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Belize and Guatemala for Active Alumni

April 11-16, 2008
**This trip is designed for active alumni and includes hiking in the rainforest, canoeing in jungle rivers, exploring Mayan Ruins, etc.
Faculty: Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus
Price: $1,995 Land Only, per person, double occupancy
Note: Flights are approximately $600 to $800 for USA – Belize City – USA flights
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Overview

Join Environmental Sciences Professor Fred Diehl on an exploration of this wild country where he brings U.Va. undergraduates during January Term every year. We will explore Mayan ruins, caves, rivers, and jungles, all from the comfort of a modern lodge. This trip is designed to get us out and back in just a week—spent in the jungles of Central America, a wonderful excuse to be out of touch for a few days!

We’ll immerse ourselves in Mayan history and culture on this six-day “Belize and Guatemala Explorer” tour. Spend a day horseback riding in the jungle or visiting Xunantunich, one of Belize’s most important Mayan ruins. Enjoy a relaxing tour through Barton Creek Cave or a more adventurous cave adventure, hiking through the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve and exploring Actun Tunichil Muknal, the Cave of the Stone Sepulchre. Here, among beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, see numerous cultural artifacts used by the Maya in their ritual ceremonies, and view the remains of a Mayan princess as she was laid to rest centuries ago. Continue with more time in the jungle, relaxing at our jungle lodge or exploring Belize by canoe. We finish up our time in the jungle with a day trip to Tikal, the greatest of all classic Mayan cities in Guatemala. This trip is a wonderful vacation packed with a tantalizing taste of what Belize has to offer along with the spectacular ruins of Tikal in Guatemala in just six days.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

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Meals

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Faculty

Fred A. Diehl is an Emeritus faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia and has over 30 years of teaching biology at all levels. In 2007, Fred led the U.Va. Cavalier Travels program to Costa Rica and Panama. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of zoology, developmental biology, ecology and marine sciences, with a specialization in Invertebrate Biology. Whenever possible, field experiences and laboratories have been an important component of of his courses and he is a firm believer in learning from direct observation and first-hand exposure to nature. Professor Diehl has a long history of working with the Advanced Placement Biology program and in-service teacher preparation in addition to his dedication to undergraduate and graduate education. His proudest accomplishment as a faculty member at the University of Virginia is having successfully taught a variety of courses to a total of over 25,000 undergraduate students, 700 of whom were enrolled in his renowned course in Marine Biology/ Coral Reef Ecology in the Bahamas, which has been offered for over 25 years and is still going strong! Currently he is teaching a course in the Ecology and Conservation of Belize, as well.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Belize City

We meet at the Belize International Airport for transfer to duPlooy’s Jungle Lodge. Our driver will take us to the lodge (an hour-and-a-half drive) with an optional visit to the Belize Zoo on the way. Once we arrive, we will settle into the lodge and begin to soak in the relaxed Belizean lifestyle. We will enjoy dinner and evening activities at our rainforest lodge.

Day 2 - Jungle Horseback Riding - or - Cayo West and Xunantunich

Today we will have our choice of one of two rainforest adventure activities. For those interested in a more leisured time, relaxation at our rainforest lodge is heavenly! After our day of activities, we will enjoy dinner and the evening at the lodge.

Day 3 - Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulchre) - or - Barton Creek Cave

Today we will have our choice of two different cave trips. The Actun Tunichil Muknal tour is wonderful (see description below) but is physically demanding and involves climbing over rocks, squeezing through small spaces, walking through chest-deep water, etc. If you prefer an easier and more relaxing cave tour, the Barton Creek Cave is a better option. Both tours are wonderful, but the Actun Tunichil Muknal is much more physically rigorous and definitely not for everyone. After a day of caving, we will enjoy dinner and spend the evening at our rainforest lodge.

