Cuba! A Street Photographers Paradise

A 7 day trek through some of the most photogenic sites in Cuba!

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Street Photography in Cuba

Instead of taking you by cruise ship from Cuban port to port, this safari takes you from Cuban street to street in safety-tested 1950’s vintage cars, and you get to photograph not only the unique architecture of Havana and Trinidad but also get up close to Afro-Cuban dancers, to Santeria ceremonies, to off-the-beaten-track Cuban restaurants, to auto mechanics fashioning new parts for old vehicles, to wonderful street scenes and wall art, and, most importantly, to the people of Cuba who LOVE to be photographed!

Our Cuba photo tour takes place during a time of great change in the country. If you like street photography, this safari is for you!

On this exciting safari, we provide instruction on architectural photography, abstract photography, dance photography, food photography, museum photography, travel photography, general tips on composition, candid portrait photography, nighttime photography, street photography, lens and filter use, and flash photography.

We only have room for 6 clients on this travel photo safari, first-come, first-served, so we urge you to make your decision as soon as possible!

Itinerary:

Day 1 /Sunday 3:  Night-Havana
Arrive in Havana
This will be a morning when customers will arrive on different flights. As they arrive, we will pick them up at the airport and take them directly to their lodging. The recommendation is to arrive in Cuba in the morning. Clients will stay in private homes in the Old Havana area, a fascinating downtown area for street photography.
(What to photograph? Daily life. People, architecture, Cubans are very open to being photographed.)

Lunch at Antojos
Once all together we will go to lunch, in the classic cars that will transport us throughout the week, to one of the popular neighborhoods of Havana. Alamar is a neighborhood east of the city center and designed in the Soviet style. El Chanchullero is the second of two restaurants founded by a humble family and offering simple but delicious food. You will love the place!

City architectural tour
Nothing better to prepare for the future photos that we will take than an architectural tour from a professor at the University of Havana. We will learn about the architectural styles, a bit of history and some gossip while we walk along the Paseo del Prado. Be ready! Life in Havana does not stop, the photos will be right next to you.
(What to photograph? Daily life. People, architecture, cars. Children playing, couples in love. This area of the city has a lot of movement.)

Welcoming dinner at Al Carbón
This is one of the best restaurants in the city. After their owners, chefs Iván and Justo, triumphed with their first restaurant Iván Chef Justo, they decided to open this new exquisite place where the grill is the protagonist. The ingredients are always fresh and organic. The decoration is fabulous. After dinner we will make a night walk back home through the neighborhood. Let’s take the opportunity to take some photos.

(What to photograph? Daily life. People, architecture, cars, shadows. The neighborhood´s illumination is amazing and allows you to take very creative photographs. You can take pictures of the interiors of buildings and houses through the windows.)

Day 2 / Monday 4: Night-Havana

Afrocuban religion tour
Guided by an expert of Afro-Cuban culture and religion, we will visit houses of worship from two different branches of this religion. The experience will be in the neighborhood of Centro Havana. After the tour we will walk through the inner streets of the neighborhood. This is an excellent time to do all kinds of photographs thanks to the graphic richness of the place. This day we will photograph an auto mechanic at work creating new parts for old 1950’s cars.

(What to photograph? Portraits, religious elements, street art, architecture, markets, textures, daily life, cars.)

Lunch at a Arcángel

Remaining of the afternoon free until dinner.

Dinner at San Cristobal
This is one of the iconic restaurants in Cuba. Dining in San Cristóbal is a trip to the decade of the 50’s. It was this restaurant where President Obama and his family dined one of the nights during his visit to Cuba.

Day 3 / Tuesday 5: Night-Havana
Fine Art Museum
After walking through the neighborhood in Old Havana, it is the turn to have a close encounter with Cuban art. From the hand of an expert in art we will make a tour of the Cuban collection that brings together artists from the beginning of the 20th century up to the 80’s. Excellent opportunity to understand our culture and influences in art.

(What to photograph? Photos are not allowed in Cuban museums, but then visit is very inspiring.)

