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First Class Cuba Photo Tour

PRICE :   4,995 US$2019-11-10

A 100% US LEGAL PEOPLE TO PEOPLE TRIP under the general license category from the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

An exclusive Photo Tour to Cuba, visiting Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, with bilingual (English/Spanish) world-class photographer Harry Fisch with 15 years experience in Cuba.

Whatever your country of origin is you can now  join our very special Cuba Photo Tour.

You can have a glance at this experience visiting my post Incredible Cuba Photo Tour and get an idea about what is a typical day like.

Several photo sessions -with more than 16 people posing for us!- and photographic encounters have carefully been planed and  created but, finally, It’s up to the photographer what they want the experience to be. We will have access to A Vodoo session (Santeria).  Cuba National ballet dancers while training and  shoe makers working and a few surprises along the way.

VIDEO CUBA PHOTO TOUR

HIGHLIGHTS

  • -  Exceptionally small group
  • -  Bilingual internationally awarded photographer with 15 years experience in Cuba
  • -  First Class Hotel (Havana)
  • -  Photo sessions with more than 16 people posing in exceptional locations
  • -  Real Voodoo (Santeria) session
  • -  Staged shots with ballerinas in incredible scenarios
  • -  Cuban cowboys
  • -  A plethora of extraordinay characters
  • - A real photographic  tour with a workshop approach
  • -  Compelling photographic and educational visits to dance and artist's studios, local produce markets, boxing arenas, agricultural and livestock farms, and music venues
  • -  We will work on storytelling with our photographs, starring the characters of Havana. Musicians, painters, dancers, santeras all await our lenses, set against the backdrop of the passionate atmosphere of the Cuban world.
  • - Characters: The special people and characters of Havana. Musicians, painters, dancers, santeras. All the passion and atmosphere of the Cuban world.
  • - Architecture: Former colonial architecture and Art Deco. The suspended time through architecture.
  • - Locations: Alleys and streets, the extraordinary cemetery of Havana. The outskirts.
  • - Landscapes: Cityscapes The Malecon, Havana Vieja.  Viñales, a World Heritage Site with its karst mountains. Sugar cane fields.
  • - Experiences: Some transfers in  the classic American car from the 50s. We will be shooting a Santeria private photo session, ballerinas in a palace  and many more photographic activities.
  • -  The special people of Cuba and Havana, photographed at the winding alleys, the neo-gothic churches, 20’s style theaters.  Cienfuegos and Viñales.  We will find a veritable cornucopia of stages for our photography here. Everything from former colonial style buildings to the Art Deco movement, which is represented throughout the island.
  • - Photograph people in amazing landscapes: We will capture the cityscape of Havana from above and afar, shooting from El Malecon and Habana Vieja. The beauty of Viñales landscape.
  • - Have exciting experiences: We’ll take a ride in a few classic American cars from the 50s, meet and greet with owners of a few budding businesses, and have an exclusive photo shoot in a boxing club in old Havana.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

This is a 100% legal tour for US citizens. Certain categories of travel to Cuba are permitted, such as educational and people-to-people trips to the island.

Travel Services for this People to People trip provided by a US Licensed Travel Agent under special from  the US Treasury Department , licensed  under the guidelines outlined by the United States Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

 

What To Expect in this photo tour

I will offer  you  many photographic opportunities related to people and cultural diversity: unique locations, spontaneous street photography, planed  private photo sessions in very special surroundings.

The Cuba  Photo Tour can be, depending on what you make of it, an intense photo tour or a light workshop.

It's one to one instruction, where I personally address all questions and concerns. We will also conduct  two to three photo reviews along the trip .

Being a professional travel photographer, totally fluent in Spanish and having visited Cuba for the last 8 years I lead small groups, 10 people max (exceptionally 11).

We will rarely be taking pictures as a whole as, in people photography, it is preferable to have a maximum of two photographers working together with their subjects.  It's a one to one instruction, where I personally address all questions and concerns of the photographer and concentrate on supporting the photographic opportunities we have found and planed for you and also discover together.

We are mainly oriented toward people photography and buildings: short lenses, close distance, atmospheric places. Dancers, shoemakers, barbers, old art nouveau buildings, decadent structures.  We will have access to spontaneous street photography, portraits, Vodoo session (Santeria).  Also, private photo sessions with dancers while training and  shoe makers working and a few surprises along the way.

