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Mexico, Day of the Deads

MEXICO,, OCT. 27 - NOV. 05, 2019  5430 US$DEPARTURE DATES

A Mexico Day of the Deads Photo tour with the amiable and friendly Tino Soriano. Along the years many times published in the National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine. He holds five Foto Press awards as well as the Unesco, Oms and World Press Photo Foundation’s awards

An incredible experience at the villages capturing with your camera how the tiny towns in this area are preparing their homes, plazas, and graveyards for the celebrations. Witness how people flock in the hundreds and thousands to the grave sites setting up altars to their long passed ancestors that bear colorful sprays of flowers and special food that is only made at this time of year.

The soul of Mexican culture is certainly best expressed in the days leading up to the country’s most famous celebration: Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. From the Ruins of Monte Alban to the color frenzy of the market place of Oaxaca, Nomad Photo Expedition’s Day of the Dead Photo Tour will give you exclusive access to the most incredible sights and events during this whirlwind festival.

 

The festival remains largely unchanged from times long past, as the country is heavily steeped in its traditions. In the last week of October up through November 2, the country flourishes like a desert flower unfolding after the rain. Figures of skeletons, bouquets of flowers in sprays of pink and marigold, and sprawling carpets of sand called tapetas suddenly crop up in every corner of every village – parades are held with dancers reeling with skull masks and flaring, colorful skirts, musicians earn their keep in almost every public space. It’s a celebration, but there’s also a gravity to it, some old, deep story begging to be told. This day was celebrated long before the Spaniards ever arrived in the Yucatan, and despite European efforts to eradicate the local culture, it remained. It is rooted in the very core of Mexico.

 

This tour does not stay in the cities or near the tourist spots, but also gets deep into the rural areas and lesser known villages where tradition still reigns supreme. Here, Nomad offers you the change to get up close and personal with the real people of Mexico, with wonderful opportunities for portrait work, as well as full body and action shots of the celebrants in action.

 

We welcome you to come explore it with us, photograph it, tell the story you see unfolding as you find the threads of so many generations of observance coming together in a rich tapestry before you. Drink agave liquor with the locals, join in on the parades, explore everything from Zapotec ruins to colonial churches, and find out what makes Mexico not only rich in everything a photographer could want, but a place unlike any other.

Initially I was drawn to Harry”s stunning photographs. While the website was very informative on all aspects, my recent trip to Ethiopia exceeded my expectations.
Harry is an amazing host, generously sharing his passion for travel and photography. His spirit and understanding of people, places and cultures truly made this not just a trip,
but an adventure and a memory. I look forward to many more.

Maxine Helfman (USA)



ITINERARY

 

Day 1.- ARRIVAL FIRST VISITS

We will arrive at Oaxaca airport and have transportation to our hotel, where we will be free to rest and freshen up before we have our welcome and orientation dinner.

Overnight in hotel.

 

Day 2.- THE VILLAGES

 We’ll start off our tour by hitting the ground running; it’s off to the villages at first light to see how the tiny towns in this area are preparing their homes, plazas, and graveyards for the celebrations. Also, as life is relatively unchanged here from other more urban places, we’ll have the opportunity to see the celebrants in action with nothing forced or staged.

First up is El Tule, which above everything else boasts a tree which is over 2,000 years old. Then, we’re off to the tiny hamlet of Teotitlan de Valle, which has what are fabled as the finest rugs and carpets in all of Mexico for sale. After a bit of lunch we’ll continue to Tlacolula which is a mix of traditional fare, but some colonial aspects as well, including its 16th century church. Then it’s on to Yagul which by contrast has ancient Zapotec ruins which are just as imposing and serene as the colonial churches. Lastly, we’ll end up in Mitla where both colonial church and Zapotec ruins stand side by side, and we’ll photograph them just as the last light of day fills the sky.

Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 3.-  THE MARKET AND SANTO DOMINGO

Just after breakfast we’ll take an organized trip to another small hamlet to see the local market, as it is market day. Here we’ll have some unstructured time for off the cuff shots and taking in the busy kaleidoscope of buying and selling. Then, after a spot of lunch we’ll visit the church of Santo Domingo, which is hailed as one of the most structurally and artistically beautiful in all of Mexico for a shoot inside and out of the building.

Across from it is the Convent that shares the same name but that also houses a museum of the Oaxacan cultures that predated the Spanish conquest. Then, it’s dinner and free time in the city.

Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 4.- THE TRADITIONS

Finally the time is nigh! We’ll get a city tour today to orient ourselves which will include Oaxaca’s picturesque central park, the myriad of gorgeous colonial churches, and several of the bustling marketplaces which at this time of the year will be packed with people from all over bartering, talking, eating, sharing, and preparing for the most important holiday of their calendar year. It’s here that you’ll be introduced to all the staples and traditions, from the elaborate process of making sugar skulls and sweet breads, to artisans who have been making their artifacts for generations.

Dinner will be at a restaurant with a view, and not just any view: it overlooks the plaza and the great cathedral, so we will have plenty of time for twilight shots from a good vantage point, as this excited, buzzing city gears on towards the big day…

Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 5.- THE PARADES. THE GRAVEYARDS

Up before dawn to see the first of many parades, which will be the children’s parades that go around the main plazas. Then, we’ll be off to the graveyards where families set up special altars to their long passed ancestors that bear colorful sprays of flowers and special food that is only made at this time of year. We’ll have time to photograph this powerful ritual, the families gathering, many stories and many generations all brought together to the same place where their roots go into the earth together. And in the background, Mariachis will stroll, the smell of sweetbread will permeate everything.

