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Spain, Camino de Santiago Photo Tour

5,860 US$
A 12 day Photo Tour in Spain, trekking the spiritual Camino de Santiago (Way of St James). Delve deep into the life of the old pilgrims with photo sessions inside gothic cathedrals, private sessions with local artisans, bee keepers, and chefs. Supported the entire way by private transport and bilingual guides, you will enjoy all […]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • -The incredible landscapes of the Camino de Santiago
  • -Private photo session with professional flamenco dancers.
  • -Tours and photographic sessions in two Gaudí structures.
  • -A personal meet and greet and photo session with one of Castilla y León’s most dedicated Artisans, the Lord of the Rings.
  • -Visits to holy sites including the Iron Cross, and Monasteries of San Xulián de Samos and Santiago de Barbadelo.
  • -Vineyards and Bodega photographic visit and private wine tastings.
  • -Boat tours on the River Sil and River Miño.
  • -Free photo shooting at a traditional open air market in Galicia.
  • -Private tours and photo sessions of a traditional sheep cheese farm and a bee keeping facility and museum.
  • -Miles and miles of unspoilt trekking through the rich forests of Northern Spain.
  • -A genuine Conjuro de Queimada (traditional brew against evil spirits, complete with narrative and fiesta afterwards).
  • -Tour of the famous church of Santiago de Compostela, where you will end your journey.

A 12 day Photo Tour in Spain, trekking the spiritual Camino de Santiago (Way of St James). Delve deep into the life of the old pilgrims with photo sessions inside gothic cathedrals, private sessions with local artisans, bee keepers, and chefs. Supported the entire way by private transport and bilingual guides, you will enjoy all the freedom of a private photographic trip with all the advantages of a Nomad Expeditions Photo Tour.

You will be able to stop your walking at any time if you feel like and join the rest of the group by private transport with an english -spanish guide that will personally accompany you.

The opportunities we have for you, both as a traveler and a photographer, are anything but touristy. We want to capture the true meaning, the spirituality, the excitement, joy, and camaraderie of this road, creating a narrative with our cameras of what it truly means to be a pilgrim. No matter your faith or creed, this experience is not one to miss.

You will walk the same road so many have for hundreds of years, with interactive experiences you can only get on a Nomad Photo Tour. Explore the river Sil and Miño by boat, photographing the high, imposing canyons and clinging vineyards, shiver in the Haunted Forest of Galicia, and learn to ward off evil spirits with an authentic witches' brew and ceremony that is a delight for you and your camera.

Please note: this trip will require quite a bit of walking – from 7 to 9 miles/day-, though there will be private transport nearby at all times for anyone that needs it on any particular day, as well as a guide waiting at the destination point of each day for anyone who needs to arrive early via car. Also, this tour WILL qualify you for a certificate of pilgrimage, the signed document that says you completed the spiritual road and confers special status on the bearer.

Place, characters, frame, the right exposure and the aperture are concepts that I already knew but Harry Fisch taught me how to merge all those elements together in order to get the perfect picture, which can tell a story. I learned that behind a picture there is a whole before and after process. The trip was an enriching experience in my professional and personal life. Would I do it again? Yes, for sure. Thank you Harry.

César Suarez (Los Angeles Ca. USA)



ITINERARY

Pre-Tour (DAY 0): Madrid

Arrival at Madrid-Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport, pickup and transfer to hotel.


For those who arrive before the start of the tour, we will have a special day in Madrid planned, should you care to partake. A short walking tour of the Barrio De Las Letras, home of Lorca, Cervantes, and more, followed by a spectacular dinner at an established favorite in town, and a flamenco show and private photo session with the dancers.


Overnight in Madrid.



DAY 1: Madrid-Leon

In the morning we will leave by bus and head to the city of Léon. Here, we will have a visit to Gaudí’s famous Casa de los Botines for a photo session, the Gothic Catheral, and then have lunch in a local restaurant.


After lunch, we will leave walking along the first stretch of the Camino de Santiago, taking in the lush green of Northern Spain, documenting the pilgrim’s path to peace with our cameras for a few hours until sunset.


In the evening we will find our accommodations along the road and stay overnight. Dinner will be at the accommodation.



DAY 2: Leon-Astorga (16.4 kms / 10.2 miles walking and approximately 20 miles by private bus.)

In the morning just after a very early breakfast, the bus will pick us up and we will head to Hospital de Órbrigo, arriving by 7am. Here, we will view and photograph an old Roman bridge, before continuing our photographic journey through the province of Castilla y León.


After about 10 miles of walking we will arrive in Astorga just in time for lunch and check in at our hotel. We will have a quick tour of Gaudí’s Episcopal Palace for a photo session there, playing with the way the afternoon light falls in this unique architectural structure, before heading off to see the man who calls himself the Lord of the Rings.


