intelli.tours Academic has a uniform set of rules and guidelines that apply to all travelers on our journeys.
We have learned on our numerous student travel journeys that clear rules and guidelines are an integral part of the intelli.tours Academic Safety and Security Plan because a well-run trip ensures the safety and well-being everyone involved.
Before departure, all travelers will be asked to confirm that they understand these rules and guidelines and agree to adhere to them.
We anticipate no serious disciplinary issues our journeys, and always operate on a philosophy based on:
Our experience is that most situations are easily resolved with communication and, if necessary, a call home.
However, in the case of serious infractions — as noted in red below — that possibly threaten the safety, security, and well-being of any traveler, we do reserve the right to remove students from a journey.
In all cases, we take no actions that go beyond a simple conversation without a call home and the input and participation of parents or guardians.
If we’ve overlooked any rule or guideline that you think may affect your intelli.tours Academic journey, or if you have any questions or suggestions, just pop over to our contact page, let us know — and we’ll get answers to you pronto!
intelli.tours Academic has a dress code on all journeys.
Our dress code is for the safety and security of all travelers and to ensure our respect for the culture visited.
We ask that all travelers observe the following dress code guidelines:
intelli.tours Academic travelers are supervised at all times:
There is no unsupervised free time on our journeys.
During less structured times, travelers will always be in small groups — with adult supervision — to allow free time to explore, shop, take photographs, or just sit and relax.
At meals, there will be ample free time to relax, post photos, socialize, and explore the surroundings.
In the hotel, downtime is certainly part of the experience, but Group Leaders and the intelli.tours Academic Intelligence Officer will remain vigilant of everyone’s safety, security, and well-being — including visiting and entering guest rooms, if necessary.
intelli.tours Academic Journeys wind down each evening by 12 midnight.
Our experience is that getting up early and enjoying a 12-14 hour day walking and touring leaves travelers ready to crash — often before midnight!
Here some additional guidelines:
intelli.tours Academic requests that all travelers refrain from using mobile devices (texting, phone calls, and social media) — except, of course, photography — per these guidelines:
Don’t worry — we like our phones and we like to text, chat, and post photos, so we’ll make sure that there is plenty of time to engage on our devices!
intelli.tours Academic prohibits the consumption and purchase of alcoholic beverages for all travelers, irrespective of age.
(The exception to this policy is the purchase of alcoholic beverages to take back to the United States by any traveler 21 years of age or older and only during specific times when such purchases are made during organized opportunities by the intelli.tours Academic Intelligence Officer. Just like on a cruise ship, all such purchases will be secured and delivered to you on the evening prior to your departure. We appreciate your respect for this rule.)
intelli.tours Academic prioritizes safety and security in all aspects of our journeys.
If visiting with friends or family in Oaxaca, we request that travelers follow these guidelines:
intelli.tours Academic expects all travelers to be present at all meals — breakfasts, lunches, and dinners — and at all activities, tours, and excursions — unless special permission has been given in advance by journey personnel.
intelli.tours Academic prohibits the possession and purchase of weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, knives, firearms, or any other item we may deem as dangerous, including firecrackers.
intelli.tours Academic prohibits — and strictly enforces a policy against — the possession or use of illegal substances.
This regulation also prohibits the purchase of any medication in Mexico by any traveler that would require a prescription in the United States for purchase — even if purchased legally at a Mexican pharmacy, and even if you have a US prescription for the medication, unless with the express approval of the intelli.tours Academic Intelligence Officer.
This includes any substance or product, even if purchased legally that references, in name or ingredients any drug, legal or illegal.
intelli.tours Academic expects all travelers to refrain from any illegal activity and to comply with all directions, rules, laws, and requests by journey leaders and other official personnel.
We recommend that travelers always engage with courtesy and respect and remember that a language barrier can often lead to confusion and unease.
When in doubt, we request that travelers immediately speak with a Group Leader or with the intelli.tours Academic Intelligence Officer.
intelli.tours Academic prohibits sexual activity, sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment on all journeys.
Only same-gender travelers are roomed together, and there is absolutely no visiting or socializing with other travelers in guest rooms — neither fellow journey-travelers, nor guests in the hotel, nor anyone from outside the hotel.
Please also see the intelli.tours Academic Non-Discrimination & Harassment Policy below for additional details.
intelli.tours Academic journeys include lodging at the Holiday Inn Express Centro Histórico.
intelli.tours Academic expects travelers to be respectful and attentive on all tours, excursions, during all activities, at all meals, and on transportation.
This expectation includes:
intelli.tours Academic expects all travelers to conduct themselves with the highest level of cultural respect.
Oaxaca is a vibrant indigenous culture in a country with a deep and important history, and we ask that everyone follow these guidelines:
intelli.tours Academic believes that everyone deserves a safe and respectful opportunity to discover and explore the world with the knowledge and belief that their dignity and emotional and physical safety will be protected.
Everyone participating in or connected with an intelli.tours Academic journey is expected to commit to and maintain an environment free of bigotry, bias, intolerance, and discrimination — in words and action — on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, perceived gender identity or sexual orientation, pregnancy, or pregnancy-related condition.
In addition, any form of intimidation, threats, bias, prejudice, coercion and/or harassment that insults the dignity of others and interferes with their sense of safety and security, and freedom to enjoy the journey, activities, and events or other any engagement with anyone leading, representing, or participating in an intelli.tours Academic journey is unacceptable.
For more details please see: