April 15 - 22, 2018

October 21 - 28, 2018

Travel, Street, People, Architecture and Landscape Photography


  1. -8 Days

  2. -Small Group Size

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Cuban Guide & Driver

  5. -People-to-People

  6. -4 & 5-Star Hotels

  7. -Casa Particulars

  8. -Breakfasts & 4 Meals

  9. -Local Transportation

  10. -1 Domestic Flight

  11. -Visa (U.S. Citizens)

  12. -OFAC Approved



Eastern Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Holguin, Baracoa and more


Explore the untouched eastern half of Cuba for an authentic experience.

Eastern Cuba Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Our 8-day EASTERN CUBA Photo Adventure includes 1 night in Havana, 4 nights in Santiago de Cuba. 1 night in Baracoa and 1 night in Holguin.

Eastern Cuba includes Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city on the island, a tropical rain forest, untouched beaches and countless small municipalities that have remained immune to tourism. So it should come as no surprise why we created this amazing photographic adventure in addition to our highly successful Classic Cuba Photo Adventure.

A tropical paradise with a storied past, Cuba offers us a unique view of a world few have been able to see. Photographing Cuba offers us the rare opportunity to capture it’s warm people alongside it’s natural beauty and stunning architecture. Laid back Caribbean Island culture mixed with the big-city life of Santiago de Cuba, where vintage American cars from the 40’s and 50’s roll by you. The eastern shores of Cuba are where all Cuba’s revolutions were started. It’s wild by nature, but rich in history and heritage.

Like all our adventures, we take you behind the scenes of Cuba’s tourist veil and expose you to smaller cities and countryside that is the real Cuba. By working with locals, we are able to achieve this on an unprecedented level. Besides photography, we’ll be speaking with Cubans about daily life on the island, learning about the country’s unique political and economic system and working side-by-side with Cuban photographers. Our travels outside Havana allow us a close view of the island’s beautiful countryside and offers us the unique opportunity to discover rural Cuba through photography.

OUR CUBAN RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: It’s been said that we really know how to do Cuba. First, we start with a small group of 6-10 guests. We stay in internationally recognized 5-star hotels and beautiful and authentic Casa Particulars (Cuban bed & breakfasts). We travel by air conditioned buses and beautifully restored vintage American automobiles. We dine in world renowned restaurants and hidden gem paladars. And lastly, we expose you to not only a truly amazing and authentic Cuba, but the most photogenic Cuba.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. You will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Cuba offers more photographic opportunities than any other adventure we offer. Cuba is not to be missed!



Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s OFAC People-to-People Travel Program. CT-2016-327909 / C.F.R. 515.567. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.


Group Size

8-10 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by air-conditioned mini-bus

Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Photographer | Guides

Michael Cohen  |  April 15-22, 2018

Seymour Templar  |  October 21-28, 2018

Weather | Sun

April - Temps 84/69 F  28/20 C  Sunrise 6:44 | Sunset 7:22 (19:22)

October - Temps 85/71 F  29/21 C  Sunrise 7:01 | Sunset 6:34 (18:34)


Travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, urban and people photography

Meet with Cuban photographers, students, musicians, artists and entrepreneurs

Professional photographer | guide

Cuban guide and driver

Photo walks & discussions

Small group (8-10 guests)

4-star hotels and casas (b&b) in rural locations


3 lunches and 3 dinners

Local transportation in air conditioned minibus

1 Domestic flight

People-to-People activities

Visa (U.S. Citizens)

OFAC travel documents

What To Expect

Cuba is not just unique, but one of the most rewarding photographic and cultural experiences you will ever encounter. Because Cuba is so different it requires a open-minded and rewarding sense of adventure. As is often said in Cuba, “It’s not what you want, it’s what we have”. Prepare yourself to be completely wowed. 


Gran Manzana Kempinski, Parque Central, Saratoga Hotel, Hotel Capri or similar - Havana

Meliá Santiago de Cuba, Hotel Casa Granda or similar- Santiago de Cuba

Casa Particulars (Bed & Breakfasts) - Baracoa and Holguin

Travel Information

Book your commercial flights to the corresponding airports noted below.

Arrival and Departure Airport: Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) - Transfer time 45min.

Departure Airport: Holguin Frank País Airport (HOG - Transfer time 1hr or more.

NOTE: Americans should book their return flights from Holguin Airport. International guests can either fly from Holguin, return to Havana on a domestic flight or fly to Miami for a connecting flight back home. Once registered we will be happy to advise you on all options available to you.

Our adventure begins on the first day at 2 PM at our hotel and ends in the morning on the last day.


