FAQ

Violet-headed Hummingbird

What does the price of a tour include?

We cover all travel expense once you have landed in the country where the tour is conducted.   This means any type of travel by vehicle or domestic airfare. Also included are all accommodations, meals and tips (where appropriate). Bottled water and other non-alcoholic beverages will be provided when in the field.   Park entrance fees where applicable are also included in your tour price.

Single room accommodation is billed as an additional cost. Please let us know if you need single accommodation.

What does the price of a tour NOT include?

Airfare to the destination country, visas, travel insurance, health insurance, alcoholic beverages, phone expenses, laundry, and any personal type items.

 

How will I obtain money for extras once I have landed?

We will provide time at local ATM’s for you to acquire funds. Most international ATM’s use an interact system that can connect to your home bank calculating the appropriate exchange rates.

 

Will there be cell phone reception? In many cases the answer is yes. However you will need to purchase a simms card for whatever country your tour is destined for. Please check with your carrier for further information. Please remember that cell phone usage is strictly for private times when you are away from the group. You will need to make sure your cell phone ringers are turned off during any group setting. Ie. Travel aboard vehicles, in the field, at dinner etc.

 

What about poisonous snakes and biting insects?

Most travelers wonder about Australia in particular with this topic. However after months of travel and hundreds of KM’s on foot in Australia we have encountered very few reptiles of any sort. Rather, with natural precautions in place (ie watching where you step) it is more likely that some may be disappointed with the lack of reptiles to view.

Insects, like those found in Costa Rica trips are once more highly overrated as a nuisance. We find that places in the Northern Hemisphere areas (Canada and Alaska for example) have much more rougher conditions when it comes to biting insects! Although not overly common, chiggers can be an issue in some places but can be avoided with proper insect repellent and other precautions. Flies in Australia can be bothersome at times but are rarely the biting type.

 

What type of clothing should I bring along for the tour?

A broad brimmed hat to shield from the sun, earth colored nylon UV protection shirts and field pants that are drip dry, and sturdy but lightweight enclosed footwear. (Goretex footwear is a good choice in many instances). Sandals are NOT field shoes and should be avoided except at beach locations. Remember you will need to dress in layers. Warm down vests (even in warm countries it gets cold at night!) A wool hat and lightweight wool gloves for crispy mornings. A lightweight rain jacket in many cases is preferred as well.

 

How much luggage am I allowed?

Because of space restrictions we recommend you travel light. One modest-size suitcase and one carry-on only. Remember we will have access to laundry facilities along the way. Less is better!

 

What about optical equipment? What should I bring?

Crucial to your enjoyment are a good pair of binoculars. If you haven’t purchased a pair as yet please contact us for some recommendations at excellent prices. We have had many years putting several brands to the test and can offer expert advise.

 Besides your luggage, Camera equipment is a major must have for many of us but we ask that you leave spotting scopes at home. We provide high quality scopes at no cost for your added enjoyment.

 

What about booking flights to the country we will be located? Do you offer flight recommendations?

 We make excellent suggestions on how to book your flight. Always remember the earlier you sign up and organize your trip then the better your chances are for optimum airfares!  You can call us at 1-800-707-2896 for more information.

 

What if I have to cancel my trip with you?

Refund and Cancellation Policy With written notice more than 60 days prior to the first day of the tour, 100% of your deposit will be refunded.  If cancelling between 59 and 30 days notice, you will receive a 50% refund of the full cost of the tour. No refund can be made with less than 30 days notice. You will receive a full refund if you provide a replacement for your spot on the tour. No partial refund can be given once the tour begins.