Our 14-day Cuba Road Trip is the result of exploring all corners of this magical island, each with its own unique charm, since 2007.
Having our own car, this will be a journey on the road less travelled, which gives us plenty of unique and genuine photo opportunities. Once we travel further east from Trinidad, you will visit a Cuba few other photographers have seen.
The itinerary will start in the bustling capital Havana, from here we have a short visit to the perfectly preserved Spanish settlement of Trinidad. Trinidad is a town in central Cuba, known for its colonial old town and cobblestone streets. Its neo-baroque main square, Plaza Mayor, is surrounded by grand colonial buildings.
From Trinidad we will travel to Camaguey, the third largest city in Cuba, know for its labyrinths-style street layout. Here we can photograph the rehearsals for their famous Ballet.
Onwards through historical and charming Bayamo, we will reach Santiago the Cuba, the cultural capital of Cuba which has a huge significance with its Afro-Cuban origins and its history as the cradle of Cuba’s numerous revolutionary movements. Santiago is a place filled with unexplored photo opportunities. We will stay several days in Santiago, a place to re-energise and also to use as a base for day trips to the surrounding areas.
On our way back to Havana, we will stay overnight in Santa Clara, Cuba's 5th largest city which is located in the most central region of the country. The next morning we will visit the Che Guevara Mausoleum before heading to Playa del Este, the beach of Havana.
After a night rest in Havana, we will continue our travel to Vale de Vinales, home of the best tobacco plantations in the world, known for its famous cigars, honey and coffee. Here we will stay several days to walk the tobacco plantations and to visit our welcoming farmer friend and his family, before returning back to Havana.
14 days - NOV 24 (Sun), DEC 07 (Sat), 2019
14 days - MAR 22 (Sun), APR 04 (Sat), 2020
14 days - NOV 22 (Sun), DEC 05 (Sat), 2020
Small group size, 4 persons (inclusive of driver) per car. Maximum 6-7 participants.
Experience | Difficulty
Open to all levels
Non-photographers and adventure seekers are welcome
Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking, bring comfortable shoes.
We’re passionate about teaching the different aspects of photography. A good amount of time will be spend on:
Giving you detailed feedback and assistance/suggestions from our side
Help you to become comfortable photographing strangers in unfamiliar environment with Respect and Dignity towards your subjects. Even if you don't speak the language, Empathy has no language. In return this will make you feel relaxed and confident, which is important for making environmental portraits or street photography.
Recognise favourable photography situations. Not everything is interesting to photograph. We will make your internal sirens go off meaning "We've got a situation!" when photographical interesting elements which are resonating with you are aligning. Find 2-3 a day and you had an amazing day. We speak about what such "situations" are and what to do when you find them.
Judge the quality of natural light and find the good light at any time of the day. Not only in the early morning or afternoon/evening.
How to adjust correctly to low light situations. Do not blindly crank up your ISO setting and continue like it was day.
We want you to return home with a personally meaningful photo essay.
Lecturer | Host
Born in the Netherlands - Flying Dutchman (a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever). Harald is a Social Documentary and Portrait Photographer who has been exploring all corners of Cuba for the since 2007.
What is Included?
Professional Photographer | Host | Tuition
Small Group Size
Portrait Photography, Social Documentary
What is Not Included?
All Visa Fees
Affordable Lunches and Dinners
Arrival & Departure Airport: Havana (HAV). Our adventure begins in the afternoon on the first day and ends at Noon 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.
Our Photo workshop itinerary is continuously updated to reflect any changes and will remain in full compliance with the regulations of the US DEPARTMENT OF STATE. Our travel falls into one of 12 categories of authorised travel. Our category is: (8) Support for the Cuban people (see §515.574). e-CFR data is current as of June 21, 2019.
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning which workshop you would like to join.
What to expect?
Some images from our previous Cuba Creative Adventure Photo Workshops.