Lunch at Art Pub
A nice tavern with excellent sandwiches and cocktails. The owner is an enthusiast of photography and the place is decorated with old cameras and photos.

Photography School PhotoSafari
This will be an unforgettable afternoon. We will visit a private photography school. We will share with the students an afternoon of team photography and some cocktails at the end of the safari. An excellent opportunity to make friends who share our same passion. Walk back to accommodation through Malecón. On our way back to the hotel we will walk through “the largest sofa in Latin America.” The Malecón is a huge wall of 8 km along the entire coastline of the city. The Malecón is one of the most popular sites in the city. People go there to share with friends, to enjoy love, to talk to themselves … anything can be found on the Malecón, one of the most photographed places in Cuba.

(What to photograph? Portraits, landscape, cars, people in their daily environment, musicians practicing, fishermen, boats and boats, architecture.)

Dinner at Ajiaco Café in Cojímar
This will not be just a dinner, this will be an experience with authentic Cuban food.

Day 4 / Wednesday 6: Night-Trinidad

Travel to Trinidad
We will travel back to the 18th century. Trinidad is a town south of the Sancti Spiritus province in the Central zone of the country. The town and El Valle de los Ingenios, where Trinidad is located, have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

(What to photograph? Landscapes, weapons, peasants, food, boats, architecture.)

Lunch at the small village of Jagua
The route to Trinidad goes through Cienfuegos, a beautiful city in the south of Cuba. We will have lunch at the entrance of the bay and then we will sail to the city where our cars will wait for us and we will continue on our way to Trinidad.

Dinner at La Esquina 373 in Trinidad

Day 5 /Thursday 7: Night-Trinidad
Trinidad city tour
This is the perfect opportunity to have an overview of the history and architecture of the city while taking pictures.

(What to photograph? Architecture, people, details, textures, colors, peasants, animals, daily life).

Lunch at accommodation in Trinidad
Afternoon on your own. (a chance to explore and take some great photos and to browse for gifts to take back home!)

Dinner at El Barracón
At night enjoy, on your own, Cuban music in the city´s bars like Casa de La Música or let´s do some night photography.

Day 6 / Friday 8: Night-Trinidad

Horse-car tour around Trinidad Valley
Adventure in carts pulled by horses through the Valley of the Sugar Mills. On the way we will stop at a viewpoint with excellent views of the landscape and where the most daring can make a zipline tour. (What to photograph? Farmers, people working, landscapes, animals, portraits.)

Roast Pig lunch
This will be a typical Cuban meal. The house of Emelina is not a restaurant, it is a family house where we will have the experience of sharing with its people. (What to photograph? People, portraits, food.)

Dinner at El Balcón

Day 7 /Saturday 9: Night-Havana

Travel back to Havana
Pass through Santa Clara – Che Guevara Mausoleum.

Returning to Havana we will take the road to Santa Clara, one of the most important cities of Cuba, famous for the battle that was fought there and where the commander Ernesto Guevara (Che), led the rebel troops in the war against Batista that ended in the triumph of the Cuban Revolution of 1959. We will visit the mausoleum where several personal objects, photographs, documents and the remains of Che and the members of his guerrilla in Bolivia are located.

(What to photograph? Landscapes.)

Lunch at buffet restaurant Para Ti, in Matanzas

Farewell dinner at Atelier
For our final dinner nothing better than one of the most famous restaurants in Havana where almost all the international VIPs who have visited Cuba have dined or held receptions.

Day 8 / Sunday 10: Departure
Depart for the airport.

Included:

  • All transportation in Cuba including airport transfers. Daily transportation in old-fashioned cars.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinners). Lunch and dinners include two drinks. Tips included.
  • Bottled water each day
  • All accommodations
  • Daily English-speaking Cuban photographer/guide. Other English-speaking Cuban guides as required for various tours.
  • Entrance fees for locations included in the tour (other locations to be paid on your own)

Not Included:

  • Air transportation from the United States
  • Cuban entry visa (to be purchased from airlines)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional drinks not included in the tour, souvenirs, incidentals, etc.

 

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