Puerto Rico Tour Info
TOUR COST: Tour – $ 2245.00
Single Supplement – $ 495.00
COST: The cost of this trip, based on a minimum group size of eight, is $2245.00 from San Juan, Puerto Rico. If the final group is smaller than eight participants, a small group supplement may be charged. All costs are quoted in US dollars and are based on double occupancy.
COST INCLUDES: Accommodations based on two persons sharing a two-bedded room. We select good hotels convenient to our birding destinations, but at times the only convenient accommodations may be rather simple. For single rooms a single supplement will be charged. We try to supply roommates when possible, but we cannot always find one. If we cannot find you a roommate, you will be charged the added cost of single accommodations. Expert guide service. All transportation, this may be by private or chartered car, station wagon, van or bus. Domestic flight to Vieques. Additionally, all group taxes, local fees, group admissions and park entry fees are included in the tour price.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Not included are transportation to or from Puerto Rico, meals not indicated in the itinerary, laundry, personal tips, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, juices, mineral waters and other beverages, room service charges, souvenirs, insurance of any kind, telephone calls and use of TV not included in room rate or overweight baggage fees.
MEAL COSTS: Eight meals as indicated in the itinerary ARE included in the cost of this tour, your remaining meals are NOT. For our Puerto Rico tour we eat many meals ‘in the field’ like picnics. Others are at convenient ‘typico’ restaurants while our final meal of the day is usually a sit-down dinner. Where we can provide meals to the advantage of each participant we do so. However, as a person can eat very well for as little as $30 per day or they can choose to spend three or four times that amount for a single day, depending upon your choices, we do not include all meals during this tour, only those that are indicated in the itinerary. NatureScape Tours has a policy of NOT overcharging one person to cover another’s meal choices—which we would have to do if all meals were included as budgeted expenses.
UNANTICIPATED COSTS: Rarely we have had unexpected costs. Cancellation of a flight has required staying in a hotel an extra night, hiring vehicles for extra birding excursions and other services. A few times when all of the birds expected at an area were found more quickly than anticipated, the tour leader proposed shortening the visit to that location, adding flights or visits to new destinations, etc. If such changes are proposed and accepted by participants, it is with the understanding that they accept the obligation to pay any extra unanticipated costs.
DATE OF COST QUOTATION: September 10, 2014
We can only quote current costs. Tour planning begins more than a year before the tour runs. While we try to arrive at the best estimates possible, we cannot predict fluctuation of currency exchange rates, increases in hotel or vehicle rates, etc. Therefore, we reserve the right to increase the tour cost when there are justifiable reasons. However, we make a sincere effort to arrive at the closest possible estimate and even absorb small increases at times to avoid raising tour costs.
REGISTRATION: THIS TRIP IS STRICTLY LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF TWELVE PARTICIPANTS! A deposit of $445.00 and completed registration form are required to confirm space. Without these, no one is considered registered. Registrations are taken on a first-come first-served basis with priority based on the postmark date.
CANCELLATION: To cover the work and expense of handling registrations and canceling them, $125.00 will be deducted from all deposits if we are notified in writing at least 121 days before departure date. Fees deducted for later cancellations are: 120 to 91 days before departure date, your entire deposit plus all inseparable costs (i.e. vehicle rental, leaders expenses); due to contractual obligations with our hotels, bus and van rentals, boat charters and other costs where we have contracted payment dates there can be no refunds for cancellations within 90 days prior to our departure. Some participants have lost substantial sums when illness or other circumstances prevented them from taking a tour. Therefore, we advise you to buy trip cancellation insurance that may reimburse you if it becomes necessary for you to cancel.
UNUSED PORTIONS OF A TOUR: We cannot offer refunds for unused portions of a tour unless agreed to before the tour. If you fail to show up or meet the tour regardless of the reason, we are under no obligation to provide any refund. Trip cancellation insurance may reimburse losses if you must leave a tour early for illness or other valid reason.
COMPLETION OF PAYMENT Foreign travel agents, hotels, boat operators etc. require advance payment. We can offer better rates on our tours because of contracted payment dates and your cooperation with timely payments helps to avoid problems with your arrangements. For this tour we require final payment to be received in our office 60 days before the start of the tour.