U.S. based airlines will provide visas* using the OFAC People-to-People documents we will provide you with. International travelers who require a Cuban visa can get their visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries. *small fee applies

Compare Us To NatGeo

Would you prefer PWA’s small group of 8 guests staying in the best and newest 5-star hotel in Havana, or 17-25 guests per group like National Geographic? Would you prefer 9 days vs. 8 days like Nat Geo. A more authentic Cuba vs. a touristic Cuba. Our Classic Cuba Photo Adventure gives you so much more, and all for the same price. Click here to compare!

Cuba Guest Review

I wanted to venture out and photograph a culture and people completely foreign to me. From my perspective, Cuba is both interesting and mysterious. Visiting Cuba is like stepping back in time. The colors, the textures, and the old cars of Havana serve as a living time capsule... Read More



Photo Adventure Vacation | April 15-22, 2018:  $7,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 21-28, 2018:  $7,895

Single Supplement:  $1000

Deposit:  $1000

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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. In Cuba we typically stay in 5-star hotels in Havana and the best available 4-star hotels in other major cities. In smaller cities and more remote locations, we stay in Casa Particulars (Cuban Bed & Breakfasts). Cuba is unique and requires a open-minded sense of adventure.



Sunday (1)  Havana

We meet at our hotel in Havana on Saturday afternoon where we will begin our amazing EASTERN CUBA Photo Adventure. We will walk the streets of Old Havana where we will visit and photograph the famous plaza’s, vintage American cars and ordinary Cubans going about their day. In the evening we enjoy our “Welcome Dinner” at the award winning Paladar San Cristobal, located in the heart of Central Havana. A taste of colonial Cuba, San Cristobal offers wonderful entrees on 19th century china, surrounded by stacks of books, old antiques and nostalgic black and white photographs. You can ask owner Carlos Cristóbal Márquez Valdés all about it. (D)

Monday (2)  Havana - Santiago de Cuba

We are up very early for our domestic flight to Santiago de Cuba. After our arrival we check-in to our hotel, freshen up and prepare for a day in the city. Santiago de Cuba is the nations second largest city with over a half million people and considered Cuba's cultural capital. Santiago is a frenetic, passionate and noisy city. Situated closer to Haiti and the Dominican Republic than to Havana, it leans east rather than west, a crucial factor shaping this city's unique identity, steeped in Afro-Caribbean, entrepreneurial and rebel influences. We spend our first day in Santiago exploring the many neighborhoods of old city. In the evening we will photograph Céspedes Park and the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption at twilight. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Santiago - El Morro - Cayo Granma - Moncada Barracks

After an early morning walk through downtown Santiago de Cuba, we have an Interactive discussion with architect Norka Cabrales, Santiago’s leading expert in Preservation and Conservation of Historical Patrimony, followed by visits and photographic opportunities to key historical landmarks: The Parque Cespedes and Museo de Arte Colonial, the residence of Diego Velazquez; a visit to Plaza Dolores; and a visit to the Bacardi Museum. The Emilio Bacardí Moreau Museum was completed in 1927. It currently has three exhibition rooms dedicated to archaeology, Cuban history, and art from Santiago, Cuba, as well as Europe.

After we take a scenic drive to El Morro, for lunch at El Morro restaurant, followed by a visit to Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, also known as El Morro Fortress at the Bay of Santiago. Built in 1638 to defend against foreign attacks and piracy, the fortress has since then served as a prison and auxiliary bastion bearing proof of its long history with authentic war memorabilia and the original wooden crucifix from the 16th century. The fortress provides us with beautiful panoramic opportunities.

From El Morro we can see the small island in the bay called Cayo Granma. It’s a little fantasy island of red-roofed wooden houses, many of which sit on stilts above the water. After departing El Morro we take a short drive to a little ferry that will take us to this magical “lost in time” island. Here we will explore, talk with the locals, and even hike up to the small whitewashed Iglesia de San Rafael church at the key's highest point. This excursion is one of our favorite experiences in Santiago.

As the day comes to a close we visit Moncada Barracks, where the first armed assault of the Revolution took place. Led by Fidel Castro, a group of 90 men took to the Barracks on July 26, 1953 to attack the second largest military base on the island. Outnumbered 10 to 1, Fidel Castro and his men were defeated in the assault. Despite the defeat, once in power Fidel converted the Barracks into a school and established part of the building as the 26 of July Historical Museum. (B, L)

Wednesday (4)  Santiago de Cuba - Basilica del Cobre

In the morning we will visit the Basilica del Cobre, located northwest of Santiago. Built in 1926, this is the only Basilica on the island and is considered the most sacred place in Cuba for both Catholics and those that practice Santeria. This shrine houses the important statue of the Virgin of Charity, Caridad del Cobre, the named patron saint of the island. It is this Basilica that the Pope visited in the spring of 2015 on the 300th anniversary of the Saint. We will learn about the history of the Basilica within the context of Cuban religious history. After lunch we visit the Casa Heredia, the birthplace of the 19th century poet, Jose Maria Heredia, the first Cuban poet to champion independence. Enjoy a private performance by the Vocal Divas. Afterwards we will focus on exploring more of downtown Santiago de Cuba and it’s surrounding slums. Here you will find some of the best photographic opportunities in Cuba.

