Exclusive photo tour to Cuba. 14 of August 2021
August is one of the hottest months in Cuba, but it's a great month to take photos as everyone is on vacation and parks, streets, beaches, etc. are full of life that we can capture with our cameras, it’s certainly the best month to practice street photography and get great portraits on the streets, mainly in the Havana.
In addition, there are the carnivals in Havana and as photographers we cannot miss this multicolored party full of music with great photographic opportunities.
A photo session on Cuban beaches is another activity we do in the month of August as many Cubans are enjoying their vacations and it’s a great opportunity to make fun family photos, and document the real life on the island during August.
It’s not easy to find other photography travels to Cuba, the reason is simple, American photographers who work occasionally in Cuba usually offer their photo tours from October to April.
My case is different, I have lived in Cuba for 20 years and I offer my photo tours almost every month of the year, I designed my photo workshops so we’re able to enjoy summer months too. In July and August, we make a 2-hours stop to rest at noon thus, avoiding the hottest hours, dividing the day into two photo sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening.
As I told you the trick to not take too much heat and enjoy photography in Cuba in these months is simple: after lunch between 2pm and 4pm we have free time that travelers normally use for resting in their rooms, review photos, take a nap or a shower.
Everything else on our photography tour in July is similar to the standard phototour, but we include a day of photography on the beach where we enjoy an afternoon among Cubans on the East beaches, 15 km from the Havana.
It is an 8 day and 7-nights photo tour in which I show travelers the most hidden part of Havana and Viñales, it is a trip to the heart of Cuba that is not usually seen in tourist trips. A fun trip-course in which I teach to take pictures beyond travel photography.
My photographic 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. ...
I like to work with small groups because I can analyze the photos of all my travelers and thus guide them so that they can improve their work and their photographic level.
The 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.
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.
My deep knowledge of the country and the small-sized group will allow us to live exclusive experiences and different photographs from the usual touristic ones.
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.
Some of the Tour Highlights
- Take outstanding photos of Cuban people and activities away from the tourist scene.
- 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.
- Capture the interior of Cuban houses.
- 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.
This photo tour to Cuba is 100% focused on photography, culture and people .
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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