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Photo Tour to Pushkar Camel Fair, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi

PUSHKAR, NOV. 11 - NOV. 19, 2018  6930 US$DEPARTURE DATES

A Photo Tour to India, Pushkar Camel Fair 2018, with a visit to the Taj Mahal, Elephant Safari ride, Optional Varanasi, Indian Tribes. Visiting the incredible cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur.

We will be in India during Diwali, the most important Indian Festivity. A joy of lights and music on the streets. Exploring out of the beaten paths locations. As an optional extension we will be visiting Varanasi , the oldest inhabited city in the world.

In comfortable hotels, and restaurants

You can see here some of my personal work on Varanasi as well as some posts in my blog. This is where I took in 2012 the picture that won and later lost the National Geographic Photo World Contest.

Should you want to look at other pictures of India, please visit this India Gallery

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • In short: The Pushkar Camel Fair, The Taj Mahal, Varanasi, Diwali, Elephant Safari ...
  • Early morning landsacape shooting of the Taj Mahal
  • Visit the Bishnois, a desert dwelling people who have been the stewards of Nature for hundreds of years,
  • We will be in India during DIWALI, the most important Indian festivity
  • An Elephant Safari
  • Our daily life in Benares, staying beside the Ganges, in contact with the people of our Gaht: pilgrims, barbers, flower salesmen, boatmen, Holy Men and the occasional tourist. (Optional Extension) 
  • Capture the magic, life, and color of the one-of-a-kind, dynamic Pushkar Camel Fair with an internationally awarded photographer that knows the place and India.
  • Get the chance to visit Bada Bagh, where the royal family members were cremated.
  • The walled city of Jaipur and an elephant safari next to the Amer Fort
  • The blue city of Jodhpur, the incredible alleys and back streets.
  • Take a 4WD jeep safari to a few local villages in the middle of the desert. We will be off roading as we visit these desert communities, so hold on to your hats!
  • The experience of enjoying photography with intensity and accompanied by a professional travel photographer that understands the secrets of this extraordinary city.

Our Photo Tour to India, Pushkar Camel Fair 2018, takes you through Jaipur, Jodhpur in 9 days. As an optional extension we will visit Varanasi , the oldest inhabited city in the world. We will stay in and around Pushkar for nearly three days to fully capture the life and soul of the Fair, and then set off to explore the most extraordinary parts of Rajahstan.

Not many other places and no other moment could provide the sheer amount of photo opportunities or the variety!

In the desert of Rajasthan aside a quiet lake, is a normally sleepy town called Pushkar. But at the first full moon in November, this town bursts to life in a whirl of color and sound and vibrancy with the arrival of the Pushkar Camel Fair. Come on a 10 day photographic tour led by the talented and experienced Harry Fisch, who will take you deep into Rajasthan’s heart for the opportunity of a lifetime.

 

Capturing this once in a life time event on camera is pure photographic joy. The sheer range of photo opportunities is unparalleled; from the hectic heckling and bargaining in the streets, the kaleidoscope of color of the stalls and clothes, the diversity of people, and the spinning movement of traders, pilgrims, and dashing cowboys, it’s a smorgasbord of chances to tell a unique and wondrous story. You’ll feel you’ve stepped into another world as you find your way through the sea of laughter, color, and of course, camels, against the backdrop of dusty tent camps dotted along the high golden dunes of the desert beyond.

 

On the Optional Varanasi Extension (see bellow "Extension") we will expend some days in a city that represents all the spiritual and boiling India. We will get to know a different Benares 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.

 

This tour doesn’t stop only at the fair, though. Beyond Pushkar is the rest of Rajasthan and Delhi with some incredible tales and surprises just waiting to be discovered. From Delhi, to Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Manvar, and Udaipur, this itinerary has it all, and is logistically designed for photographers, maximizing the opportunities you’ll have to work with your camera, and presenting chances to meet and photograph the real Rajasthan that you can’t get anywhere else.

It all starts in Delhi with a deep exploration of ancient forts, colorful markets, and the throbbing pulse that links the old city to the modern people living in it. From tiny artisan work spaces and private homes, you’ll have a chance to get up close and personal with the locals and shoot some interesting angles that are not as restricted as typical touristy photography.

