November 3 - 8, 2019

January 12 - 17, 2020

May 3 - 8, 2020

Travel, Street, People, Architecture & Landscape Photography


  1. -6 Days

  2. -Photographer | Guide

  3. -Cuban Guide & Driver

  4. -People-to-People

  5. -Casa Particulars

  6. -Breakfasts

  7. -2 Dinners

  8. -Local Transportation

  9. -OFAC Approved

  10. -100% Compliant & Legal Travel for U.S. Citizens



Cuba Unplugged

Old Havana, Havana, Vedado, Regla and Vinales


Live and experience the real Cuba with Cuba Unplugged.

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

Our 6-day Cuba Unplugged Photo Adventure includes Old Havana, Central Havana, Regla, Vedado, Miramar and Vinales. Our Unplugged adventure is just that, raw and authentic. We’ll be staying in Cuban Bed & Breakfasts and immersing ourselves in everyday Cuban life. If you have ever wanted to see and photograph the real Cuba, this is by far our most authentic trip to Cuba.

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 Havana, where vintage American cars from the 40’s and 50’s roll by you on Havana’s Malecon.

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. 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. Old Havana and Vinales Valley are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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!

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Cuba for U.S. Citizens.

Photo Workshop Adventures provides 100% legal and compliant Cuba travel under US Treasury Department’s OFAC License CT-2016-327909 / C.F.R. 515.567. This allows group travel to Cuba for “workshops” and “support for the Cuban people”.


Group Size

8-10 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

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

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

October to November -  Temps 85/71 F  29/21 C  Approx. Sunrise 7:26 | Sunset 7:04 (19:04)

December to March -  Temps 80/63 F  26/17 C  Approx. Sunrise 7:10 | Sunset 6:17 (18:17)

April to May -  Temps 88/69 F  30/20 C  Approx. Sunrise 6:56 | Sunset 8:00 (20:00)


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

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

Professional photographer | guide

Cuban guide and driver

Photo walks & discussions

Casa particulars (Cuban Bed & Breakfasts)

2 dinners

Local transportation

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. 


Havana and Vinales - Casa Particulars - The finest private cuban homes

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.

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


U.S. based airlines distribute Cuban Visas at the airport using the documents provided by us. A Cuban Visa cost $50 - $100 depending on the airline. International travelers who require a Cuban visa can get their visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries.

Helpful Links

> Venturing to Cuba for the First Time - by Darrell Miller

> Legal US Travel to Cuba - by Michael Chinnici

> Comparing Photo Adventures - by Michael Chinnici

> How to Keep Cuban Cigars Fresh - by Michael Chinnici

> Iceland + Cuba - 14 Days of Discovery - by Michael Chinnici  



Photo Adventure Vacation | November 3-8, 2019:  $3,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | January 12-17, 2020:  $3,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | May 3-8, 2020:  $3,995

Single Supplement:  $600

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $200

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $200

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.


Day 1 | Havana

We greet you at the airport in Havana where we will begin our authentic CUBA UNPLUGGED Photo Adventure. After we checkin to our Cuban casa we will begin by visiting the famous Hotel Nacional. The amazing setting will bring many back to the 1950s, when the mafia held its annual meetings at this historic hotel and walk the streets of Central Havana. After we take a photo walk through the streets of Central Havana and along the Malecon, Havana’s famous seawall. In the evening we enjoy our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Havana. (D)

Day 2 | Central Havana - Old Havana - Vedado

In the morning we focus on low light photography throughout central Havana, home to many working class Cubans. After breakfast we will head to Old Havana for a photo walk through the Historic Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. We will visit its main plazas and streets with some stops along the way. We’ll enjoy lunch at Doña Eutimia paladar. Famous for its ropa vieja and frozen mojitos, this cozy paladar made Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world in 2012. The restaurant’s location in the beautiful cathedral square is unbeatable. We’ll spend the afternoon immersing ourself in Cuban life as we visit with Cuban friends and business owners. In the afternoon we’ll be treated to a photo/cooking lesson at Atelier. This restaurant is equally known for its atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. The lighting and textures of the house, which was home to a pre-revolutionary senator, coupled with walls adorned in modern art, create a cozy, but modern setting. (B) (L)

Day 3 | Regla - La Finca Vigía - Santa Maria - Havana

We take the early morning ferry across Havana bay to Regla. Regla is situated on the southeastern shore of La Habana Bay, across from the historic centre of Havana, and constitutes a municipality of the province-level Ciudad de la Habana (City of Havana). You will be excited with the many non-touristy photographic opportunities you will find here. Regla was a center for smuggling activities in the 19th century. It is now an industrial suburb of Havana, with which it is linked by ferry as well as by land. Its foundries, petroleum refineries, shipyards, docks, and warehouses suggest its importance as both port and railhead. Factories include shoes, soap, foods, and soft drinks. Regla is also an important centre for the practice of Santería, a religious tradition of African origin. In Regla we’ll be picked up in vintage American Classic Cars and take to La Finca Vigía, formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway, where today it still houses his expansive collection of books. It was here where he wrote two of his most celebrated novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. The beautiful grounds and bizarre tails from Hemingway’s many years in Cuba are captivating. We’ll spend the early afternoon with locals for a traditional, Cuban gathering in the neighborhood of Santa Maria. In the late afternoon we attend a session at the famous “Rafael Trejo” Boxing Gym in Old Havana. Here we will have the opportunity to photograph trainers and students in session. In the evening we have organized a dinner reservation for you at the famous La Guarida Paladar, the set to the movie “Strawberry and Chocolate,” and known for its spectacular ambiance and delicious desserts. (meal not included – to be paid on the ground). We will also have the chance to photograph the interior of this old town house carrying the charming ambience of the early 1900s. (B)

Day 4 | Pinar del Rio - Vinales

On day four we leave for Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s western-most province, famous for its rich soil, tobacco production and spectacular scenery Here we will visit the charming little village of Viñales nestled in the Sierra de los Organos mountains. Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and settlement dating back to the Spanish colonial era. We start off by visiting one of Cuba’s most renowned tobacco farmers, who produces tobacco used in world famous Cohiba cigars. For lunch we visit a local organic farm to learn about Cuban agriculture and tobacco production, where we will have a tasty meal. After lunch we explore downtown Viñales, where we will take a photo walk to meet with small business owners, average citizens and others out and about; taking photos throughout. After we will check-in to Los Jazmines Hotel, located on a hill with a lookout that oversees the beautiful valley. We’ll photograph sunset in the valley followed by dinner at a local family run paladar. (B, L)

Day 5 | Vinales - Havana

We awake to an early morning sunrise photo walk in beautiful Viñales Valley. Considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Cuba. This unique valley makes for the most amazing sunrise shoots as well as capturing the people and farmers as they begin their day working the land. After breakfast we head back to our casa in Havana. We’ll enjoy lunch at Santy, a new sushi restaurant located in Jaimanitas on the Western outskirts of Havana just shy of Marina Hemingway. It is located in a clapboard single story wooden house on one of the outlets to the sea. Then a visit the home of Frank Delgado, renowned singer and songwriter, for a discussion about the nueva trova movement in Cuba, followed by a musical performance. In the evening we enjoy our “Farewell Dinner” at El Cocinero. This lovely restaurant is housed in a former factory. Home to Havana’s hip, you might think you are in Soho or Madrid. Following dinner, walk next door for live music, art and dancing at La Fábrica de Arte Cubano. Rock star X Alfonso has turned this into meeting spot for a young, eclectic crowd of Cubans and foreigners. (B) (L) (D)

Day 6 | Havana

On our last day together we enjoy an early morning Bicycle Taxi Photo Tour through Old and Central Havana, providing us with many photographic opportunities including produce markets and more. After we return to the casa to check-out and bid you farewell. (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

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

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

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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100% Compliant and Legal Travel to Cuba

We are unaffected by the new Cuba travel rules imposed by the Trump Administration. 

U.S. Citizens have been able to travel to Cuba legally under 13 category licenses. The "people-to-people category" has now been eliminated as of June 5, 2019. Travel by cruise ships, private boats and airplanes has also been banned.

Photo Workshop Adventures LLC travels to Cuba legally under the license category for Workshops. Additionally, we offer "Support for the Cuban People". 

Photo Workshop Adventures LLC holds a U.S. Treasury OFAC license CT-2016-327909-1 / C.F.R. 515.567 (Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibits - C.F.R. 515.567). 

The current administration believes that the cruise ship industry, as well as certain tour groups were using the people-to-people category as “veiled tourism”, and without structured itineraries.