 

A Real-Life Cuba Photo Tour and a photographic adventure.

 

This photo tour  is geared above all towards personal skill development, but also personal interest. Ultimately, it’s about our experience with Cuban people, so we try to also keep it flexible.

The photo tour will alternate between active photo sessions on the streets and central neighborhoods of the city. We will be sharing moments of real life with the city and subjects, seeking opportunities in the most interesting spots and encounters in Havana; from the budding business of markets, barbershops to working with professional models who will pose for us.   We will have free, daily personal photographic contact with the denizens of a vibrant city that offers continuous photographic opportunities.  Getting around the music filled streets in classic cars, browsing the Art deco buildings of the harbor area, and capturing the city waking up each morning are among the fantastic photo opportunities we’ll have, and this is just the beginning.

This is not a tourist visit.  We will enjoy the city, and see some sights, of course, but it isn’t a tour with camera included: we’ll be there to photograph first.

It is an opportunity to really meet and connect with the Cuban people, and experience the quickly-shifting cultural landscape they live in. Cuba is one of the spots on the map that is alive; ever changing, ever evolving, but ever beautiful. So come along with Nomad and capture this face, this angle of this enchanting country before it sweeps into its next era.

Harry is an international award winning, bilingual Spanish-English photographer, and a seasoned traveler of Cuba who knows all the out of the way spots where followers of Santeria (a variation  of Voodoo) practice, Cuba’s best boxers take to the canvas, and where to hang out with Havana’s rising small-business entrepreneurs.  This is a once in a lifetime chance to see the real Cuba and it’s day to day life, beyond the razzle dazzle put out for tourists.

Harry,  will also advise you on how to approach the subjects, the preparation, the photographic vision, analysis of the situation.  He has traveled enough in Cuba to know the best way to approach people on their own cultural ground, which is invaluable to any traveling photographer.

 

- We will have the chance to photograph spontaneous and also formal portraits with proper preparation in photo sessions.

- We’ll have time to work on capturing the atmosphere, because let’s face it, it’s all about atmosphere. Even the most perfectly crafted shot means nothing if it doesn’t evoke feeling, transmit the ambiance, or carry the magic of the moment.

- We will enjoy the city, and see the main sights, of course, but this isn’t  just a tour with camera included: we’ll be there to photograph first,  sightsee second

- Harry will be with you interacting with locals, and guiding you through the whole process.

- Every day will have its own special photographic itinerary to take the best advantage of the plethora of photographic opportunities and adventures that await. New options will be presented to us every day.

All payment, travel arrangements and services will be made to and  by the licensed travel agent.

My recent trip to Cuba was with Harry Fisch a Spanish photographer. I picked his tour on a whim even though I don't do people or street photography. My only reason was to go to Cuba. Not knowing much about him or his photography was a blessing in disguise as there would be no disappointment without much expectation.It was a wonderful trip seeing Cuba through his eyes who has been there many times. My initiation into street photography began under Harry's expert guidance. I have had the privilege of being on many photo tours with some exceptionally talented photographers. Harry also belongs there in this genre of photography. His patience,interest and knowledge helped me develop respect and fascination for this genre. I would recommend his tour highly if one wants to go to Cuba and do people photography.

Amy Hill and Chris Riess (www.riesshill.com Santa Monica, California)



ITINERARY

Several photo sessions -with more than 16 people posing for us- and photographic encounters have carefully been planed and  created: from a Vodoo session (santeria) to a private photo session with professional ballet dancers while training,  shoe makers working at their place while you shoot inide and a few surprises along the way.

Active private photo sessions, spontaneous and also formal portraits with proper on the streets and free, daily personal photographic contact with the denizens of a vibrant country that offers continuous photographic opportunities.

We will do our best to have a maximum of two photographers working together with their subjects.

Compelling photographic and educational visits to dance and artist's studios, local produce markets, dancers. shoemakers, agricultural and livestock farms, and music venues, to name a few of our well-planned locations will alternate between cultural exchanges. Getting around the music filled streets in classic cars, browsing the Art deco buildings of the harbor area, and capturing the city waking up each morning.

DAY 1 – HAVANNA.-

Hola, bienvenido a Cuba! We will arrive in the morning.