After Delhi we’re off to Jaipur, the Pink City, made of local pink stone. The landscape is punctuated by massive, glorious forts, extravagant palaces, and temples with sprawling, exotic gardens.

Jodhpur is next on this palette of cities, known as the Blue City, dominated by the Mehrangarh Fort which surveys the bustling city from high atop a cliff. Inside this fort we’ll have a chance to work with low light and scenes playing out in front of impressive architecture. And then, from the top of the cliff on the fort’s balconies we’ll have a panoramic view of the entire painted city, sprawling like a sea of indigo out to meet the red-gold burning sands of the Thar Desert. We’ll explore the winding streets of this ancient place, photographing the people we find against the blue background of the buildings, with a few surprise private photo sessions as well.

And then last we’ll come to Udaipur, a city of life and culture. Set on an interconnected system of small lakes, Udaipur is a gorgeously orchestrated affair that offers incredible sunset and sunrise opportunities for photographers, and we’ll spend plenty of time working with the strong images of the city’s many Rajput era palaces and temples against the shimmering waters.

I joined Harry on two trips, the first across Ethiopia and another through Cuba. While I am well versed in traveling the world with my camera, Harry connected me with the people and the experience unlike anyone else in the past, helping me clean my photographic language, becoming more coherent. Taking a trip with Harry will not explore the explored and travel through postcards, but force you to breath the air of the place you occupy, understanding the story you wish to tell. Photography is experienced through immersion, Its a unique experience dancing with the villagers, communicating with those who cannot understand you and walk to the market with the tribes of Ethiopia. I highly recommend experiencing new places and telling a story with your camera with Harry. I became a better photographer .

Gil Shulman (Israel)



ITINERARY

 

DAY 1.- DELHI


On arrival in Delhi, transfer to the hotel.


Afternoon explore “Old Delhi” with its narrow dirt roads, its myriad people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. We will reach the heart of Chandini Chowk (the old city). Negotiating alleyways, which seemingly get narrower and narrower we end up at the Jama Masjid, the largest Muslim mosque in India.


Overnight in the Hotel

 

DAY 2. – DELHI/AGRA

Early departure to Agra and checking at the hotel

Afternoon photography of Agra Fort and evening at Taj Mahal. is another dimension to the city. Built by Akbar in Red Sandstone when he was through with the consolidation of his power after accession to power in 1654, Agra Fort worked both as a military strategic point as well as the royal residence.

Most of the buildings within the Agra Fort are a mixture of different architectural styles. The assimilation of these different styles has given the buildings within the fort a distinctive look.

Late afternoon photograph Taj Mahal from other side of the river.

Taj Mahal is best experienced at sunrise when the light reflects off the marble to give it a magnificent hue. The Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan over a period of 17 years from 1632, in memory of his beloved late wife Mumtaz Mahal. A world Heritage site, it is one of the wonders of the modern world and you will be enthralled with its ethereal beauty.


DAY 3. – AGRA. AFTERNOON TO JAIPUPR

Early morning sunrise sightseeing of Taj Mahal. Then, after breakfast, departure to Jaipur

We will enjoy street photography in Jaipur.


Jaipur is popularly known as Pink City. With its rich & colorful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was founded in the year 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber.


Afternoon drive to Dera Amer, situated behind the hills of the famous Amer Fort. Dera Amer is located at the foothills of the Aravali Range and surrounded by the wilderness of a reserved forest with no urban civilization in the vicinity, just a few hamlets housing the local villagers occupied by farming on the their fields bordering a pretty lake.

After a traditional lunch in the dera (camp) we will proceed for an elephant safari in the wilderness.


In the evening return back to Jaipur for overnight stay.


Overnight in the Hotel


DAY 4.- JAIPUR - PUSHKAR


En route, visiting the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. An enormous building from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.


Enjoy an Elephant ride to the top of the Palace of Amber City Fort with the Aravalli hills around and 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs till 1037.


Later drive to Pushkar, upon arrival, we will check into our Swiss tents. Each of these tents has private attached toilets with running cold water. Hot water will be provided in the morning and evening. There will be proper beds as well as electricity in each tent.


