Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos: Nov. 30 – Dec. 8

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Join us in Cuba for our December workshop. This is a legal trip made under the people-to-people exception to U.S. travel restrictions. The trip will include 4 days in Havana, 3 days in Cienfuegos and a day trip to Viñales.

The $3,500 cost for this trip includes roundtrip airfare from our departure city to Havana, nightly accomodations in either a private b&b or hotel, daily breakfast, three group meals, ground transportation and all venue and modeling fees. 

Highlights

  • Our trip itineraries are crafted to give you the most complete photographic experience possible. There will be a mix of street photography, landscapes, portrait sessions and storytelling opportunities.
  • This is no cookie-cutter tour. Each of our trips has a unique itinerary, which is built as much as possible with the interests and skill levels of participants in mind.
  • Our trips are purposely limited to six to eight participants. We want you to get to know your fellow travelers — this is a shared experience, not a tour group.
  • Most of our trips are planned with a particular theme in mind.
  • We strive to provide you an authentic experience by avoiding state-run hotels and restaurants. Whenever possible, we’ll stay in private B&Bs and eat at private paladars.
  • Unlike most organized trips, you are more than welcome to opt out of any of the planned daily activities. In fact, when possible, we’ll even help you make alternate arrangements that fall within U.S. travel restrictions.

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Itinerary (subject to change)

Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Arrive in Havana. Welcoming dinner at a local paladar.

Thursday, Dec. 1 – Up early for a sunrise photo shoot on the bay and then walk up the Prado to Centro Parque for a walking introduction to Centro Havana and Old Havana. We’ll meet and talk with Havana residents along the way. Mid-morning, we’ll head back to our villa for breakfast and then have a couple hours to relax or explore the Vedado neighborhood or Malecón on your own. In the afternoon, we’ll head back to Old Havana where we will meet and photograph boxers at an outdoor gym. We’ll head to El Morro to photograph the sun setting over the Havana skyline and bay.

Friday, Dec. 2 – Ground transportation to Cienfuegos. In the afternoon, we’ll meet and photograph residents of Cienfuegos during a street photography workshop before having a group dinner at a local paladar.

Saturday, Dec. 3 – Sunrise photo session in the Old Town with a late morning trip to the waterfalls near Cienfuegos. In the afternoon, we’ll meet work on street portraits and environmental portraits.

Sunday, Dec. 4 – Day on your own.

Monday, Dec. 5 – Ground transportation to Havana. Afternoon photo session at a local farm, including a presentation on the history of the area, farming techniques and the future of farming in Cuba.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Ground transportation to Viñales. We’ll visit a tobacco plantation for photos and discussions about tobacco production in Cuba, the importance of tobacco to the Cuban economy and the cigar’s place in Cuban culture. Sunset landscape photo session of the region’s rocky outcroppings. Return to Havana.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Photo session and discussions with local dancers. Tour of Havana’s neighborhoods with stops to talk and photograph residents in each quarter.  Golden hour photo session and discussions with models along the Malecón, Prado and Old Havana. Farewell dinner.

Thursday, Dec. 8 –  Depart Havana.