CUBA

CUBA

Nov 15 - 19/23, 2014

Dec 29 - Jan 2 New Years

Jan 3 - 7/11, 2015

Jan 21 - Feb 1, 2015

Feb 21 - Mar 1, 2015

Mar 14 - 18/22, 2015

April 11 - 15/19, 2015

May 2 - 10, 2015

Travel, Landscape, Architecture, Street and People Photography

Includes

  1. -9 Days or 5 Days

  2. -Legal US Visa

  3. -Charter Flight from Miami

  4. -Photographer | Guide

  5. -Photo Walks

  6. -Small Group Size

  7. -4 & 5-Star Hotels

  8. -Breakfasts, 4 Meals

  9. -Local Transportation

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CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURES

Cuba

Havana, Pinar del Rio, Vinales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad

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Discover Cuba’s warm people and its unique and colorful culture.

Cuba Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

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 its warm people alongside its natural beauty and stunning architecture. Laid back Caribbean Island culture mixed with the big-city life of Havana, where vintage American cars from the 40’s and 50’s roll by you on Havana’s Malecon. Cienfuegos is a port city on the southern coast with architecture that reflects its French colonial roots. And Trinidad is Cuba’s best preserved colonial city.


Like all our adventures, we take you behind the scenes of Cuba’s tourist veil and expose you to the inner city culture that is the real Cuba. By working with locals, we are able to achieve this on an unprecedented level. We’ll be speaking with Cubans about daily life on the island, learning about the country’s unique political and economic system, meeting scores of Cubans from different walks of life 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. All three cities are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cuba is not to be missed!


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. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, 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 week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. This workshop offers more photographic opportunities than any other workshop we offer.


100% LEGAL TRAVEL FOR US CITIZENS

with a US Treasury issued People-to-People Cuba Visa



This is a 100% legal Cuba trip using a US Treasury Departments People-to-People Visa License No. CT-2013-300203-1 (Havana Culinary and Culture LLC). This allows US Citizens and US green cards holders to legally travel to Cuba.


Group Size



6-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



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

Busy schedule

Travel by vintage American cars, bicycle taxi’s and air-conditioned mini-bus

9 Day Itinerary: 3 Hotels in 8 nights

5 Day Itinerary: 1 Hotel in 4 nights (limited availability)

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(*non-photographers also welcome)


Weather | Sun



January - Temps 78/63 F  Sunrise 7:12 | Sunset 5:57

February - Temps 79/63 F  Sunrise 7:10 | Sunset 6:17

March - Temps 82/66 F  Sunrise 7:29 | Sunset 7:42

April - Temps 84/69 F  Sunrise 7:15 | Sunset 7:48

November - Temps 82/69 F  Sunrise 6:50 | Sunset 5:43


Includes



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

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

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

9 days | 8 nights (5 day available)

4 & 5-star hotels

Breakfasts

2 Dinners and 2 Lunches

People-to-People Visa HCC License No. CT-2013-300203-1

Local transportation in vintage American cars and air conditioned minibus


Hotels



Saratoga Hotel or Parque Central Hotel - Old Havana

Casa Verde, Perla del Mar or Palacio Azul - Cienfuegos

IIberostar Grand Trinidad - Trinidad


Travel Information



Arrival Airport: Book your arrival fights in and out of Miami International Airport (MIA). Arrive the day before because our departure from Miami is at 8 AM and book your departure from Miami after 7 PM.

Request a quote if you would like us to help book your air travel to and from Miami.


Excursions



PINAR DEL RIO / VINALES: Day trip to tobacco farms and Vinales Valley

HEMINGWAY’S HOME / BEACH: Travel by beautifully restored vintage American cars

FASHION SHOOT: Cuban model shoot on the streets of Old Havana

EL NICHO WATERFALLS: Trip to these beautiful waterfalls nearby Trinidad and Cienfuegos



Price (9-Day)



CUBA PHOTO & CULTURAL ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 15-23, 2014:  $5,195

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 3-11, 2015:  $5,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 21 - February 1, 2015:  $5,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | February 21 - March 1, 2015:  $5,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 14-22, 2015:  $5,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 11-19, 2015:  $5,295

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 2-10, 2015:  $5,295


(Optional) Private Room Supplement:  $800

(Required) Round-trip charter airfare Miami to Havana:  $525


Deposit:  $1500


Price (5-Day)



HAVANA PHOTO & CULTURAL ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | November 15-19, 2014:  $3,895

Photo Adventure Vacation | December 29 - January 2, 2015:  $4,695 - NEW YEAR’S EVE

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 3-7, 2015:  $3,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | March 14-18, 2015:  $3,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 11-15, 2015:  $3,995


Optional) Private Room Supplement:  $500

(Required) Round-trip charter airfare Miami to Havana: $525


Deposit:  $1000




NOTE: All payments are made directly to Havana Culinary and Culture LLC (HCC), the license holder for approved People-to-People Visas to Cuba. License No. CT-2013-300203-1

*Hotel accommodations are based on double occupancy. Hotels selections are based on availability. Breakfast is included if its included in our room rates. 5-Day Option not always available and subject to change.


