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EASTERN CUBA

October 22 - 29, 2017

April 15 - 22, 2018

Travel, Street, People, Architecture and Landscape Photography

Includes

  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. -Visa (U.S. Citizens)

  11. -OFAC Approved

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Eastern Cuba

Camaguey, Bayamo, Santiago, Guantanamo & Baracoa*

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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 day in Cienfuegos followed by 2 days in Camaguey, 5 days in Santiago de Cuba including a day-trip to Baracoa.

The eastern half of Cuba not only includes the cities of Santiago de Cuba and Camaguey, the second and third largest on the island, but a tropical rain forest, untouched beaches and countless small municipalities that have remained immune to tourism as well. 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 Camaguey and 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. Cienfuegos, Trinidad Valley, Camaguey, and Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca in Santiago de Cuba are all UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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!

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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



Seymour Templar  |  October 22-29, 2017

Michael Chinnici  |  April 15-22, 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)


Includes



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 (6-10 guests)

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

Breakfasts

3 lunches and 3 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



Casa Verde, Perla del Mar, Palacio Azul or similar - Cienfuegos

La Sevillana or similar - Camaguey

Hotel Casa Granda or similar- Santiago de Cuba


Travel Information



Book your commercial flights to the corresponding airports noted below.

Arrival Airport: Cienfuegos Jaime González Airport (CFG) “American Airlines” - Transfer time 15min or more.

Departure Airport: Holguin Frank País Airport (HOG) - “American Airlines” - Transfer time 1hr or more.

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

Cuban Visa: U.S. Travelers will be provided with a special People-to-People visa. International Travelers may require a visa depending on your nationality. It is your responsibility to secure this visa. Go to VisaMapper for more information.


Visas



We will provide U.S. Citizens with a Cuban visa and the required OFAC People-to-People documents. International travelers who require a Cuban visa can get their visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries.


Price



EASTERN CUBA 8-DAY - CIENFUEGOS, CAMAGUEY, SANTIAGO DE CUBA, BARACOA*

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 22-29, 2017:  $7,695

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 15-22, 2018:  $8,295


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. *Due to Hurricane Matthew, access to Baracoa is limited and may be substituted.





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Sunday (1)  Cienfuegos

We meet at Cienfuegos Airport on Sunday where we will begin our amazing EASTERN CUBA Photo Adventure. After we will check-in we will begin exploring the city and the Punta Gorda. In the evening we enjoy our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Cienfuegos. (D)

Monday (2)  Sancti Spíritus - Camaguey

On day 2 we depart Cienfuegos for Camaguey. Along the way we will have some special locations to share with you, including an amazing panorama of a valley in Trinidad provence. We’ll make a stop in Sancti Spíritus, capital city of the province of Sancti Spíritus in central Cuba. Sancti Spíritus is Latin for "Holy Spirit". Sancti Spíritus has a worldwide famous Medical University located at the main road in Olivos III. It has students from all over the world representing 34 nationalities. It is also the home of the Sancti Spíritus Gallos baseball team.The university is afiliated with ELAM in Havana.

Finally we arrive in Camaguey, the nation's third largest city with more than 321,000 inhabitants. We will explore the city center by bicycle taxi and on foot. Most refer to Camaguey as a beautiful Cuban city, and it truly is. In the evening we enjoy dinner at Paladar 1800. (B)

Tuesday (3)  Camaguey

Camaguey has a fascinating past, and we will spend the day trying to capture its uniqueness.

After almost continuous attacks from pirates, the original city (founded as Santa María del Puerto del Príncipe around 1515 on the northern coast) was moved inland in 1528. The new city was built with a confusing layout of winding alleys. There are many blind alleys and forked streets that lead to squares of different sizes. One explanation is that this was done by design, to make the city easier to defend from any raiders; by the same version, the reason that there is only one exit from the city was that should pirates ever return and succeed in entering the city, it would be possible for local inhabitants to entrap and kill them. However, locals dispute this reasoning as a myth, asserting that in truth the city developed without planning, and that winding streets developed out of everybody wanting to stay close to their local church (the city has 15 of them). (B)

Wednesday (4)  Los Tunas - Bayamo - Santiago de Cuba

On day 4 we depart Camaguey for Santiago de Cuba. En route we will stop in the non-tourist cities of Los Tunas and Bayamo. In Bayamo we will enjoy lunch at a local eatery. Both of these small cities offer us a unique view into the authentic Cuba, and of course, offer wonderful photographic opportunities. By the afternoon we arrive in Santiago de Cuba where we check-in to our hotel. Santiago de Cuba is the naiton’s second largest city with over a half million people. In the evening we will photograph Plaza Dolores at twilight. (B)

Thursday (5)  Santiago de Cuba - Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca

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.

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 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)

Friday (6)  Guantanamo - Baracoa

On day six we depart very early in the morning for a day trip through the rain forest and mountains of eastern Cuba to amazing Baracoa. Why a day trip? For one, Baracoa is not to be missed. You can fly there, but flights are unreliable and often cancelled. You can stay overnight, but the accommodations are unfortunately unacceptable.

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?

Before reaching Baracoa we pass through the city of Guantanamo. Along the route we drive past some of the most beautiful untouched beaches, wondering if one day there will be resorts and condos there. While in Baracoa we will explore the village, visit the church which houses a cross left by Christopher Columbus on December 1, 1492, said to be the only remaining one of the 29 crosses planted by him. By late afternoon we depart Baracoa and return to Santiago de Cuba. (B)

Saturday (7)  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.

Finally, after a sunset shoot we enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” at El Palenquito restaurant, followed by 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, D)

Sunday (8)  Santiago de Cuba - Holguin

We depart Santiago de Cuba in the early morning for Holguin Airport where we will check-in for our American Airlines Charter Flight back to Miami. Guests returning to other countries should contact us after registration about your options which will include a domestic flight to Havana or returning to Miami with the group. (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 for more information. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


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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 us for more information.




Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



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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



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You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Click here to explore our wonderful selection of Combination Packages.


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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Loyalty Club**



All registered guests for 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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