Day 4 - Canoe Adventures

Today we will have our choice of one of two canoe adventures. For a more gentle adventure, canoe to Chaa Creek to visit their Natural History Center and Butterfly Farm. For canoeing and caving, choose the trip to Flour Camp Cave. Or relax at our rainforest lodge. The choice is yours! After our day of activities, we will enjoy dinner and the evening at the lodge.

Day 5 - Tikal Ruins of Guatemala

After an early morning breakfast at our rainforest lodge, we will embark upon a full-day trip to Tikal. Tikal, the greatest of all classic Mayan cities, is located in Guatemala, about 50 miles northwest of the Belize/Guatemala border. Set in the jungle canopy, the site today consists of over 3,000 buildings, including a handful of impressively tall temples that tower above the forest. The ancient Maya began building Tikal around 600 B.C. At one point an estimated 100,000 Maya thrived in this ancient city. Tikal was one of the greatest centers of Maya culture and sprawled over 46 square miles. It was an important religious, scientific, and political center, where pyramids to honor dead kings were built, administrative buildings rose, storage houses appeared, and houses for royalty were carved out of the jungle.

The site of Tikal is a national park, where the native flora and fauna still flourish relatively undisturbed. In addition to its numerous well excavated temples and pyramids, Tikal presents an excellent opportunity for animal and bird watching. Today, the pristine forest engulfing the ruined city is home to howler and spider monkeys, white-lipped peccary, brocket deer, gray foxes, coati-mundis, toucans, scarlet macaws, parrots, ocelots, red coatis, and the seldom seen jaguar. The combination of archaeological remains and the natural environment of the Peten Jungle makes Tikal the only place in the world that has been declared both a Natural and Cultural Heritage for Humanity. We will return to our rainforest lodge for the evening for dinner and the final night in the jungle.

Day 6 - Depart for Home

After breakfast we will transfer to the Belize International Airport for our flights home (or extend four days for an optional Ambergris Caye Extension).

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Program Fees

$1,995 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $750 per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

Price does not include:

Optional Post-Tour Extension in Ambergris Caye: $950 per person. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $40 per person, double occupancy rates.This optional extension includes three nights in Villas at Banyan Bay, Global Adrenaline tour leader, local Belizean guides, domestic Belize City - Ambergris Caye - Belize City flights, airport transfers, four breakfasts and one lunch, snorkeling excursion to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley and Caye Caulker.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us toll free at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Initial invoicing will be done upon registration. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check, or wire transfer. Checks will need to be made payable directly to the travel provider, Global Adrenaline, Inc. We will provide you with this information, along with a mailing address.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

TRIP INSURANCE

Your tour operator will include information on obtaining trip insurance in your confirmation letter. Please note that there is a time frame for securing trip insurance. The University of Virginia will cancel its endorsement of and faculty and staff participation in any program destination for which a Travel Warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State. Vendor Terms of Agreement will specify under what circumstances the vendor will cancel a program and/or under what circumstances participants might receive some reimbursement if they cancel their travel with the vendor themselves. U.Va. strongly recommends that all participants purchase trip cancellation insurance which includes protection in the face of political unrest, natural disasters, and personal emergencies and participants should discuss this insurance directly with the vendor or other travel services with whom they deal. You will find more useful travel information by going to the Travel Resources link on this website.

Please read this information carefully!!!  

These paragraphs (together with the Acknowledgement of Risks, Assumption of Risk and Responsibility and Release and Waiver of Liability sections below) define Global Adrenaline, Inc.’s responsibility with respect to its trips.  Payment of your trip deposit represents your acceptance of the following terms and conditions:

 

Trip Price Per Person

The trip price is quoted in U.S. dollars per person booking on the trip and includes the cost of accommodations, meals and transportation as indicated on trip itinerary.

 

 

UVA Belize and

Guatemala Explorer

Check Payments

Credit Card Payments

 

double occupancy room

$1,995

$2,095

 

single occupancy room

$2,745

$2,845

 

UVA Ambergris Caye

Beach Extension

Check Payments

Credit Card Payments

double occupancy room

$950

$990

single occupancy room

$1,350

$1,390

 

Trip Price Includes
The trip price includes the cost of your trip guide, accommodation, meals and sightseeing as indicated on trip itinerary, group airport transfers, ground transportation and support vehicles, national park entrance fees and permits and any domestic air tickets required to complete the trip itinerary.

