South America Natural Adventures

nature travel, wildlife tours, adventure travel and general travel to Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Antarctica


Amazon River Tour October 6, 2006


Tour Information, Terms and Conditions


Tour Date
October 6 to October 16, 2006
Extension: October 16 to October 19

Main trip:$3235 based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $95; there is no single option for the boat portion unless there is cabin space available; single occupancy if requested is then assigned on a first-come basis.
Extension: $725; single supplement $190

International and internal flights from Miami to Manaus and return; all accommodation in Manaus and on board the Tucano, port fees, meals including bottled water (available at all time) as per itinerary, airport/hotel transfers when traveling on group air, guiding, tours, taxes excluding airline taxes and fees of aproximately $130 (billed separately on your invoice and subject to change)

Not Included
International and internal air taxes and fees; domestic air to Miami; items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls etc; tips to guides and other staff, alcoholic or carbonated beverages; transfers if traveling apart form the scheduled group activities or air; passport of visa fees.

In short, this is a very inclusive tour, with very little not included from once we depart Miami until we return.



Nature Travel Specialists wants you to enjoy your trip and your anticipation of it. Please read the following carefully to ensure you are aware of all aspects of your travel arrangements with us, and contact us if you have any questions.

Services included in travel arrangements made by South American Natural Adventures (a trading name of Nature Travel Specialists LLC) are limited to those described in the supplied itinerary. No other services are included or implied. Please check your itinerary and/or tickets carefully for errors or omissions upon receipt, and contact us if necessary.

Travel insurance
Fees for passports and/or visas
US and foreign airport departure taxes, reciprocity tax, domestic air taxes, GST taxes (unless otherwise noted) and security taxes.
Where such fees and taxes accompany air or other services they will be charged on a separate line of your invoice, and are
subject to change.
Tips to drivers and guides
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, equipment rental, phone calls, beverages, camera fees etc.

A deposit of $600 per person is required at time of booking. A further payment of $350 is required at 150 days prior to departure. Final payment for all land and air arrangements will be due 90 days prior to travel, unless otherwise stated in your specific booking form. Airlines do not guarantee ticket prices until tickets are paid for; therefore quoted prices for airline tickets are subject to variation until ticketed. If ticketing occurs prior to usual final payment date the full price of the ticket including taxes is due at that time. All costs are accurate at time of travel arrangement; however as many arrangements are made well in advance of travel any fluctuations in exchange rates or costs received by South American Natural Adventures may result in changed pricing; such reasonable changes are expressly agreed to by you. Some programs sold by South American Natural Adventures may have minimum numbers, and may be subject to cancellation or re-pricing if numbers fall below the minimum; for this program this minimum number is 12. Please note that in some circumstances such re-pricing is part of the tour agreement and does not justify withdrawal from the tour.

All cancellations must be made in writing and are effective upon receipt in our office. The following fees apply and are per person:

$150 from time of booking until 180 days prior to departure, plus any additional cancellation fees imposed by suppliers
$350 from 179 days until 90 days prior to departure, plus any additional cancellation fees imposed by suppliers
25% of total costs, plus any additional cancellation fees imposed by suppliers, from 89 to 45 days prior to departure
Full penalty frorm 45 to 0 days prior to departure.

South American Natural Adventures will make good faith efforts to secure refunds from its travel suppliers, and these will be refunded to you subject to the above penalties and at South American Natural Adventures’ discretion. Please note that no claim is made that such refunds will be available or made.

Many tour suppliers reserve the right to cancel any tour. Should a tour be cancelled, South American Natural Adventures will inform you of any such cancellation when we are so informed, subject to reasonable working delay. Under such circumstances the supplier will usually refund the full trip cost; however any additional costs such as non-refundable air tickets or penalties, insurance and additional incurred costs are not refundable by either the supplier or South American Natural Adventures. Under these circumstances South American Natural Adventures will waive its usual cancellation fees.

Transfers of tours or other travel arrangements to different dates are subject to a 5% transfer fee, plus any fees or penalties imposed by tour suppliers, hotels, airlines etc.