Herminio Arias García is a local artisan who has spent years perfecting his crafting skills, with wood, bone, and horn. He particularly likes to make rings and flutes, as well as a typical knife from the region called the navaja maragata, a carved handled folding pocket knife – all things that pilgrims would have taken with them on their journey to Santiago. We will learn how the traditional carvers of his region do their magnificent work, and have a private photo session with him.


At night we will return to Astorga for dinner. Overnight in the hotel.



DAY 3: Astorga-Molinaseca (16.4 kms / 10.2 miles walking and approximately 32 miles by private bus.)

Once again, early in the morning we will set off by bus, arriving at the Cruz de Ferro by 7am in the new day light. The Cruz de Ferro is a large iron cross that marks the highest point of the Camino, and was supposedly build in order to be seen above the snows that frequently fall and cover the paths in this area. But also, it is a special place on the Camino – pilgrims carry to it and leave a rock, representing their burdens, to leave at its base, so that they may walk the rest of the road light of heart and of step. We will have some time photographing this important monument, and leaving our burdens as well, before we begin our walk.


The walk will take us 10 miles through the forests of Molinaseca, rick in rocky hills and tranquil pines, enough to make you feel the true spirit of the road, and find some peaceful pockets to take a few photos as well.


Once we arrive in Molinaseca, we will lunch in a local restaurant, and then have a free afternoon in town to rest or explore. Just before dinner we will have a photo review session.


Dinner and overnight in hotel.



DAY 4: Molinaseca-Villafranca del Bierzo (15.9 kms / 9.9 miles walking and approximately 13 miles by private bus.)

Early in the morning bus transfer to Ponferrada. we will tour the gorgeous city of Ponferrada, the Capital of the Bierzo region, by bus.


Then we will bus to Camponaraya, and begin our 10 mile walk to Villafranca del Bierzo. The forests will start to become richer as we reach to Galician border, and wildlife from deep to raptor birds await us amongst the trees.


Once in town we will lunch at a local restaurant and then head out for a tour of one of the many bodegas that Villafranca has to offer, including a photo session of the traditional methods of wine making in this region.


And, as an extra treat, we will have a wine tasting and dinner at the bodega after our tour and photo session.


Overnight in hotel.



DAY 5: Villafranca del Bierzo-Triacastela (11.4 kms / 7.1 miles walking and approximately 26 miles by private bus.)

Once again we will leave early in the morning by bus, arriving at a high hill on the camino, where we can start our walk down to Triacastela, arriving at 12:00.


This day will be a shorter walk, to give us a break from all the hard walking and non stop days we’ve had before this. We’ll lunch in Triacastela among the gothic buildings and old stone plazas, and then, if you care to, there is a pilgrim’s mass in the church in town, open to all people who would like to attend that are walking the road. It happens every day.


In the evening we will have a photo review session and dinner.


Free night. Overnight in hotel.



DAY 6: Triacastela-Sarria (12.4 kms / 7.7 miles walking and approximately 6 miles by private bus.)

In the morning, we’ll set off for the Monasterio de Samos, or The monastery of San Xulián de Samos, founded in the sixth century, belongs to the order of the Benedictines. The monastery was the School of Theology and Philosophy. It is an important waypoint on the Camino. It has been home to many and had quite a far reaching influence in the Middle Ages, as evidenced by its size, but sadly due to a fire it was almost completely rebuilt in the early 1800s, which is why the architecture differs greatly from part to part. We will stop to have a photo session in the monastery, documenting this safe haven for travelers, before continuing our own pilgrimage towards Sarria.


After arriving in Sarria we will head to the Feira Tradicional Ganadeira, a fixed open air market in the center of Old Town, for lunch and a free spirit kind of photo session. We’ll take in all the sights and smells of traditional Galician food, the whirl of color and noise, the crafts, the people we see with some off the cuff photo shooting.


After a rest at the hotel, we’ll have dinner and a photo review session.


Overnight in the hotel.



DAY 7: Sarria-Portomarin (13.7 kms / 8.5 miles walking and approximately 5 miles by private bus.)

We’ll head out in the morning by bus up to the Romanesque church of Santiago de Barbadelo, which dates to the 11th century. After a quick photo session in this beautiful and picturesque little church, we will start our walk to the Galician village of Portomarin, arriving at noon.


After lunch and a quick rest at the hotel, we’ll leave in the afternoon for a tour of a bodega of aguardiente in O Saviñao – this is a typical liquor of the region with a long history, so, something the pilgrims of old would have definitely encountered. After a tour of the bodega, we’ll head off on a special private boat tour of the Miño and Sil rivers.


Canyons rise up on all sides, taking you to another world. Beautiful Monasteries dot the landscape beyond us, far from touched by tourism, looking as they did five hundred years ago thanks to a mild climate that protects these lands. You will photograph a landscape set back in time where for centuries men have devoted their time to knowledge and the mystery of God.


