival, transfer to hotel and check-in.

Afternoon introductory briefing and first exploration of the city.


Day 2.- MUMBAI


We will expend our time on a truly mind blowing tour of the Dharavi Slums and the Dabawalas.

So different from the newer downtown areas of the city, these places are very interesting for capturing the other side of Mumbai´s cultural coin, so to speak, and we will have plenty of time to work on photographing the ambiance here effectively. We will also stop for a planned photo opportunity at Dhobhi Ghat or Laundry.

Day 3.- MUMBAI - CALICUT - KANNUR - THEYYAM FESTIVAL

Today we will fly from Mumbai to Calicut and then drive to Kannur, which is in the southern Kerala province.

On this night, depending on the schedule, we will attend and photograph a Theyyam dance – ornate red and white costumes covered in beads and cloth make the men with faces painted red and startling, look like crested, towering creatures of myth as they perform this ancient, several millennia old ritual that is integral to how their people view the world.


The dance may last the entire evening and well into the night.


Day 4.- THEYYAM FESTIVAL

We will get a late start in the morning, letting us relax after our late night, and then head out to see some of the Theyyam practices by daylight, as well as lay on the beach, or explore some of the nearby fishing villages.


Theyyam is a type of ritual worship that dates back at least 6 millennia in this area of India. It is more than simply a dance: some treat the entire rite of Theyyam as a personification of God in and of itself, and so, the so called God’s Dance is a living religious icon, with many facets and touches many different aspects for life and spiritual belief.


It centers around a person called Kolam, which means figure in make-up, and the Kolam is meant to represent the deity. In the northern part of the province, Theyyam is a way to worship spirits called Bhootas, and the dance is conducted in places where Bhootas are or used to be prevalent.


After a day of exploring the world of Theyyam and its practitioners, we will have a late evening visiting a local temple, where we will have time to capture another dance with our cameras.


Overnight in the Hotel.



Day 5.- KANNUR - CHERUTHURUTHY - ELEPHANT FESTIVAL


After an early but not too early breakfast, we will drive a few hours out to Cheruthuruthy, to see the Elephant Festival. We will check into the hotel upon arrival.


Ayyamkulangara Kanipayyur is the local word for the Elephant Festival, which is frankly speaking, a photographic dream come true. Colorfully decorated Elephants wear ribbons and tassels, brightly dyed cloth and beads, parade through the town to the temples, carrying effigies of deities on their backs while gaily dressed drummers and dancers swirl at their feet, leading them along the road to worship.


We will spend all day at the elephant festival, with some scheduled shoots, but mostly, as the festival is so lively and ever changing, this will be a day of more spontaneous photography. We will return to the hotel at night.


Overnight in the Hotel.



Day 6.- CHERUTHURUTHY - KALAMANADALAM DANCE SCHOOL - COCHIN


After breakfast we will head out to see the Kalamandalam School of Dance for a scheduled photo shoot.

The school was founded by the famous poet Padmabhooshan Vallathol Narayana Menon. It has become an important and universally known name in India, renowned for preserving cultural heritage.

It is a residential school, and though the structure itself is not overly ornate, the performances inside the simple classrooms are astounding. We will have a guided tour of the classes and time to interact and photograph some of the dancer students and teachers.


After our photo session we will head to Cochin, and arrive in the early evening.


After check in at our hotel we will go out just before sunset for a boat cruise to see the chinese fishing nets being hauled in just as the sun sinks below the horizon. We have hand selected the spot so they we will have the best possible shots of the fishermen and the atmosphere.


Overnight in the Hotel.



Day 7.- COCHIN


Early in the morning we will head out to photograph fishermen in the harbor, again taking in the Chinese fishing nets at sunrise, then on to the fish market, the colorful and photogenic local laundry, and a few other surprises on the streets along the way.


We will also take time out today to visit a Jewish synagogue, a Dutch Palace, and the Vasco D’ Gama Church, with ample time to photograph the architecture and learn about the region´s culture.


Later in the afternoon we will go to see, and photograph a Kathakali performance in the theatre. From the makeup and the dressing rooms to the performance itself, we will have a chance to photograph the dancers at all stages of the event.


Overnight in the Hotel


Days 8, 9 - BACKWATERS


After breakfast, we will drive to Alleppey, the boarding point for the houseboat that will take us through the backwaters of Kerala.

We will have private houseboat with your own cook and staff.

