Cuba is a unique place, and I love its rich photographic environment. The island is amazing, full of generous, friendly people; great food and drinks; Old Havana’s beautiful architecture; Viñales’ limestone cliffs; tobacco farms and horse-drawn carts; old cars; and the music and dancing. Yes, Cuba is a vibrant, special place to be, especially for the photographer.
These all-inclusive workshops will be special. We will ride in vintage cars through Old Havana, and we’ll see how cigars are made, but we’ll also meet with Cuban artists — including a dinner with local photographers. We’ll stay in a gorgeous private residence in Old Havana, as well as a hotel with spectacular dawn and sunset views in the limestone-rich agricultural valley of Viñales. We’ll photograph salsa dancing and have a lesson ourselves. This trip is not just a photo workshop; it will also be a cultural exchange, and you’re going to be amazed at how special the experience truly is.
Each day includes instructor Q&A time. We’ll do our best to have daily image review sessions, but that will depend upon the schedule and our location.
Day 1: Thursday, April 20 — Arrive Havana
Meet your guide to discuss Cuban tourism as private enterprise
Dinner at rooftop paladar.
Day 2: April 20 — Havana
Talk with our guide about Havana’s past, present and future
Walking and conversation tour in Old Havana, including farmers market, church, and artist studios
Dinner & drinks at rooftop bar
Day 3: April 22 — Havana
Sunrise around the old church plaza
Walking around Old Havana
NostalgiCar Mechanic Shop
Classic car tour at sunset/blue hour at the Jesus statue on the hill
Meeting/dinner with a group of Cuban photographers for talk and sharing
Day 4:April 23 — Viñales (Hotel Jazmines)
Walk through the valley
Lunch at Organic Farm
Hotel Jazmines for sunset
Day 5: April 24 — Viñales (Hotel Jazmines)
Tobacco Farm and Dry House to visit with Cuban tobacco farmers
Sunset at Hotel Jazmin or at organic farm with dinner
Day 6: April 25 — Return to Havana
Lunch at Coffee Plantation Buena Vista
Salsa dance class with Cuban instructor
Music night; choice between Buena Vista Social Club or Jazz Club
Day 7: April 26— Depart Havana
Participants who reserved their position with a deposit instead of the full fee will receive an invoice for the balance remaining no later than four months (120 days) prior to the workshop. The balance must be paid in full 90 days prior to the workshop to hold your place.
All workshop payments are fully refundable less a 10% fee up to 90 days prior to the first day of the workshop. If you cancel anywhere from 89 to 60 days prior to the workshop, we will make every effort to find a replacement. If we can fill your spot, 90% of your workshop fee will be refunded; if we cannot find a replacement, we will refund 50% of your workshop fee. Any cancellation within 60 days is non-refundable.