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11 - 18 December, 2018

This 8 day Photo adventure provides and in-depth exploration of the backstreets of Havana and it's exotic neighbourhoods and beaches. We will visit the San Lazaro pilgrimage in Rincon and travel to Valle de Viñales before returning to Havana.

Our 8 day photo adventure workshop provides and in-depth exploration of the backstreets of it's exotic neighbourhoods including Havana Centro, Old Havana and Vedado.

We will visit a famous boxing gym, the oceanside promenade Malecón, and the Prado. During day trips we will visit the communities of Regla and the fishing village Cojimar where Ernest Hemingway found the inspiration to write "The Old Man and the Sea". We will also visit a beach town close to Havana, Playa del Este.

We will then stay in Valle de Viñales, a picturesque tobacco growing region where we visit farmer families before returning to Havana.

El Día de San Lazaro

On December 17, one of the largest celebrations of religious faith in Cuba is the pilgrimage to the shrine of San Lazaro.  Located just outside of Havana in the town of Rincon thousands of people who come to make good on some promise they’ve made and to worship San Lazaro.

Both the home stay in a beautiful Cuban casa particular with gorgeous architecture, and all aspects of the daily itinerary are designed to offer photographers access to the vibrant and authentic daily life of the amazing Cuban people. 

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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Havana | Valle de Viñales | San Lazaro pilgrimage in Rincon

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:

11 days | Cuba | Roundtrip | November 30 - December 10. 02-09 | $3450

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 | $ 3250


Group Size

Small group size - Maximum 3 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: Havana (HAV) 

Our adventure begins at 8 AM during breakfast on the first day 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 Adventure Photo workshops in Cuba.

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