Next we visit Santiago’s most famous landmark, Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, lined in white marble. Cuban national hero, Jose Marti, is buried here as well as Compay Segundo of the Buena Vista Social Club. We will receive a tour from cemetery staff followed by an interactive discussion.

Finally, we enjoy a private performance by La Tumba Francesa. Tumba Francesa is a traditional cultural dance and musical style that emerged in the 18th century in Oriente, Cuba. It combines music from West Africa and traditional French music. "Tumba" derives from "tambours", which is French for drums. It is one of several Haitian drumming styles that produce a very infectious beat, often accompanied by trumpets, the instrument responsible for the distinctive Cuban sound. (B,

Thursday (5)  Santiago de Cuba - Guantanamo - Baracoa

On day five we depart Santiago and drive through the rain forest and mountains of eastern Cuba to the amazing and storybook village of Baracoa. Designated as Cuba’s first capital, Baracoa is not to be missed. Unquestionably, the most interesting relic in Baracoa is the Parra Cross which, it said, is one of the 19 that Christopher Columbus left in the New World as witness to the arrival of Christianity. The cross is exhibit in Our Lady of Assumption Parish Church. It is he oldest symbol of Catholic religion in the New World.

Here’s what Lonely Planet has to say... Magic, weird, beguiling, outlandish, unorthodox, mysterious, surreal, psychedelic and hallucinogenic; you can throw a thousand words at Baracoa, but still not come close to nailing its essence. Located over the hills and far away on the wet and windy side of the Cuchillos del Toa Mountains, Cuba’s oldest and most isolated town is a thing to behold, less for the beauty of its architecture (which is scruffy and unimpressive), but more for its atmosphere, people, and je ne sais quoi. Not surprisingly, epiphanies are rife in these parts. Feast your eyes upon the foliage – deep green, fast-growing and wonderfully abundant after the stark aridity of Guantánamo’s south coast – delve into the fantastical legends, and acquaint yourself with a Tolkeinesque cast of local characters both alive and dead. There’s Cayamba, the self-styled ‘Guerrilla troubadour’ who once claimed he was ‘the man with the ugliest voice in the world;’ La Rusa, the aristocratic Russian émigré who swapped one form of socialismo for another and became the inspiration for a novel by magic-realist author Alejo Carpentier; and Enriqueta Faber, a French woman who passed herself off as a man so that she could practice as a doctor and somehow managed to dupe a local heiress into marrying her in Baracoa’s Cathedral in – ahem – 1819! (Cuba’s first same-sex marriage?) Ah, Baracoa – what would Cuba be without you?

NOTE: The Cuban government has done a wonderful job rebuilding Baracoa after Hurricane Matthew inflicted a lot of damage in 2016. Not to worry, Baracoa has retained most of it’s amazing charm.

Before reaching Baracoa we pass through the city of Guantanamo and some of the most beautiful untouched beaches and rain forests in the Caribbean. (B)

Friday (6)  Baracoa - Santiago de Cuba

After breakfast we depart Baracoa for our return to Santiago. Cuba’s aging road system makes it impossible to continue on the north road, so we return to Santiago for a relaxing evening before heading on to Holguin on Saturday. (B)

Saturday (7)  Santiago de Cuba - Holguin

We depart Santiago in the morning for our drive to Holguin. Once in Holguin we will explore the city meet with locals. In the center is the sprawling Parque Calixto García, with a statue of the eponymous 19th-century general. In Holguín’s east, Plaza de la Revolución is the site of General Calixto García’s tomb, plus monuments to heroes of Cuban independence. To the northwest, a paved stairway leads to the top of Loma de la Cruz hill, topped with a white cross and with panoramic views over the city. We will visit the Fábrica de Órganos, a family-run factory that produces organs for the city’s musical groups. In the evening we celebrate our “Farewell Dinner” a once of our favorite Cuba restaurants. (B, D)

Sunday (8)  Holguin

After breakfast we review our photos from the past week, trade contact information and depart for Holguin Airport. Americans should book their return flights from Holguin Airport. International guests can either fly from Holguin, return to Havana on a domestic flight or fly to Miami for a connecting flight back home. Once registered we will be happy to advise you on all options available to you. (B)

Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s OFAC People-to-People Travel Program. CT-2016-327909 / C.F.R. 515.567. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.

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All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.

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NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.







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