 

Trip Price Does Not Include

The Trip price does not include international air tickets and related fees, airport departure taxes, passport and visa expenses, immunizations, personal medicines, excess baggage charges, travel/baggage/accident/cancellation insurance, tips and gratuities, personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages and any other items not specifically noted as included in the trip price.

 

Single Supplements
All trip prices are based on double occupancy in tents, lodges, hotels and ship cabins.  Single accommodation can often be arranged for an extra cost, but may be limited on some trips according to the availability of rooms or camping space.  If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodation, Global Adrenaline, Inc. will do its best to assign you a roommate of the same gender. If a roommate is not available, a single supplement will apply.

 

Price Increases

The prices listed on Global Adrenaline, Inc.’s website and in the trip documents are subject to change because the trip dates and prices have often been published more than a year in advance.  Between that time and the time of the trip’s actual departure, Global Adrenaline, Inc. is occasionally faced with unforeseen exceptional cost increases, currency fluctuations, taxes, airfare increases, transport cost increases, etc. that it cannot absorb. 

While Global Adrenaline, Inc. will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge Global Adrenaline, Inc. reserves the right to do so, and notification will be given 60 days prior to trip departure.  This surcharge will be calculated according to the full extra cost, compared to the original costs and exchange rates.  If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the tour cost the client may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund.

 

Group Sizes
Global Adrenaline, Inc.’s trip prices are based on a group size of 10 or more full-paying trip participants. For group sizes of 5 to 9 participants a 10% price surcharge may apply.  For group sizes of 1-4 participants a 20% price surcharge may apply.

 

Reservations
Early reservations are recommended since group sizes are often limited and airlines often sell out their best fares months in advance. In order to confirm a reservation, please mail in the following completed and signed items to Global Adrenaline, Inc.; 25 East Washington Street, Suite 1458; Chicago, Illinois  60602.  You may also fax these items to Global Adrenaline, Inc. at:  1-312-873-4440.

Deposits

A deposit of $500 per person per trip is required to reserve space on a Global Adrenaline, Inc. trip.  Payment can be made by check, money order, credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or wire transfer. Please make checks payable to Global Adrenaline, Inc. and mail to:

Cavalier Travels

University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400807
Charlottesville, VA  22904

If a reservation is made 60 days or less before the trip departure, then the full trip payment is due at the time of booking.

 

Final Payments

You will be invoiced later for the final payment which can be made by check, money order, credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or wire transfer.  Final payment is due two months prior to trip departure.  If the final payment is late, a $250 late penalty will be added.  If the final payment is not received within 60 days of the trip departure, Global Adrenaline, Inc. reserves the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. 

 

Trip Information Packets

About 1 week after Global Adrenaline, Inc. receives your deposit and Trip Application and Waiver Form, a trip invoice will be sent to you by regular mail.  At the same time, Global Adrenaline, Inc. will send you via email confirmation of your booking, along with a detailed trip itinerary and pre-departure information packet which includes information about passports, visas, immunizations, personal medicines, suggested packing lists, reading lists, country information and other general information will be sent to you to help you in your trip preparation.  A final trip information packet will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks prior to departure.

 

Terms and conditions (continued)

Refunds

Leaving a trip in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund.  No refunds will be made for any unused portions of a Global Adrenaline, Inc. trip including, but not limited to hotel rooms, air or land transport, tours or other sightseeing excursions. 

 

Transfers
You may transfer your deposit or payment to another Global Adrenaline, Inc. trip without penalty provided that you notify us of your wish to transfer more than 90 days prior to departure. After that time, you are subject to the cancellation fees outlined below.  You may also transfer your tour to another person if you are prevented from traveling due to serious illness, death or serious illness of a close family relative or jury service.  Written proof and reasonable notice of circumstance must be given.  If Global Adrenaline, Inc. accepts the transfer, only the original trip participant can transfer his/her booking to another person.  That person must submit a Trip Application and Waiver Form, must be suitable for the trip and must pay any outstanding balance.  There also may be additional costs that this person would have to pay.

