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EASTERN CUBA

April 16 - 23, 2018

October 22 - 29, 2018

April 15 - 22, 2019

October 21 - 28, 2019

Travel, Street, People, Rural & Landscape Photography

Includes

  1. -8 Days

  2. -Small Group Size

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Cuban Guide & Driver

  5. -People-to-People

  6. -4-Star Hotels

  7. -Casa Particulars

  8. -Breakfasts & 4 Meals

  9. -Local Transportation

  10. -Visa (U.S. Citizens)

  11. -OFAC Approved

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Eastern Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Guantanamo and more

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

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

Our 8-day EASTERN CUBA Photo Adventure 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. We’ll spend 3 days in the storybook village of Baracoa, designated as Cuba’s first capital, 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 the oldest symbol of Catholic religion in the New World.

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!

IMPORTANT:  U.S. CITIZENS CAN STILL TRAVEL TO CUBA LEGALLY USING LICENSED GROUP TRAVEL SUCH AS PHOTO WORKSHOP ADVENTURES.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TRAVEL REGULATIONS FOR U.S. CITIZENS.

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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Group Size



6-10 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 16-23, 2018

Seymour Templar  |  October 22-29, 2018

Michael Cohen  |  April 15-22, 2019

Seymour Templar  |  October 21-28, 2019


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)


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape, rural, 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 (6-10 guests)

4-star hotels and casas (Cuban Bed 7 Breakfasts) in rural locations

Breakfasts

2 lunches and 2 dinners

Local transportation in air conditioned minibus

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. 


Accommodations



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

Hotel El Castillo or Casa Particulars (Bed & Breakfasts) - Baracoa


Travel Information



U.S. Guests - Arrival and Departure Airport: Miami International Airport (MIA) - We depart from Miami. Once registered we will advise you with more details.

International Guests - Arrival and Departure Airport: Holguin Frank País Airport (HOG) - We depart Holguin Frank País Airport for Santiago de Cuba at 2:00 PM on day one.

NOTE: U.S. Guests will arrive in Miami on Saturday. Book American Airlines flight 1041 Sunday at 11:25 AM, arrive in Holguin at 1:00 PM. Return flight on American Airlines flight 1482 departing Hogiun at 1:10 PM.


Visas



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 for about $1500 less. 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



Price



EASTERN CUBA 8-DAY - HAVANA, SANTIAGO DE CUBA, BARACOA

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 16-23, 2018:  $6,895

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 22-29, 2018:  $6,895

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 15-22, 2019:  $7,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 21-28, 2019:  $7,295


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.





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Sunday (1)  Miami - Holguin - Santiago de Cuba

We meet in the morning at Miami International Airport (MIA) for our 10:30 AM American Airlines flight 1041 to Holguin, Cuba (Eastern Cuba’s newest and most modern airport). Upon our arrival in Cuba we will make our way to Santiago de Cuba and settle into our hotel and begin our amazing EASTERN CUBA Photo Adventure. In the evening we enjoy a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Cuban restaurants. (D)

Monday (2)  Santiago de Cuba

We begin our day with an early morning photo walk throughout Santiago de Cuba. Santiago is Cuba’s 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 the day 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

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 and a visit to Plaza Dolores.

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 de Cuba, and we will spend much of the afternoon exploring. (B, L)

Wednesday (4)  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 the 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. Ah, Baracoa – what would Cuba be without you? (B)

Thursday (5)  Baracoa

On Thursday we explore with village of Baracoa, its breathtaking cove and surrounding countryside. Our schedule will be a casual one as we interact with locals and take you off the beaten path. (B)

Friday (6)  Baracoa

On Friday we explore the rural aspects of Baracoa, visiting local coconut farms and taking river walks up Rio Miel and Rio Yumri. It’s a truly amazing experience. (B)

Saturday (7)  Baracoa - Santiago de Cuba

After breakfast we depart Baracoa for our return to Santiago where we settle in for our last night. We’ll have an optional schedule in the afternoon. In the evening we celebrate our “Farewell Dinner” a once of our favorite Cuba restaurants. (B, D)

Sunday (8)  Santiago de Cuba - Holguin - Miami

After breakfast we review our photos from the past week, trade contact information and depart for Holguin Airport for American Airlines flight 1482 departing at 1:10 PM. (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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  Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



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We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Travel Insurance



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We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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Gift Certificates



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Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.



Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Loyalty Club**



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.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


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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