After clearing immigration and customs we will meet our guide and driver. Meeting with our photographic leader Harry Fisch who will explain the program for our trip. We will visit Finca Vigia, the site where Ernest Hemingway lived while in Cuba. Welcome lunch will be served at Restaurant El Divino.

After lunch, check in at Hotel.

Dinner will be served at 7PM at Paladar Doña Carmela. We need to move quickly because the cannon blast ceremony is scheduled for 9PM. After the ceremony we will attend a presentation by Felipe Ventura about the Colonial history related to pirates and buccaneers. We will have opportunities to take some pictures and to have informal chats with those young men who run the ceremony while serving their military duties.


DAY 2 – HAVANNA.-

After breakfast at the hotel we will meet self employed taxi drivers who run their businesses in old cars such as Chevy, Chrysler, Oldsmobile, all of them built in U.S. before the 1959 Cuban Revolution.They will explain us the dual currency system in Cuba as well as the opportunities they have with the changes to the self-employment regulations by the Cuban government.

Photographic session with the drivers and the cars at different strategic locations of Havana (Facing Capitolio, Next to locomotive repair station, from the car wondering around the Malecon). Street photography in a very special location with the cars.

Bak to the center of the city to continue with our photography at strategic places. We will visit a private home.

We will meet a Santería expert who will provide an overview of Santeria and other Cuban religions with African routes. We will visit the home of a Babalao, (Yoruba Priestess) who will receive the group and explain the religious deities and elaborate alters in her home. We will witness the entire ceremony photographically.

Photo walk Cuba’s famed seawall, the Malecón, to capture a beautiful sunset while we create photo opportunities with locals in a very Cuban atmosphere

Before return to the hotel we can stop by Nacional Hotel to enjoy the sea breeze in the patio. Return to the hotel for rest and leisure.

Dinner at a very interesting restaurant


DAY 3 - HAVANNA.-

Walk through Old Havana in a guided tour for appreciation of the colonial buildings and techniques to take the best pictures in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Central Park, Obispo Street, Cathedral Square, the Old and Saint Francis Abbey and a book market are among the spots we will visit. After a short walk through cobblestone streets in Old Havana.

Visit and photograph a group of shoemakers in Old Havana. Good friends of Harry Fisch’s, the activity allows for an interesting photographic session as well as an opportunity to have a candid discussion where we can exchange ideas and thoughts. This kind of activity has been only recently authorized by the Cuban government. It gives us the opportunity to see an real life example of Cuba’s budding private sector under Raul Castro.

Lunch.

Afternoon photo shoot with professional models and/or ballet dancers at a special location, We will have a unique scenario for a great photography.

Dinner on your own.

DAY 4 – VIÑALES.-

Check out at 9AM. Depart to the Viñales valley . Vinales landscape is interspersed with dramatic rocky outcrops. Check in at casas particulares (private homes).

Lunch at "Balcon del Valle" (Valley Balcony).

After a brief rest with our guest at homes we will conduct a photographic session with farmers as well as their families at different scenarios at a tobacco plantation. They will explain us how they preserve their rich tradition in agriculture to grow and prepare the leaves for the famous Cuban cigars.

This night we will have the dinner at home family style.


DAY 5 – VIÑALES.-

This morning we will visit the prehistoric mural painting of the Valley. Visit the archeological museum and visit a farmer home to get to know the life in the countryside of Cuba. Some donations will be given to them.

We will conduct a series of photo sessions with the families at interesting surroundings.

Photo review and conducted street photography and technicalities in Viñales

After lunch we will go inside the countryside visiting small towns around Viñales.

Dinner.


DAY 6 – CIENFUEGOS ON OUR WAY TO TRINIDAD

We have a long bus journey to Cienfuegos. The breakfast will be early as we need to depart to Cienfuegos to explore its colonial architecture. Arriving in Cienfuegos we will go straight to the restaurant for a delicious lunch . After a brief rest we will head our steps to the colonial park in the city surrounded by the cathedral, the city hall and Tomas Terry theater.

Continue our trip to Trinidad, one of the 7 first villages of Cuba. It was founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514. Together with the nearby Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill Valley), it has been one of UNESCO´s World Heritage sites since 1988. For this tour we have handpicked several "casas particulares" -private homes in the center of the Village- where we will be lodged. Dinner will be served at paladar-museum "1514" accompanied by local musicians and dancers.