 

Cancellation Policy
If it becomes necessary to cancel a Global Adrenaline, Inc. trip, the following cancellation fees apply from the date Global Adrenaline, Inc. receives written notice that you must cancel your trip. Global Adrenaline, Inc.’s cancellation policy applies in every instance. There will be no exceptions for any reasons.  Once you have been confirmed on a trip that requires a medical certificate signed by a doctor, normal cancellation penalties apply if your doctor does not sign the certificate.  Global Adrenaline, Inc. highly recommends that all clients purchase trip cancellation insurance.

 

 

Over 60 days prior to departure

Loss of $500 deposit.

 

60 to 31 days prior to departure

50% of trip price

 

30 days or less prior to departure

100% of trip price

 

Cancelled Trips
Global Adrenaline, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup or logistical problems that may impede trip operations. The refund of all trip price payments received shall release Global Adrenaline, Inc. from any further liability. A trip with insufficient signup would normally be cancelled a minimum of 60 days prior to departure.

 

Global Adrenaline, Inc. must normally make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the scheduled trip departure date.  If a trip is cancelled due to force majeure (e.g. acts of God, war, labor strikes, earthquake, flooding, etc.) Global Adrenaline, Inc. will promptly refund the portion of the trip price not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.  However, Global Adrenaline, Inc. does not guarantee recovery of any of all of the advance payments made, and its use of best efforts to recover these payments will not include the institution of any legal proceedings in foreign jurisdictions.

 

Global Adrenaline, Inc. is not responsible for any expenses incurred by trip participants in preparing for a cancelled trip (e.g. non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, visa fees, medical expenses, equipment, etc.) or for any additional arrangements should the trip participant have embarked prior to the scheduled group departure date.

 

 

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Cavalier Travels recommends that all its clients purchase comprehensive travel insurance for their trip.  A brochure describing travel insurance costs and coverage will be mailed to you with your confirmation mailing, about 1 week after receipt of your trip deposit.

 

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Global Adrenaline, Inc.  Global Adrenaline, Inc. reserves the right to substitute trip leaders and hotels from those listed on Global Adrenaline, Inc.’s website or on the final trip itinerary, as well as, reverse the order of places to be visited and make reasonable changes in the itinerary where deemed advisable for the comfort and well being of the trip participants.  Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur after final itineraries are sent. 

 

By booking a reservation with Global Adrenaline, Inc., trip participants understand that amenities, types of transport, routes, schedules and itineraries may change without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.  Events causing these changes may include, but are not limited to mechanical breakdown, flight cancellations, illness, strikes, political disputes, weather, border crossing problems and other unforeseeable factors.

 

Health Requirements

You must be in good physical and mental health.  Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made.  By registering and paying a deposit for a trip, the trip participant certifies that he/he does not have any mental, physical or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other trip participants.  Any trip participant over the age of 60 or with preexisting medical conditions must complete a Global Adrenaline, Inc. medical certificate to be signed by a qualified physician. 

 

Global Adrenaline, Inc. reserves the right to decline to accept – or to restrain from further participation – any person it judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the trip activities, or any person whose actions or deportment it judges unsuitable for group travel.  Global Adrenaline, Inc. will enact this right when such action is determined to be in the best interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the trip group or an individual trip participant.  A refund based on the cost of any unused land services already paid for is the limit of Global Adrenaline, Inc.’s responsibility in such a case.

 

Medical Insurance

By registering and paying a deposit for a trip, the trip participant certifies that he/she has medical insurance which will cover personal accidents, medical expenses, medical evacuation, air ambulance, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the trip participant or that in the absence of this medical insurance coverage, the trip participant agrees to pay all costs of rescue and/or medical services as may be incurred on his/her behalf.

