The Magic of Cuba for Photographers
$1795
Sat

A Tour and Photo Workshop


In conjunction with Caribbean Pearl Tours, we present an opportunity to enjoy the best that Cuba has to offer to photographers at all levels of experience. 

This special 7-day tour includes four UNESCO World Heritage sites - Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad - with a final day for relaxation at Varadero beach, one of the best in the world.

It provides you with a chance to capture scenes of stunning natural beauty, elegant colonial architecture, the famous classic cars of the 1950s, and street scenes of the culture and everyday life in Cuba.  During the tour there will always be opportunities to make changes.  If, at any time, you want to pause for drinks, take time for more photos, enjoy extra time at one place or even change the itinerary or schedule, just ask your guide. Come with us and let us show you the magic of Cuba!

 

Your Photograhic Guides

 

Alex and Carol are Canadian photographers who have over forty years of combined photographic experience, from the days of film and 35mm film cameras to modern digital photography and the creative possibilities offered by computerized photo software.  Their work has been published in magazines, newspapers, on calendars, etc., has been used by various levels of government, and is in the homes of many private collectors. Recent works have been selected by Canadian Geographic and have appeared in the magazine of the Canadian Association of Photographic Arts.  Sessions on photo techniques and approaches will be scheduled with the group upon the participants’ arrival.
 

Includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at the Airport.

  • Private Guide.

  • Private Transportation.

  • Accommodation in a "Casa Particular". (Cuban Family Home)

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch included on every tour

  • Photo instruction on techniques, composition, lighting, and capabilities of digital photo equipment.

-  Optional sunrise photography sessions in Viñales and Varadero.

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Welcome to Cuba: The Pearl of the Caribbean

  • Pick up at Airport and transfer to your accommodation.
     

  • Check-in Casa Particular Havana.
     

  • City Tour Old Havana (2 - 3 Hours)
    Walking tour of the Historic Centre of Old Havana (UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site), San Francisco de Asis Square, Plaza Vieja. Return along Mercaderes Street to the Hotel Ambos Mundos with a visit to the room used by the American writer Ernest Hemingway, Plaza de Armas, Cathedral Square and panoramic tour to bar-restaurant La Bodeguita del Medio. View Details. View Details
     

  • Panoramic tour Havana.
    Guided tour by car where you can get to know and enjoy the main attractions of the country's capital, that magical, enigmatic and almost stopped in time Havana that has captivated so many. View Details
     

  • Free night.
    Optional: Visit El Guajirito and enjoy the Buena Vista Social Club.
     

Day 2 - Viñales: The land of cigars and limestone landscapes.

  • Breakfast.
     

  • Transfer to Viñales (3.5 hours)
    Viñales, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful places in Cuba. Tourists come to see its unique formation of steep-sided limestone hills (mogotes), its tobacco plantations and the Mural of Prehistory, painted on a rock. Pinar del Rio and Viñales are also famous for having the best cigars in the world and are home to many generations of Master Vegueros (Tobacco Farmers).
     

  • Stop at Viewpoint in the Hotel Los Jasmines.
     

  • Visit one Vega (Tobacco Farm)
    During this visit, we learn about the process of tobacco cultivation, which consists of the drying, fermentation and final preparation of tobacco leaves, with the option to smoke a cigar made here in the vega.  Here, we’ll be able to photograph the process of cigar making, with close-ups of the tobacco leaves and of cigar-makers at work.
     

  • Lunch at Private Restaurant “El Campesino”.
     

  • Visit the Indian Cave including a boat tour of its underground river.
     

  • Visit the Mural of Prehistory painting over the oldest rock on the island.
     

  • Sunset photography session and optional sunrise session the following morning:
    This will allow us to photograph the amazing karst landscape during the golden hours of sunset and sunrise.
     

Day 3 - Havana: Historic, charming, colorful.

  • Breakfast
     

  • Back to Havana
     

  • Check-in at accommodation in Havana.
     

  • Tour of National Hotel. (1 hour)
    Tour one of Cuba’s most legendary buildings, located on a hill overlooking Havana and the Malecon.  The National Hotel became famous in the '50s when it was frequented by film legends like Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, and Ava Gardner - their pictures decorate the walls of the hotel's café bar. This is now a major business center in Havana and is also inextricably linked to the mob years. In 1946 Lucky Luciano called a summit at the Nacional at which the carving up of Havana was on the agenda. In 1955 the Nacional's casino and nightclub were opened and managed by Meyer Lansky.
     