We will visit the place and photographically witness a life performance of local musicians. The main spots in Trinidad are less than 2 blocks distance from our homes.

DAY 7,8 – TRINIDAD.-
Early morning photo shoot to catch the beautiful sunrise of Trinidad, walk around the colonial houses and capture the local atmosphere, return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast we will meet the Historian of the Village who will offer a lecture about the Colonial Heritage in the region. We will be able to chat with other artists who will explain their motivation to create art in this ancient village of Cuba. We will visit the gallery of Danilo Moreno and Yudith Vidal to discover the sculptures and the ingenuity of their creations with disposable materials.

Lunch

In the afternoon we will reach a couple of very interesting spots in the city with incredible views over the mountains. We will visit "El Valle de los Ingenios" -Sugar Mills Valley. They represent the importance of sugar to the Cuban economy over the centuries.

Return home for a brief rest and to have one of the best sunset from the balcony of one of our homes.

We should find a place for photo sunset with colonial atmosphere.

At night we will get together in one of our homes for a pizza time (or visit "La Botija" restaurant). After dinner we can burn calories dancing at "Casa de la Musica" in the center of the Village.


Day 9 - CIENFUEGOS .-

This last morning we will head back to Cienfuegos were we will have our photographic session with professinal dancers at a very special location.

Lunch at a local paladar in Cienfuegos and departure to the airport for our flight back to Miami.



Prices per person
10 Participants 4995 US$


Supplements
Single Room Supplement 730 US$


WHAT'S INCLUDED

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy . Prices may vary in the event of variations in exchange rates or price rises made by suppliers. A limited quantity of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge.

 

The maximum number of participants are listed under "Maximum Group" in the Price section of each individual workshop. However, we reserve the right to add by up to one, the maximum number of participants per workshop at any time.

 

INCLUDED

 

-Harry Fisch Bilingual Photographer and Tuition

-Cuban bilingual experienced guide

-Breakfast, lunch and  dinner Trinidad, elsewhere breakfast

-9 days total 8 nights

-Private, set Photo Sessions

-First-class accommodations in hotel in Havana

-Accommodation in  private homes in Viñales and Trinidad. (Clean, Nice Rooms, Private bathroom, Air Conditioned, Hot Water)

-All local ground transportation

-Speaker fees

-Admission to all vistis and public buildings listed in itinerary

-Coordination of all listed activities

-Pre-trip departure information

-Health Insurance while in Cuba

-Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations

-A journal-guide for recordkeeping the trip

-Full schedule of guided people-to-people activities

 

NOT  INCLUDED

 

-Flight from USA to Cuba

-Airline baggage fees

-Tips for local guides and drivers

-Meals other than listed on itinerary

-Individual house/hotel expenses (minibar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)

-Cuban Airport Departure tax(25CUC)

-Cuban Visa Fee 85 US$

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and for 9-10 travelers unless expressly listed . A limited quantity of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge.

 

DEPOSIT

 

A deposit of $700 per person is required to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour. Deposits are generally non-refundable, except in rare cases when we cannot confirm all components of a booking at the purchase price.

 

FINAL PAYMENT:  

 

Any pending balance must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to departure.

 

IMPORTANT:

 

The information provided herein is a brief summary, but not a comprehensive description of payment policy  by our  partner  People to People Licensed Travel Agency.

It is very important that all travelers understand the cancellation policy. If it is not clear, please contact us for clarification and a complete description.

 

All itineraries provide a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interactions between you and individuals in Cuba. U.S. law requires that all persons who participate in this program adhere to this full time schedule, and imposes on The Travel Agent  the obligation to ensure such adherence.



 

On the Cuba People to People Photo Tour, all payments are made directly to the licensed travel agent. All travel arrangements and services for the Cuba People to People trip are provided by a licensed Agent under the guidelines outlined by the United States Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

A deposit of $700 per person is required to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour. Deposits are generally non-refundable, except in rare cases when we cannot confirm all components of a booking at the purchase price.

Wire transfers, Visa and / or Master Card, direct deposits, checks and cash are accepted.
The name/s of the person/s who is/are travelling is/are required to appear in all transactions/communications.

FINAL PAYMENT

Any pending balance must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to departure.