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CUBA 9 DAYS (5-Day Itinerary includes days 1-5 listed below)


Saturday (1)  Miami - Old Havana - Miramar

We depart Miami at 8 AM on an American Airlines Charter Flight. Upon arrival to Havana our Cuban guide will take us for a driving tour of Havana, stopping off for photography and discussions at Revolutionary Square, the historic 5th avenue in Miramar, the beautiful malecon and the other side of the Bay of Havana. Our photo opportunities will include the Vedado farmer’s market, mansions in Miramar and the castle at the end of the malecon.

For lunch we enjoy a traditional Cuban meal overlooking the Straits of Florida at the Hotel Nacional, Cuba’s most famous hotel, with a great view of the Havana sea wall and the old Spanish fortress. Served family style, the rice, beans and roasted chicken are delicious and a perfect match with live music and a beautiful ambiance. Following lunch we check-in at the Hotel Saratoga, one of Havana’s finest hotels, located at the steps of the Capitol building and blocks from the center of the historic Old Havana. In the afternoon we will venture onto the streets of Old Havana, meeting with small business owners, average citizens and others out and about, giving us a great opportunity for street, people and architectural photography. Our group leader, an expert on U.S.-Cuba relations and the Cuban economy, will discuss current events in Cuba and tips for our next 9 days in Cuba.

In the evening we enjoy our “Welcome Dinner” at Doña Eutimia paladar. Famous for its ropa vieja and frozen mojitos, this recently opened paladar made Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world in 2012. Where comfortable shoes as we will be walking to and from the restaurant through the heart of Old Havana.  (D)

Sunday (2)  Old Havana - Havana - Fashion Shoot

On Sunday morning we focus on low light photography with an early morning photo walk through Old Havana. After breakfast we discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. In the afternoon we take a photo walk through Central Havana, meeting with shop owners and street merchants. Afternoon discussion in the mezzanine of our hotel with Carlos Alzugaray, former Cuban diplomat and expert on U.S. – Cuba relations, to learn about the bilateral relationship and Cuban foreign policy. After dinner some night photography on the streets of Old Havana. Late afternoon Fashion Photo Shoot with Cuban models, stylist, 1950’s American cars and other props. (B)

Monday (3)  Havana - Hemingway’s Home

We start our day with a visit to Fototeca, the leading photographic guild in Cuba and the most prestigious venue for showcasing work from leading Cuban photographers. After we visit Rafael Trejo boxing gym for a discussion and photo session with the boxers. This is a great opportunity to capture a real tradition in Cuban sports. We move on to the Taller de Grafica Experimental. The Taller is Havana’s printmaking and lithographic workshop. It is a studio, a school and most of all, an art institution that preserves and develops the sophisticated art of print making with relative freedom of spirit and form. We will be welcomed by artist Yamilis Brito and several fellow printmakers that belong to the guild. The artists will display their works and be available for personal exchanges. We are free to photograph the artists as they work. Lunch and free time for you to enjoy the rooftop swimming pool, explore parts of Havana that you’ve yet to see or take advantage of one-on-one discussions with our photography leader. Late afternoon visit to Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s farm home, Cojimar, the village where Hemingway spent his time fishing, followed by a photographic visit to the beaches of the east, where Habaneros escape from the city heat. (B)

Tuesday (4)  Havana - Pinar del Rio - Vinales

Depart for Pinar del Rio, the western-most province, famous for its rich soil, tobacco production and spectacular scenery. We start off by visiting a local farm to learn about Cuban agriculture and tobacco production. We then explore downtown Vinales and enjoy lunch at the paladar of your choice, followed by a photo walk through the charming village of Vinales. Discussion with Candido and Marlene, the owners of a local “casa particular,” about running a bed and breakfast and being part of this growing private sector. Afterwards we visit the small country town where Mario Pelegrin, a community activist, has created a charming neighborhood project dedicated to local children. In this tranquil setting, a collection of rustic cabins provide a home for amateur art programs. This wonderful program gives local kids the opportunity to have fun while learning new skills in the areas of music, dance, theatre and art. We will have an opportunity to interact with the group and discuss the program and our experiences. Return to Havana by early evening. (B) (L)