Once we reach Muhamma we will visit the village market and see some coir making. Then, the cruise will proceed to Pathiramanel and anchor for overnight stay.


Alleppey is a small town situated in the Backwaters of Kerala, and it is the ideal place to start a cruise along the winding waterways, lakes and canals of this peaceful area. There is a long stretch of beach to wander along and several interesting small churches to visit.

The romantic and unique Backwaters of Kerala are made up of a labyrinth of canals and lakes that stretch between the capital Cochin and the town of Quilon to the south.

From the vastness of Lake Vembanad to the quiet streams just large enough for a canoe, the Backwaters form the arteries through which rural daily life calmly flows – you will get the chance to capture with your camera the tranquility of life here; children splashing in the water, women washing clothes at the water's edge, fishermen up to their necks in water digging out fish with their feet, rice barges transporting coconuts and rice and of course the stunning backdrop of lush forest reflecting green off the river as our boat sails calmly by.



Overnight in the Houseboat



Day 10 : COCHIN – AIRPORT

We will slowly return on our boats to Allepey and from there to Cochin. Those who end the trip here will be transferred to the airport. The rest will head towards Mahabalipuram on the optional Extension.



EXTENSIONS

Optional Extension: Varanasi

 

IMPORTANT: THIS OPTIONAL EXTENSION WILL TAKE PLACE BEFORE THE MAIN ITINERARY .  

 

We will get to know a different city to the one other tourists see.

 

With time to enjoy our stay in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Shamans, boatmen, pilgrims, cows, tourists, barbers, and fake Sadhus. We will cross to the other side of the river where no one normally goes, to admire the city from another perspective and witness the daily coming and going of pilgrims. We will stroll though the back streets of the ghats, the alleys, and discover temples outside the normal tourist route. We will meet people there, and wait for the certainty of the unexpected to happen.

 

During our  incredible stay in Varanasi, our days will be really busy reaching the Ghats to photograph, amongst remains of wreaths and cremation ashes, Brahmins offering ritual shaving, dressed bathing women. Bearded, hirsute Holy Men, bare feet, watching stunned families bathing dressed in bright Indian saris.

 

Groups of pilgrims down the huge wooden barges. Then the calm of our hotel, close to the Ganges, attending dinner before the night ceremony.

 

In the calm of "our" Ganges. We will go down the sacred river in our boat and visit an “akhara”, a gymnasium where Kursty fighters train and compete. If we are lucky we will be able to make a photo coverage of their workouts.

 

Day 1, Delhi-Varanasi

Day 2, Varanasi

Day 3, Varanasi

Day 4, Varanasi

Day 5, Varanasi-Mumbai

 

In Varanasi I always choose to stay in one of the few decent hotels next to where the action is: the Ganges. Tourists are usually sent to the Cantonement area where international hotel chains are based,  a good 40 minutes away from the Ganges on peak hours. In Varanasi, my choice is staying in a Hotel 5 minutes away from the photographic locations. When we have an early start - at 5:30 AM- it's great to save 35 minutes of sleep!

 



Prices per person
9-10 Participants 5960 US$


Supplements
SIngle Room Supplement 1200 US$
Single Room Varanasi Optional Extension 400 US$


Extensions
Varanasi Optional Extension 1950 US$


TERMS

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and for 9-10 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 one, the maximum number of participants per workshop at any time.

 

INCLUDED

 

-Workshop with Harry Fisch.

 

-One Internal Flight.

 

-All Meals excepted day 10

 

-Gratuities:  baggage porterage, driver and assistant,  housekeeping and meals served as part of the tour. The fees do not include the customary gratuity for your guide on the main itinerary and the optinal extension. 

 

-Reception at airport on arrival and departure.

 

-Transport as specified.

 

-Lodging 1st class hotel in Mumbai and Excellent local and bouique  hotels elsewhere, double room, double occupancy. Private bath and air conditioned. De luxe houseboats on the Kerala Backwaters itinerary. 

 

-Visit and activities as specified in the itinerary.

 

- Flight Cochin-Varanasi (Included in the Optional Itinerary)

 

- Flight Varanasi-Delhi (Included in the Optional Itinerary)

 

- All meals (Included in the Optional Itinerary)

 

NON INCLUDED

 

-International flights

 

-Alcohol of any kind on the meals

 

-Personal extras, drinks, laundry, phone, etc..

 

-Camera insurance

 

-Visa.

 

-Airline taxes

 

-Any item not expressly defined as included.



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)