November is one of the best months to participate in our photography tours in Cuba – the rain season is over and temperatures are mild; a wonderful spring to enjoy with our cameras during our urban activities and prearranged sessions with models, athletes, religious people, farmers, artists, cuban photographers etc…
I have been leading photography workshops in Cuba for over 10 years, and as a professional photographer, I am still amazed by how easy it is to do street photography and portraits in Cuba, and most of all, to enter private locations where travelers are always welcome. Without a doubt, Cuba is a photographic paradise that we will discover one foot at a time, minute after minute, photo after photo.
I have designed this type of cuban photo tour with the purpose of getting to know two of the most iconic settings in Cuba.
The first destination is the city (Havana), wild and wonderful, where the traveler can’t even blink before the unfolding of life experienced on its streets.
The countryside – Viñales, to be more specific – is our second destination. There we will stay the night to enjoy 2 days of landscape and rural photography; we will enjoy the best tobacco in the world and the hospitality of the humble farmers of the Pinar del Rio province.
Gastronomy is another strong point of this photo tour. Even if we are photographers, we cannot forget that we are in Cuba, and that not everything is photography. We will also show you a wide range of traditional Cuban foods, its famous mojito and its tobaccos.
Photo tour to Cuba - From 17 of November 2018
My photography trips to Cuba are extremely flexible, just as Cuba is, below you will find a scheme with the main activities that we will do in these 8 days, but I have to tell you that the order will change often since the photographic surprises are abundant in my photo courses.
After many years of doing this kind of photo workshops, I realized what foreign travelers like best in Cuba, activities like visiting a community of farmers living in Viñales who live far from the life of cities and tourism, witnessing a rehearsal of Afro-Cuban dancers, entering private homes of friends to share a coffee with a Cuban family, going to a 100% Cuban party, visiting Afro-Cuban religious, attending a boxing rehearsals, visiting artists (Cuban painters and photographers) Photographs with a good wine or a good rum, etc. ...
CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - 17 OF NOVEMBER
The main reason why this photo tour allows for a maximum of 7 travellers is because this enables us to be flexible, enter special places and share experiences in Cuban family homes, etc. Large groups of photographers in Cuba are difficult to guide and they end up becoming almost tourist trips where it is very difficult to tutor all photographer-travellers.
Another special attribute of this photographic adventure are accommodations. We won’t stay in hotels, but in private homes instead, with all the comforts of a Hotel but in direct contact with the Cuban people.
We won’t just stroll the streets with our cameras; we will also carry out pre-arranged photo sessions as well as organize visits to hidden spots and special places.
Some of the Tour Highlights
- Capture the interior of Cuban houses.
- Ballet dancers (photo session)
- Get expert tuition on a camera´s configuration, proper lense use, etc.
- Enjoy and work like a professional who knows how to choose the best pictures.
- Tell stories with your series of photographs.
- Visit an Afro-Cuban priest.
- Cuban architecture.
- Get lots of surprises in our daily photo tour
- Rest in official Cuban houses.
- Discover a boxing gym of a former Olympic Champion.
- Find the Che Guevara Graffiti route in Havana.
- Take portraits of farmers, photos of landscape in Vinales village, visit to their special farms and "tobacco houses".
- Experience the Havana´s life and Malecon scenes, including sunset in the right place at the right time.
- Walk around agrifood colorful markets
- Private photo session with afrocuban dancers.
- Learn about the forbidden pictures.
This photo tour to Cuba 2017 is 100% focused on photography, culture and people .
CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR - ITINERARY
Day 1 – ARRIVE IN HAVANA (D)
Today is the photo tour arrival day and we will organise an airport transfer to your accommodation in Havana. This will be your first opportunity to meet with Louis and your guide to discuss the itinerary.
This evening will also present the perfect opportunity to take a walk along the Malecon with your hosts, feeling the sea breeze and seeing all that the city has to offer.
B,L,D – denotes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 2 – HAVANA (B,L,D)
Today you will have your first opportunity to capture the lively street theatre of Havana Vieja. Louis and your guide will take you to streets not often frequented by tourists as well as the main squares and points of interest.
Today Louis will also share with you tips about taking photos in Cuba, including the Cuban personality with photographers and the people and places you shouldn’t photograph. The focus today is on Cuban culture and Cuban people.
You will also have the opportunity to photograph colourful markets, courtyards and terraces as well as a vintage gym which provides a very unique atmosphere.
During the day Louis will ask you to share with him you photos, so you can discuss and analyse, as you can see in this link with photos of our previous travelers.
Day 3 – HAVANA (B,L,D)
Today the focus is on Afro-Cuban roots and Afro-Cuban religion.
You will visit an Afro-Cuban priest and get the opportunoty to take photos of Afro-dancers during their daily performances. You will visit the colourful streets of Callejon de Hammel to view Salvador Gonzales Escalona handiwork as a famous cuban painter, muralist and sculptor
In the evening during sunset, we will visit the Malecon and the Prado intersection. Making sure we are in the right place at the right moment, in the right light!
Day 4 – VINALES (B,L,D)
Accompanied by Louis and you local guide, you will learn all about the special lifestyle in this area.
The evening provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy local music amongst the warm and friendly locals.
Day 5 – VINALES BACK TO HAVANA (B,L,D)
This morning we will be up early again to journey into the heart of the valley. Hear we will meet farmers who are preparing their morning coffee and meet the local wildlife amongst a sea of green back-drops.
You will have the opportunity to go inside the houses of the locals, getting to know the families as you share a local “criollo coffee”.
Be ready to capture memorable portraits and daily scenes of this special part of Cuba.
Take photos of the beautiful Vinales valley until your heart is content and visit a Tobacco farm to see a cigar rolling demonstration and learn more about the local industry.
In the afternoon you will travel back to Havana with Louis and your guide.
Day 6 – HAVANA (B,L,D)
Today we continue to focus on street photography, exploring new areas of the city.
We will focus on the Classic American cars that cruise the streets as well as external colonial facades and families on balconies.
We will visit a Cuban family in Havana to learn more about daily life and meet a former Olympic Boxing champion at his own Gym.
You will also visit the San Jose Market meeting well known painters, sculptors and artisans. This is a great opportunity to view and buy cuban art, finding many photographic opportunities that mix paintings with people.
Louis will always be there to review your work, offering advice and assistance to help you improve as a photographer.
Day 7 – HAVANA (B,L,D)
Today we will follow the Che Guevara route in Havana. There are many graffiti works of Che Guevara in Havana of which some are hidden and others are not.
While strolling the Che Guevara Route you will visit other points of interest and visit a popular Cuban photographer to learn more about their work and photography in Cuba.
We will end the day with a special farewell dinner.
Price: US$ 3,395 - ( 2 - 7 travelers)
Individual supplement : 280 $
Price: non-photographers is USD$ 2,895
8 days, 7 nights
Accommodation (7 nights) in official Casa Particulares in Havana (Cuban B&B’s)
Breakfast in casa partitular (our private house)
Tuition : Louis Alarcon
Local English-speaking guide
Private, set Photo Sessions
All local ground transportation in Havana and Vinales
Admission to all public buildings and visits listed in the itinerary.
Coordination of all listed activities
Airline baggage fees.
Travel Insurance (required).
Local Tips for guides and drivers.
Individual house / expenses (minibar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)
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