 

Eligibility

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire journey.  Otherwise, there are no age restrictions, but all participants must be in good health.

 

Limitation of Liability

Global Adrenaline, Inc. gives notice that services provided in connection with its itineraries, including transportation, hotel accommodation, restaurants and other services are purchased from various independent suppliers who are not affiliated with Global Adrenaline, Inc. in any way.  Although we endeavor to choose the best suppliers available, Global Adrenaline, Inc. has no right to control their operations and therefore makes these travel arrangements upon the express condition that Global Adrenaline, Inc. and its own agents and employees shall not be liable for any delay, mishap, inconvenience, expense, irregularity, bodily injury or death to person or damage to property occasioned through the conduct or default of any company or individual engaged in providing these services.  Each of these passenger conveyance companies, tour companies, hotels, restaurants, guides, etc. is subject to the laws of the state or country where the services is provided.

 

Global Adrenaline, Inc. shall not be liable for (a) expenses such as additional hotel nights and meals not specified in the individual trip itineraries, but which may be required to get to or from a trip start or end; (b) expenses incurred in recovering luggage lost by airlines, belongings left behind on a trip or in shipping purchases or other goods home from abroad; (c) expenses due to the delay, disruption or cancellation of a trip for any reason, including but not limited to laws, regulations, acts or failures to acts, demands, orders or interpositions of any government, acts of God, weather, strikes, fire, flood, land slides, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, civil disturbances, sickness, quarantines, epidemics, theft, default, trail conditions, failure of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, defect in any aircraft, watercraft or vehicle or other contingency for which Global Adrenaline, Inc. cannot reasonably make provision; and (d) bodily injury or property damage for any reason, including but not limited to laws, regulations, acts or failures to acts, demands, orders or interpositions of any government, acts of God, weather, strikes, fire, flood, land slides, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, civil disturbances, sickness, quarantines, epidemics, theft, default, trail conditions, failure of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, defect in any aircraft, watercraft or vehicle or other contingency over which Global Adrenaline, Inc. has no control. 

 

Photography

Global Adrenaline, Inc. reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any trip or part thereof and to use the resulting photography for promotional and/or commercial purposes.  By booking a reservation with Global Adrenaline, Inc., trip participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography.  Travelers who prefer that their image not be used are asked to identify themselves to their trip leader at the commencement of their trip.

 

Authority on Trip

All trip participants must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of the countries visited.  At all times the decision of Global Adrenaline, Inc.’s trip leader or representative is final on all matters that may threaten the safety or interfere with the well being of the group or individual travelers.  Should the trip participant fail to comply with this rule or should the client interfere with the well being of the group then the trip leader or company representative may order the client to leave the tour without any recourse to any refund.

 

Travel Documents

Every trip participant must obtain and have possession of a valid passport, all visas, permits and certificates and vaccination certificates required for the entire trip.  By booking a reservation with Global Adrenaline, Inc., trip participants accept responsibility for obtaining these documents and any other necessary documents.  Information or advice given by Global Adrenaline, Inc. on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, equipment, etc. is given in good faith, but without responsibility on the part of Global Adrenaline, Inc.

 

Claims and Complaints

If a trip participant has a complaint against Global Adrenaline, Inc., he/she must first inform the trip leader or Global Adrenaline, Inc. representative while on the trip in order that the trip leader or representative can attempt to rectify the matter.  Any further complaint must be lodged in writing within 30 days of the completion of the trip.

Trip Participant's Responsibilities

Trip participants have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests.  In order to assist you, Global Adrenaline, Inc. grades each trip with a trip rating.  Global Adrenaline, Inc. is happy to discuss the trip and trip rating with you, as well as provide you with the names of past participants who can discuss their experience with you. 

 

As a participant on a Global Adrenaline, Inc. trip, I have certain responsibilities to myself, other trip participants, Global Adrenaline, Inc., and residents of the areas I visit, including:

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