Wednesday (5)  Havana - Regla - Callejón de Hamel

Early morning visit Cuatro Caminos market, one of the city’s busiest and most unique produce and agricultural markets. Take pedestrian ferry across Havana Bay to the community of Regla, a working-class, Afro-Cuban community with a thriving local culture. Regla is especially known for its strong ties to Santería and other Afro-Cuban religions. We will have a discussion with Magia López and Alexey Rodriguez of the hip-hop/jazz duo Obsesión about their experiences and views on race and gender equality in Cuba. Lunch at Café Laurent, a recently opened paladar located in the beautiful Vedado District. Blocks from the Hotel Nacional, this penthouse apartment was converted into a lovely rooftop restaurant. This is not included in package price but we plan to do it as a group.

Visit Callejón de Hamel, a neighborhood that has been converted into a cultural center rich in Afro-Cuba religion, art and dance. Scholar Elias Assef will provide an overview of Santeria and other Cuban religions with African roots. We will visit the home of a Babalao, (Yoruba Priestess) who will receive the group and explain the religious deities and elaborate alters in her home. We will visit to “los tigres de monte” judo training center. Located in the 10 de Octubre neighborhood, the gym is an inspiration community project giving alternatives to youth in the area to occupy free time.

An afternoon treat at the Café Madrigal for cocktails and tapas. Café Madrigal, owned and run by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with the walls lined with captivating art work. We will be joined by musician Frank Delgado, renowned singer and songwriter, for a discussion about the nueva trova movement in Cuba, followed by a musical performance. (B)

Thursday (6)  Havana - Cienfuegos - Trinidad 

After breakfast and our hotel checkout we depart for Cienfuegos, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful cities, which is located approximately three and a half hours from Havana. Upon arrival we will enjoy a tour of Cienfuegos, beginning with the beautiful Palacio del Valle and concluding with Plaza Marti. Visit to the restaurant Las Mamparas to photograph the husband, wife and daughters, all of whom work at the family run business. Visit the home of Tito and Irene Gonzalez, a well-kept mansion in the historic center of the city, to photograph the home and its residents.

Afterwards we enjoy Music and cocktails with the local chapter of UNEAC, the National Union of Artists and Writers of Cuba, featuring an interactive discussion with photographers, musicians and other locals, followed by live music and dance. Proceed to the French colonial village of Trinidad, a UNESCO world heritage site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town feel. We check into our hotel and enjoy the nightlife of Trinidad. (B)

Friday (7)  Trinidad

Morning photo walk through Trinidad where we will visit the Plaza Mayor and the famous Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima church, as well as the many other restored architectural gems in this charming village. (B)

Optional Excursion: Late afternoon catamaran sail or horseback ride on the beach.

Saturday (8)  Trinidad

Photo walk through Trinidad, meeting with small business owners, average citizens, shop keepers, street musicians and others out and about. Afternoon discussions about photo techniques and post processing. A review of your images to date. Free afternoon to relax, shop, take a taxi to the beach or explore more of Trinidad. “Farewell Dinner” at Sol y Son, a local paladar known for its fresh fish and live music. (B) (D)

Sunday (9)  Trinidad - Cienfuegos - Miami

After our morning breakfast we exchange information and sadly head to the airport in Cienfuegos for our 1:30 PM return flight back to Miami. (B)

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®


IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO US CITIZENS:

Most Americans think that it’s illegal to travel to Cuba from the United States, but this is no longer true thanks to a special People-to-People Visa Program which the US Treasury Department put in to place several years ago. It allows US Citizens to travel to Cuba for Cultural, Educational and Humanitarian reasons. Last year hundreds of thousands of Americans traveled to Cuba using these Visa’s. Another misconception is that Cuba might be dangerous for Americans or tourists. Actually it’s quite the contrary. Cuba is one of the safest countries in the Western Hemisphere. The warm people of Cuba embrace Americans with open arms, and the government of Cuba is very protective of tourists in general.



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MICHAEL CHINNICI

New York, United States  |  Professional Photographer & Guide

Guides over 20 destinations around the world

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Michael began taking photos and developing prints in his basement darkroom at the age of 11. Using his fathers Argus C-3, he learned the technical aspects of photography at an early age.

