A 6 days intensive discovery of the people of Havana and the countryside, Viñales. With an optional 4 days extension to Trinidad and Cienfuegos. We will have daily personal contact with the denizens of a vibrant island that offers continuous photographic opportunities. A one to one immersion with organised encounters with artists, business men, "real" people as well as private and staged photo sessions and spontaneous work with Harry Fisch. Ultimately, it’s about our experience with Cuban people. Interesting people, Hidden locations, hard to find and reach photographic opportunities .
For photographers of all levels. The special atmosphere of Cuba in an unique and unforgettable experience
Whatever your country of origin is you can now join this very special Havana Photo Tour.
Visit the Post INCREDIBLE CUBA and get an idea on how is a typical day like.
We will be sharing and exchanging moments of real life with the people, seeking opportunities in the most interesting spots and encounters in Havana; from the budding business of markets, barbershops to working with 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: it's about our interaction with the locals.
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.
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 in close contact and personal exchange with people, Vodoo session (Santeria). Also, private photo sessions with dancers while training and shoe makers working and a few surprises along the way.
Also, several photo sessions 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.
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. It's one to one instruction, where I personally address all questions and concerns.
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 people interacting with their subjects. 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.
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.
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.
What To Expect
- You will be interacting with locals, and guided through the whole process.
- We will also 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
- Every day will have its own special itinerary to make sure that we comply with the meaningful interaction as well as taking the best advantage of the plethora of photographic opportunities and adventures that await.
This is a 100% legal People to People tour for US citizens. Certain categories of travel to Cuba are permitted, such as educational and people-to-people trips to the island. 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 keep the records of such adherence. All travel arrangements and travel services are provided by a US licensed travel agent . Your payments are made to the US licensed travel agent under the guidelines outlined by the United States Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This itinerary describes the typical activities that are organized in this program. This itinerary is subject to changes that will always be under the People to People requirements, meet the same level of quality and service and provide unique and exciting photographic opportunities. You should receive the final itinerary, together with a detailed documentation once your booking done.
Several photo sessions, personal 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.
Personal interchange and 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 Harry Fisch who will give a briefing of the program and opportunities for the trip. The day will be dedicated to a general photographic exploration of the different areas of the city.
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. Street photography in a very unique and authentic area.
Back to the center of the city to continue with our photography at strategic places. We will visit a private home.
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
We will meet a "Santería" (Cuban-African Religion linked to Voodoo) 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. Late afternoon we will be assiting to a real "Santería" ceremony in a private home.
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.
Documenting photographically boxers while traininig in a very authentic the boxing gym while we discuss with them about the differences between sports in Cuba and the rest of the world.
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.
Afternoon photo shoot with professional models and/or ballet dancers at a special location, We will have a unique scenario for a great photography.
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.
DAY 6 – HAVANA.-
Early morning departure for Havana.
If our flight schedule allows, in the morning we will be documenting San Lazaro Street and a very old building with very interesting homes.
Departure to the airport for our flight back to US.
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy . 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.
-Harry Fisch Bilingual Photographer and Tuition
-Cuban bilingual experienced guide
-All meals in Trinidad , breakfasts only in Havana, Cienfuegos
-6 days total 5 nights
-Private, set Photo Sessions
-Accommodations in Casas Particulares (Private Homes). (Clean, Nice Rooms, Private bathroom, Air Conditioned, Hot Water)
-All local ground transportation
-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
-Flight from USA to Cuba and back
-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 Visa Fee 85 US$
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. A limited quantity of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge.
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.
Any pending balance must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to departure.
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.
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.