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December 02 - 09, 2018

February TBA, 2019

Explore the untouched eastern shores of Cuba.

The eastern half of Cuba, know as The Oriente, is often considered Cuba’s most interesting region because of its physical beauty, its cultural diversity, and its historical significance. Surprisingly, it is also the least traveled region of the country by visitors. With its Afro-Cuban origins and its history as the cradle of Cuba’s numerous revolutionary movements, The Oriente offers photographers endless opportunities to discover and experience the unexplored Cuba with their cameras. For a complete understanding of the life in Cuba, a visit to The Oriente is essential. 

Our 8-day cultural exchange will start exploring urban life in Cuba's second largest city, Santiago de Cuba, the island's cultural Capital, where we will explore it's famous music scene, the markets, the beautiful public squares and the churches where Jose Marti and Fidel are buried. We will stay in a charming home (casa particular) in the historic centre of this dynamic town. Each air-conditioned single room has shower and hot water. 

From Santiago the Cuba we will travel over a spectacular road, La Farola (the lighthouse road) through the Sierra del Puril to the magical small town of remote Baracoa. When Columbus first came to Baracoa in 1492, he described it as the most beautiful land he had ever set eyes upon. It also became the first Capital of Cuba from 1511-1515, but it was only possible to reach it via the sea until La Farola road was build in 1964. In Baracoa we will explore small-town life, plantations, beaches and make river walks. Baracoa also has some of the best food to be found in Cuba, a full-on sensory experience. 

As we travel through The Oriente, the countryside and frequent stops allow us to meet and photograph the local campesinos y pescadores (farmers and fishermen) far away from busy Havana. 

We’re passionate about teaching the different aspects of photography. A good amount of time will be spent on reviewing your work during the travel with a detailed feedback and assistance from our side. Our aim is to help you to become comfortable photographing strangers in unfamiliar environment, recognise favourable photography situations, judge the quality of natural light and adjust to low light situations. The Ebook will be provided to you to help with your learning and we’ll make sure you return home with a beautiful photo essay.

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8 days  | Photo Travel Adventure | Full Package price USD 3250,-

10% discount when combined with other December 2018 Cuba workshops - Full package price USD 2925,- for each workshop.

10% Discount for returning Workshop photographers.

Deposit:  USD 1000,-





All Cuba workshops in December 2018:

8 days | Cuba | Eastern Cuba, Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa | Dec. 02-09 | $3250

8 days | Cuba | Havana & Valle de Viñales & Rincon | Dec. 11-18 | $3250

8 days | Cuba | Havana - Santa Clara - Las Parrandas de Remedios - Trinidad | Dec. 22 - 29

Group Size


December 02 - 09, 2018 Ultra-Small group size - Maximum 3 participants

February 01 - 08, 2019 Small group size - Maximum 6 participants

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Experience | Difficulty

Open to all levels (non-photographers and adventure seekers also welcome)

Moderate schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking


Photographer | Host

Harald Claessen  

Born in the Netherlands, Harald is a Social Documentary and Portrait Photographer who has been exploring Cuba since 2008.



  • All Accommodations in beautiful Casa particulars (Cuban family houses), Single occupancy, with Air-conditioning and hot water

  • All breakfasts

  • All local transportation, our own car, Taxi, Car, Minibus, Vintage American cars

  • 2 dinners - Welcome and Farewell dinner

  • Professional photographer | host | tuition

  • People-to-People

  • Small group size

  • Ebook "For the Right Reasons" - Becoming comfortable photographing strangers

  • Social Documentary, Travel Photography, Street Photography, Landscape Photography, Environmental Portraits, low light photography


Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Santiago De Cuba (SCU) 

Our adventure begins at 8 AM during breakfast on the first day during breakfast and ends at 12 PM on the last day (Departure day)

International travellers who require a Cuban visa can get their visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in their respective countries.

US Travellers:

Creative Adventure Photography provides 100% legal Cuba trip under US Treasury Department’s OFAC People-to-People Travel Program. This allows individuals to travel to Cuba for educational and cultural purposes.

True to the requirements of a people-to-people General License with U.S. Treasury Department, our tours focus on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras.


Extend your travel and join other December PhotoAdventure workshops in Cuba.

Custom options are available on request. Mail us with your questions.