This early love of imagery influenced his other creative skills as an artist, musician, designer and visionary. As a photographer, Michael quickly grew to master the art of photography, including landscape, street, people, fashion and motorsports. With a degree in Advertising and Design, he launched his first ad agency in 1982 and soon realizing the creative potential within the world of marketing and design. Always embracing photography and technology, in 1996 he launched New York’s first digital photography studio.

In 2000, Michael turned his focus to photography, travel and various creative projects. As digital camera technology advanced and a global interest in photography increased, he looked for ways to harness this momentum. In 2008, while photographing on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, the idea of creating world class photo adventures became his obsession and passion.

When Michael isn’t leading a photo adventure, private guided tour or shooting commercially, he can be found exploring new and interesting destinations, restaurants and opportunities.

 


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JOHN R. WALKER

Toronto, Canada  |  Professional Photographer & Guide

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Born and bred in Toronto, Canada, his interest in photography was ignited by Grandpa 'Pop Walker' and his love for a trusty Yashica DLR camera. So on his 16th birthday (rather than buying an old car) he purchased a Olympus OM1 SLR and has never looked back. John studied advertising at Centennial College and Commercial Art and Design at Ontario College of Art. From there he worked along side some of the finest art directors and production managers representing the best film houses and photography studios in the city. This experience and understanding of film, combined with years of traditional colour management techniques to print, is still the key factor when he composes the digital shot, and most importantly, processes the final image. 

John works with Canon equipment and is the Official Photographer/Track Ambassador for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport. As well as numerous journalistic motoring assignments for national newspapers, magazines and social media outlets. Most race weekends John can be found track side working with some of the best photographers in the world. 

John says, "Collaborating with new photographers, learning new techniques and then sharing the experiences over a beer and some good food at the end of the day is very rewarding to me. This challenges me to make every image the best it can be no matter where it will be published. I also believe that most everyone can be a good photographer, they just don’t know it yet."

 

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ALEXANDER CHINNICI

New York, United States  |  Professional Photographer & Guide

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Alex Chinnici is a New York born Photographer and Cinematographer with a wide range of work experience. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Video, with a concentration in Cinematography. Alex is a chameleon constantly searching for the right style to bring the story, product or artist to life. He prides himself in becoming intensely involved in the project. Most importantly he collaborates with those around him to bring the project to its full potential.

Although his degree is in cinematography, Alex has mastered the art of photography and embraces similar techniques such as lighting exposure, lens choices, composition and more. Because of his diverse background, Alex has worked with more cameras than more photographers, making him a strong leader and guide.

 


Private Guided Photo Tours



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We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please register here, or email us for rates and information. Please email or call for more information.


Gift Cards



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Private Online Tutorials


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We offer private online photo tutorials for individuals who are not able to attend one of our workshops and are interested in improving their photographic skills. We customize our online class to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. One of our Professional Photographers will work with you using online webinar meeting software, We conduct one-on-one discussions using screen sharing to teach. This is also a great follow-up for former guests who would like to extend their learning even after our adventure has ended. Whether you are interested in a particular type of photography, or learning more about metering, exposure or depth of field, learning more about your new camera, or post processing techniques and tricks, we are ready to teach you. Rates are $125 per hour, and $195 for your first 2-hour Starter Session. Register today or email us for more information.


Combination Tours



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You can save up to $1200 by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. We now offer over 110 Combination Packages.


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We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance is typically 4-7% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have100% 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. Squaremouth.com, a leading comparison site, rates Travelex amongst the highest of those it lists. Click here to get a free quote.


Travel Services



We now offer international travel services to help you plan and book your travel to and from one or more of our adventures. Our travel services partner, who Conde Nast Travel Magazine named as "Top Travel Agent" for 5 consecutive years, handles our backend. They offer you the same great rates you get online while providing you with world class customer service. Click here to learn more.


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PWA Loyalty Club



All returning guests automatically receive $300 off their next adventure. Once you’ve attended one of our 6+ day photo adventures, you’ll receive a $300 Gift Voucher† good toward another 6+ day or longer photo adventure. Attend 3 or more adventures and you’ll receive a $500 Gift Voucher good toward any future 6+ day photo adventure.



†LOYALTY CLUB GIFT VOUCHER: The loyalty discount only applies to the workshop fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be in addition to any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or other “discounted specials”. Only one Gift Voucher per person, per workshop. Discount cannot be combined with any other offer. This discount has no cash value. Your discount will be applied to the final payment.


Note: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, airport travel and transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless we are not able to negotiate breakfast when booking the hotel. All accommodations are double occupancy and perfect if you are traveling with a companion or photographer friend. Please choose the private room option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if we can match you with the same gender and cannot be guaranteed. 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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