Today will be spent in the graveyards, taking advantage of the changes in people and also in light, including into the twilight when candles are lit and the purple dusk falls as vigils of night begin.

Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 6: MORE PARADES. MORE GRAVEYARDS

This morning will be somewhat of a repeat of the day before, as there will be more children’s parades and also time spent by the locals at the grave altars – so this will be the time for us to get any shots we couldn’t get the day before, or finish up stories, find missing images we want in our photographic tale.

Then, in the afternoon we’ll travel out to some of the local villages to see and photograph the rituals there, before ending up at a specially selected restaurant where we’ll be treated to traditional tamales, hot chocolate and mezcal. We’ll have some time with the chefs, learning about how each of these traditional dishes are made, and then we’ll have some time learning about the mescal, which is a unique tequila like drink made only in this area. After dinner we’ll have a night time shoot of more of the village and the altars, before heading back home.

Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 7.- EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

The big day finally arrives – El Día de los Muertos. The atmosphere changes slightly in the general cemetery, which is where we will be spending most of our day. Now that the vigils have past, it’s finally a time of celebration for the life that was once lived. The music brightens, the colors too, and people flock in the hundreds and thousands to the grave sites of their ancestors. We’ll spend the better part of the day here, and then the afternoon and evening in the smaller towns to see and capture the differences between city and rural life, but also the connecting threads in the same story of this culture and its people.

Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 8: LAST ASHES

Taking it a little easy this morning after such a long few days before, today we’ll be focused on the local artisans and craftmakers, and we have a few photo shoots set up with several individuals who will display how they create their wares, generally using traditional methods. After a leisurely lunch, however, we have one more surprise – there’s a little known village near Oaxaca where the Day of the Dead celebrations actually happen on the 3rd instead of the day before, so we’ll head out there for our last chance to shoot the festivities.

Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 9: THE AZTECAS 

This morning for our last day in country we have a photo shoot set up with a professional model who will dress in traditional skirts and clothing for us, and we will have a variety of backgrounds to choose from including monolith wooden church doors, the corridors of a monastery, and the last of the crowds in the market place.

Finally, we’ll head to the ruins of Monte Alban at sunset to photograph the impressive Zapotec ruins as the last long rays of the sun spill over the beautiful countryside.

 

We’ll end our tour on a high note, a celebration dinner in the city.

Overnight in Oaxaca.

 

Day 10: LAST DAY

Time to say goodbye! We’ll have transportation to the airports for all flights. End of services.



Prices per person
9-10 Participants 5430 US$


Supplements
Single Room Surcharge Main Itinerary 1000 US$


TERMS

INCLUDED

 

- 1st class Hotel

- All Meals

- Travel Photographer Expert

- Local guide

- Private air conditioned bus

 

 

 

NON INCLUDED

 

- International flights

- Tips

- Anything not specified at "Included"

 

 

 



BOOKING

All terms are valid for all destinations. Exceptionally, the BOOKING AND CANCELATION TERMS DIFFER FOR 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.

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 Nomad Photo Expedition .

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.

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 a licensed Travel Agent , 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, The Travel Agent 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 Nomad PhotoTexpedition 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 Nomad PhotoTexpedition 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 Nomad PhotoTexpedition 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. Nomad Photo Expedition reserves the right to request a medical certificate from a participant at any time before departure or during the photo tour. Nomad Photo Expedition 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 Nomad Photo Expedition 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 Nomad Photo Expedition 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.

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 a 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.

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 Nomad Photo Expedition 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

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

Nomad Photo Expedition 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 Nomad Photo Expedition

 

CUBA PHOTO TOUR.    SPECIFIC BOOKING & CANCELATION POLICY

 

Please read carefully all the terms and conditions that have been stated above (Terms and Conditions) . All are valid for the Cuba Photo Tour except the following Booking and Cancelation Policy.

On the Cuba People to People Photo Tour, all payments are made directly to the licensed travel agent. All travel arrangements and services for the Cuba People to People trip are provided by a licensed Agent under the guidelines outlined by the United States Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

A deposit of $700 per person is required to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour. Deposits are generally non-refundable, except in rare cases when we cannot confirm all components of a booking at the purchase price.

We strongly suggest to buy a "Cancel for any reason" Trip Cancellation Insurance, i.e: Travelex, Travelguard , or any other reliable insurance.

FINAL PAYMENT:

Any pending balance must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to departure.

CANCELATION POLICY CUBA

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. We recommend the purchase of the optional supplemental travel insurance package to protect oneself in case of an unexpected medical emergency.

 

The Travel Agent 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 The Travel Agent will give you back your deposit less 500 $.

- Between 120 and 91 days before the departure date, 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, 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, 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, the Travel Agent 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 he will provide the participant with a refund and/or credit toward a future Nomad Photo Expedition trip equivalent to monies paid to them.

IMPORTANT: The information provided herein is a brief summary, but not a comprehensive description of payment policy by our partner People to People Licensed Travel Agency. It is very important that all travelers understand the cancellation policy. If it is not clear, please contact us for clarification and a complete description.


All itineraries provide a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interactions between you and individuals in Cuba. U.S. law requires that all persons who participate in this program adhere to this full time schedule, and imposes on The Travel Agent the obligation to ensure such adherence.