  • Fusterlandia
    Visit the neighborhood of Jaimanitas to see this socio-cultural community project that started in the workshop of Cuban artist Jose Fuster.  He, with the help of many others, has converted his home neighborhood into a masterpiece of intricate tile-work and kaleidoscopic colors in the distinctive style of Catalan artist Antoni Gaudí. This should make for some excellent photo opportunities!
     

  • Callejon de Hamel
    Like Fusterlandia, this is one of the principal socio-cultural community projects in Cuba. The artist Salvador Gonzáles Escalona converted this alley into a masterpiece with a mix of surrealism, cubism, and abstract art based on Afro-Cuban culture. The area was once rather desolate, but the colorful street now provides an eccentric backdrop for musicians and rumba dancers who entertain the increasing numbers of tourists and locals. Every Sunday afternoon the neighborhood hosts a colorful rumba party that gathers a lot of locals and foreigners in a big festive group. Great opportunities for photographers to shoot not only the artwork but performing dancers and musicians as well, in a wonderful afternoon of street photography!
     

  • Free night. Optional visit to Buena Vista Social club.
     

Day 4 – Cienfuegos: The beautiful city by the sea.

  • Breakfast
     

  • Transfer to Cienfuegos (3:30 hours)
     

  • Check-in at the accommodation.
     

  • Lunch. (1 hour)
     

  • Panoramic Tour Cienfuegos (1 hour)
    Panoramic tour through Prado promenade (the largest in Cuba), Cienfuegos seawall(Malecón), Club Cienfuegos, Park of the Sculptures, Jagua Hotel, Valley Palace.
     

  • Walking Tour Cienfuegos. (2 hours)
    Walking tour of Cienfuegos main boulevard, visiting the House of Rum and Tobacco, the Union Hotel and Jose Martí square, the oldest part of the city. We'll see the principal buildings of the square: the Town Hall, the Cathedral, Tomas Terry theater, Ferrer Palace and The Workers Arch.  This tour will give us great opportunities for wide-angle and close-up shots of the city’s classical architecture.
     

  • Visit the Castle of Jagua. (1 hour)
    Panoramic view of Cienfuegos from the bay, panoramic view of the first area inhabited by non-aborigines, crossing the entrance of the Bay in a local Ferry, visit the Castle of Jagua one of the symbols of Cienfuegos who were built even before the city itself.
     

  • Free night.
    Optional: Walking through Cienfuegos Prado and Malecón to enjoy the night breeze coming from the ocean and mingle with the locals.
     

Day 5 - Trinidad: The museum city of Cuba.

  • Breakfast
     

  • Transfer Trinidad (1:30 hours)
     

  • Check-in at the accommodation.
     

  • City tour Trinidad (3 hours)
    One of the first villages founded by the Spanish in the early sixteenth century, now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Trinidad provides ample opportunities for architectural photography. Visit the Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, with its luxurious altar decorated with precious wood and 300-year-old images; Plaza Mayor and the Temple House of Yemayá.  Visit Trinidad´s Bodeguita del Medio and La Canchánchara bar to enjoy the traditional cocktail of the same name.
     

  • Lunch (1:00 h).
    Authentic mountain food at a Ranch where all the food is raised and cultivated in these mountains, Cooked on a wood fire, this is an unforgettable experience for everyone who takes part.
     

  • Free night
    Optional: Listening and dancing to live salsa music on the Staircase of the House of Music. More wonderful performance and street photography opportunities!
     

Day 6 - Varadero: Cuba’s loveliest beach.

  • Breakfast.
     

  • 08:00 Transfer to Varadero. (3:30 hours)
     

  • Check-in at the accommodation and free day at the beach.
    A relaxing day at this excellent beach, which is widely regarded as the most beautiful in Cuba and one of the best in the world, well-known for its white sands and turquoise blue waters and tall palm trees.  Capture the picture-perfect photo of a tropical beach!
     

  • Free time for lunch.
     

  • Optional: Sunset photography session on the beach. Capture the beautiful colors of the clouds and their reflections in the water.
     

  • Free night
    Optional: Stroll the streets of Varadero with its local cabarets and nightlife.

 

Day 7: Adios and see you soon Cuba!

  • Sunrise photography session on the beach
     

  • Breakfast
     

  • Free day
     

  • Transfer to airport