Some half a kilometer up the canyon walls you will see vineyards on the steep slope, home of Amandi wine. It was so treasured by the Romans it was called the gold of the River Sil, and is produced exclusively by the Benedictine monks that still live along the river. We will stay on the boat until sunset.


Then, we will return to Portomarin for dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

 

DAY 8: Portomarin-Palas de Rei (13.5 kms / 8.4 miles walking and approximately 4 miles by private bus.)

As usual we will leave early in the morning and go by bus to Hospital del Cruz, from where we will walk almost 10 miles to Palas de Rei. The forest in Galicia is thick and green, and also, as they tell it, haunted. It is called the Bosque Animada, full of spirits that might care to do you harm, once the sun goes down. We will take our time photographing the beautiful and spooky places we find along the road, but fortunately, we will not be there after dark!


We will lunch in Palas de Rei before heading out to the Granja Arqueixal – an eco farm that specializes in traditional cheese making. These farms, representative of places pilgrims could have stopped for supplies and rest, will take us back in time to the old days of the Camino. We will have a private photo session with the farmers and their animals, even trying our hand at the cheese making ourselves if we so wish.


Dinner and overnight in Palas de Rei.



DAY 9: Palas de Rei-Arzúa (12.6 kms / 7.8 miles walking and approximately 12 miles by private bus.)

We will bus in the morning to our start point, leaving early, and walking along the forest road from Palas de Rei to our stopping point. Once there, we will have lunch at a local restaurant.


Today on our path of the pilgrim, we will be setting off to see O Enredo do Abelleiro, which is a working bee farm and a museum for traditional bee keeping. As honey was a staple food across the Mediterranean before sugar was widely introduced to the continent, bees and their keepers played an important role in creating cuisine for the region. We will have a photo session here.


Then, we will head back to Arzúa by bus. Once in town we will check in at the hotel, and then head to dinner and a photo session at La Nueva Pulpeira de Arzúa, which is a traditional seafood restaurant that deals primarily in the famous Galician Octopus! There, we will have a fun and interesting photo shoot with the owner of the restaurant who will show us exactly how these famous octopi are prepared and served.


Overnight in the hotel.



DAY 10: Arzúa-Santiago (10.6 kms / 6.6 miles walking and approximately 14 miles by private bus.)

In the morning we will arrive in the town of Ras by bus and begin our final walk of the tour, finally arriving at Santiago de Compostela by noon.


Congratulations, pilgrim! You have reached the end of the journey! To celebrate, we will attend noon mass at the Cathedral, the proud bearers of a certification of pilgrimage, and then head to a local restaurant for lunch.


Afterwards we will check in and rest at the hotel, then have our final photo review session before dinner.


After dinner we will participate in and photograph our very own private Conxuro de Queimada, a traditional conjuring of good luck in the form of beautiful blue and orange flaming alcohol. We will photo document it from start to finish.


Most Spanish celebrations have a typical food or drink associated to them, and that is the case of the queimada. This is a traditional Galician beverage made from orujo or aguardiente (strong alcoholic liquor distilled from wine and grape or herbs pressings), orange or lemon peels and sugar as main ingredients. Some people also add coffee beans, fruit chunks or cinnamon. You have to burn it slowly in a clay pot. When it is set alight, it shows beautiful blue flames.


During the preparation of the queimada, you have to recite the ‘conxuro da queimada’, (the spell of queimada), a poem that provides protection against black magic and witches, and keeps bad spirits away.


Overnight in hotel.



DAY 11: Santiago-Madrid

Fly home. End of services.



Prices per person
9-10 Participants 5860 US$


Supplements
US$


WHAT'S INCLUDED

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • - Private bus transportation, support and luggage transfer throughout the trip*.
  • - All meals, wine, beer water and snacks included except for three meals.
  • - Tutoring by photographer/expert Harry Fisch.
  • - Double occupancy hotel room in first and tourist class hotel and Paradores each night of the tour.
  • - English speaking staff will walk with the group every day.
  • - Spanish mobile phones for emergency use.
  • - Daily route map.
  • - Tours of León and the Monastery de Samos with professional guides.
  • - Tour to wineries including wine tasting.
  • - Boat tours along the River Sil and River Miño

 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  • - International and domestic flights
  • - Personal extras, such as drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.
  • - Airport taxes
  • - Any other item not mentioned as included

 

Total distance: 320 km. Total distance on foot: 76.36 miles (123 km). This trip qualifies for the Compostelana, the certificate of pilgrimage.

 

*A private vehicle and English speaking guide will be available for assisting you during the entire tour to help with any needs that may arise along the way. We will have snacks, water, first aid kits and everything necessary for emergencies nearby and always on hand.



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)