We'll have three days to revel in the amazing spectacle called Pushkar. Thousands of camels, horses and cattle, along with their owners, camp in the sand dunes. Trade goes on day and night and brisk deals are made an animals exchanged. It is an assemblage of men with large colorful turbans, women wrapped in exquisite jewelry from head to toe, and children dressed in stunning, traditional attire.


Overnight in the Camp


DAY 5 & 6.- PUSHKAR


The fair is primarily devoted to the trade of camels, sheep, horses and cows. Their owners persuade and haggle, trying to sell them at the most competitive prices. The festival also offers the women an opportunity to purchase a huge variety of jewelry and so they come to mingle and browse while their menfolk barter. The stalls sell everything imaginable, richly colored clothes, as well as tattoo shops, food, and fine metal work. And of course, there is entertainment! Jugglers and fire dancers perform for the crowd. As the fair nears its climax, various competitive events are held, such as camel races, musical chairs, and beauty contests. All in all it makes for a photographer's delight.


During this time, will also visit the Brahma temple as well as Pushkar Lake where thousands of people bath every day.


The Temple of Brahma is the only temple in the world where Lord Brahma is still worshipped, and so understandably it is the main attraction at Pushkar. The Temple has a special position in Hindu pantheons.


Pushkar Lake has immense significance for the followers of Hinduism. According to the legend, the lake was dedicated to Lord Brahma after a lotus fell from his hands and dropped into this picturesque valley. A lake sprang up on the same spot, which called a convocation of the entire Hindu pantheon, and it is now considered holy.


Overnight in the Camp


DAY 7.- PUSHKAR - JODHPUR


After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.


Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan & has landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge.


Late afternoon photographic exploration of the “Old Blue City” as well as the medieval bazaars of Jodhpur. So named because of the blue indigo used in the white wash of the houses, this area of Jodhpur is a delight for the photographers.


Overnight in the Hotel


DAY 8.- JODHPUR


After breakfast visit the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive & formidable structures anywhere in India. Built by Rao Jodha, this 5km long Fort is on a 125m high hill & has some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels latticed window.


Afternoon jeep safari to the Bishnoi villages near Jodhpur. The Bishnoi is a religious tribe who preserve the bio-diversity and animals.


Overnight in the Hotel


DAY 9.- JODHPUR - DELHI


Morning visit to Jodhpur and Street photography


Also enjoy a good lunch amid the 19th century walled orchard the Maharani Bagh Orchard belonging to the Royal family. The orchard is full of bougainvillea and fruit trees predominantly mangoes.


Afternoon transfer to airport to board in flight to Delhi.



EXTENSIONS


VARANASI.- 


As an optional extension we will visit Varanasi , also known as Benares or Kashi, the oldest inhabited city in the world. A city that represents a spiritual, thrumming India.


We will get to know a different Varanasi to the one other tourists ever 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 be in Varanasi calmly, 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.

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, 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.



Prices per person
9-10 Participants 6930 US$


Supplements
US$
Single Room Supplement 1450 US$
Varanasi Single Room Supplement 620 US$


Extensions
Varanasi Optional Extension 2400 US$


TERMS

INCLUDED

 

    • - All internal Flights
    • - All breakfasts, all meals 
    • - All tips to porters, and drivers, not for the guide
    • - All specified transfers and transportation
    • - Private air-conditioned vehicle during the tour.
    • - Accommodation in first class and tourist class hotels and Swiss style tents (in Pushkar) 
    • - Only at Pushkar Fair: Tented Camp. Swiss tents with private attached toilets with running cold water. Hot water will be provided in the morning and evening. There will be proper beds as well as electricity in each tent.
    • - All activities and visits specified in the itinerary
    • - English speaking guide
    • - Tutoring by photographer/expert Harry Fisch.

 

 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

 

    • - International Flights
    • - Personal extras, such as drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.
    • - Guide tipping
    • - Airport taxes or Any other item not mentioned 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

CUBA PHOTO TOUR. BOOKING & CANCELATION POLICY

On the Cuba People to People Photo Tour (The Travel Agent) , all payments are made directly to the licensed travel agent In Touch Travel Services. All travel arrangements and services for the Cuba People to People trip are provided by In Touch Travel Services LLC under special from the US Treasury Department License No. CT-2014-313005-1, licensed 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

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.

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 300 $.

- 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.