South American Natural Adventures and its affiliates act as agents only for airline carriers; all tickets are subject to the rules, restrictions and penalties of the individual carrier. Please note that international and overseas airlines may have different rules, restrictions and responsibilities to those based in the US. Changes made after tickets are issued are subject to penalties. If a non-refundable ticket is purchased or a ticket subject to airline penalties is purchased and there are subsequent changes, all fees are the responsibility of the traveler. Air arrangements made by South American Natural Adventures have been designed to allow for legal and comfortable connection times; however we are not responsible for missed connections and any subsequent travel arrangements and/or costs necessary to continue with your travel arrangements. Where US domestic tickets are issued in conjunction with international tickets any missed connections due to airline delays or weather are usually dealt with by the delivering airline; in most cases they will assist you in making a connection that will help you get to your destination. If not please contact us for further assistance.

A US passport valid for 6 months beyond your planned return date is essential. US citizens require a visa, current cost $100, to enter Brazil for up to 5 years (90 days for certain Brazilian Consulate jurisdictions; please check with your local Brazilian Consulte for full details as these requirements are subject to change). For information regarding visas and to obtain application details, contact the Brazilian consulate in New York (tel. 917-777-7777;, Los Angeles (tel. 213-651-2664), or Miami (tel. 305-285-6200; Allow 3 weeks for visas to be issued by mail, which also incurs an additional processing fee of $12. South American Natural Adventures can process your information for an additional fee of $35. Visas can be issued within a couple of days if applied for in person. NOTE: first entry into Brazil must be within 90 days of visa issuance, but visas are good for multiple entries over 5 years. For those with non-US passports, please contact a Brazilian Consulate for appropriate requirements. If you are traveling with minors you should contact your international carrier for specific requirements; usually a notarized letter from the parent(s) and suitable photo ID is required. For safety and ease of travel we strongly recommend minors have their own passport; please contact the appropriate embassy for acceptability if you have a family passport.

No specific health requirements are necessary for Brazil unless you have been in yellow fever areas within 5 days of entry into Brazil, or are entering from Ecuador, Peru, Colombia or Bolivia. Please make us aware if you have been in such areas, however it is the responsibility of the traveler to be aware of any restrictions that may apply, and take measures accordingly. No refunds will be given for refusal of entry due to these circumstances. The CDC website - - has current information regarding health precautions for travel to Brazil.

As we cannot know your personal medical condition, you here certify that you are aware of the activities included in this tour/travel and are capable of participating in them.

We highly recommend travel, personal and property insurance, as your personal insurance may contain limitations. Complete travel insurance for this trip is available with a leading travel insurer through South America Natural Adventures for $136 (<60), $193 (61-70) and $262 (71-75). Please call or email for more information.

South American Natural Adventures/Nature Travel Specialists LLC, Big Five Tours, their affiliates, cooperating airlines and agencies (hereinafter referred to as THEY) act only in the capacity as agents in all matters of transportation and tour operations, and THEIR liability is limited to the terms of airline tickets and/or supplier agreements. THEY are not liable for any expenses or injuries due to delays, inconveniences, accidents, expenses or mishaps of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part, from the negligence of others or from causes beyond THEIR control. THEY can accept no liability or responsibility for injuries, losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, acts of God, sickness, weather, strike, war, terrorism, quarantine, theft, civil unrest, or other causes over which THEY have no control. The right is reserved to substitute accommodations or other modes of transportation and to make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary or caused by changes in air schedules. On some activities it may not be possible to accommodate persons with severe health problems or physical disabilities. It is the traveler’s responsibility to judge the appropriateness of these travel activities to their physical capabilities. THEY take no responsibility for special arrangements or problems incurred by travelers physically unable to participate in the planned activities. No refund can be made for the absence from planned activities or failure to participate in planned activities unless arrangements are made at the time of booking; such arrangements may not be possible. The right is reserved to decline, accept or retain any person as a traveler for any reason which affects the operation of the planned activities or the rights and/or enjoyment of other travelers. THEY will not discriminate against any individual because of race, sex, creed or nationality. A refund of the cost of recoverable land and/or air services is the limit of THEIR liability. THEY reserve the right to take photographic or film records of any trip or traveler, and may use the record for promotional and/or commercial purposes. All contracts for services provided by South American Natural Adventures/Nature Travel Specialists and its affiliates are entered into in the state of Alabama and all parties to such contracts submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the state of Alabama.