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Win a Trip for Two to Ecuador!
Adventure's Wild Horizons 2006 Ecuador Sweepstakes Official Rules

SPONSOR
Sponsor is National Geographic Society, 1145 17th  Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-4688 ("Sponsor" or "NGS").

TERM
The Ecuador Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes") begins October 13, 2005 and ends December 15, 2005. Online entires must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, December 15, 2005. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2005 and received by December 22, 2005.

WHO MAY ENTER
Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States, excluding Puerto Rico, who are age eighteen (18) or above at the time of entry. Employees of National Geographic Society and its agents, affiliates, and subsidiaries and their immediate family members are not eligible. Limit one entry per person.

HOW TO ENTER
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY AND A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS VOID IN PUERTO RICO AND WHERE PROHIBITED.

To enter, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/win/ecuador_trip.html and register online or mail a 3"x5" card with your name, address, and telephone number to Ecuador Sweepstakes, Room 394, National Geographic Adventure, 1145 17th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

One Grand Prize: A trip for two to Ecuador. Grand Prize includes 18 days/17 nights of double-occupancy accommodations; some, but not all, meals; and select tours provided by Surtrek Tour Operator of Ecuador. Prize includes coach-class airfare from major U.S. gateway cities served by Continental Airlines flying to Quito, Ecuador. Winner and his or her travel companion are responsible for getting to one of these departure cities.

Travel package is subject to availability at the time of reservation; allow at least three weeks for processing. Travel must be completed within one year from the ending date of Sweepstakes. Some restrictions on travel times and/or dates may apply.

Transportation includes ground transfers and excursions in Ecuador.  Approximate Retail Value [ARV] of Grand Prize is $7,300.   

JUDGING
Winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries. Winner will be notified by mail on or before January 7, 2006.

RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST
If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, due to tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, bugs, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tampers with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes.

CONDITIONS
Entries void if illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft. Winner is required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability release within 15 days of receipt of prize notification. Noncompliance or return of prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and selection of another winner. Actual value of Grand Prize will vary depending upon point of departure and other contingencies. Any difference between actual cost and ARV will not be awarded. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or comparable value. Travel package is subject to availability at the time of reservation; allow at least three weeks for processing. Travel must be completed within one year from the ending date of Sweepstakes. All applicable airport taxes and other official charges are payable by the winner prior to ticketing. Winner is also responsible for any income or other taxes that may apply. 

By participating, contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.

Grand Prize excludes tips, fees, taxes, and all other expenses unless specifically identified above. Actual travel dates subject to Sponsor discretion and other conditions outside of Sponsor control. Grand Prize winner and his/her companion must travel together on the same itinerary. Grand Prize winner is responsible for obtaining all necessary documentation, including but not limited to U.S. State Department mandated immunizations passport, visas, and any other trip permissions. By accepting the Grand Prize and taking the trip, Grand Prize winner and his/her guest each represent that they understand that travel contains some inherent element of risk of accident, illness, injury, loss, or death, which may be caused by negligence, forces of nature, wild animals, or other agencies, known or unknown; and further recognize that medical facilities may not be readily available or accessible during some or all of the trip. To be a prize winner and partake of this trip, potential Grand Prize winner and his/her guest must be willing to accept the risk and to confirm their acceptance of such risk in writing at Sponsor request. Participants agree to release, discharge, and hold harmless National Geographic Society, Ecuador Tourism, and their partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. 

All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. For name of winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: National Geographic Society, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036.  ATTN: Ecuador Sweepstakes, Rm. 394. (Residents of Vermont need not include postage.) This Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. To be excluded from lists used by Sponsor to mail contests or sweepstakes, submit request in writing to Sponsor at above address.

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