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9 Days - CUBA Photo Adventure Workshop

Cuba Adventure Travel Photography workshop | Photo Adventure Vacation

Saturday March 31- Sunday April 08, 2018 

Fidel Lopez Cuba Photography workshop Harald Claessen




Adventure travel photo workshop | Photo Adventure Vacations

Havana - Valle de Viñales - Trinidad

9 days | March 31 - April 08, 2018

Small group | Maximum 7 participants

Cuba Adventure travel Photo workshop

Cuba, a magical tropical paradise island with a storied past where time ceased to exist. During this 9-days Adventure Travel Photo workshop we will explore Havana, the tobacco plantations of Valle de Viñales and the colonial, perfectly preserved Spanish settlement of Trinidad.

We travel in a small group which enables us to have a close cultural exchange, an immersion into the Cuban culture which offers a photographic experience distinctively different from the typical organised tourist trip. This Photo adventure provides and in-depth exploration of the backstreets of Havana and exotic locale, offering a unique view of a world few visitors have been able to see.

This workshop will be presented with an exciting mix of activities, a rich schedule of group shooting opportunities, as well as time for the photographers to make their own personal explorations.

This photo adventure workshop is designed for a small group and are open to amateur and professional photographers. Companions, spouses and non-photographers are also welcome. 

Our aim is for you to complete an authentic photo essay of the amazingly human, vibrant, and passionate Cuban culture. 

To achieve this, we will explain how to photograph with natural light and in low light situations, portrait photography and how to become comfortable photographing strangers no matter where you will go.

Through our photo selection process, you will discover your own distinctive visual voice for telling your story through your own images.

Our adventure travel photo workshops are designed for those photographers, from every level, who, with an independent and inquisitive mind, are seeking a more immersive learning experience while enjoying exploring what’s hidden around the next corner. While this travel is not physically demanding, the participants should be in good health and ready to walk and explore.

You will further your photographic skills and expression, while at the same time making a once in a lifetime journey and engaging with the daily lives of the Cuban people.

We will have individual and group discussions and we will select images which you will be proud off, your own photographic essay in your own unique visual voice, while you will improve your photographic skills in general.




Group Size

7 Guests / Participants


Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and pro-photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras. Visit the What Gear to bring page.

Moderate schedule

Travel by car or minibus

Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Host

Harald Claessen  | March 31 - April 08, 2018

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


Weather | Sun

April - Temps Min. 19C/66F, Max. 30C/86F, Average 25C/76F | Sunrise 07:18 | Sunset 19:46 | Daylight 12:27

Full moon: March 31, 2018



  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Social Documentary, Travel Photography, Street Photography, Landscape Photography, Portraits, low light photography
  • Professional photographer | host
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (7 participants/guests)
  • Accommodations in Casa particulars (Cuban family houses), Single occupancy
  • Local transportation, Taxi, Car, Minibus
  • Ebook "For the Right Reasons"  - Becoming comfortable photographing strangers



Accommodations in Casa particulars (Cuban family guest houses), Single occupancy.


Travel Information 

Arrival & Departure Airport: José Martí International Airport (HAV) - Transfer time to accommodation 30-40 min.

Our adventure begins at 10 AM on Saturday, the first day, and ends at 13 PM of the last Sunday, which is 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

Check out the “Support the Cuban People” general travel license category, available for independent travellers. It’s paperless – all you have to do is print off an affidavit indicating you’re traveling to Cuba under that category, support private paladar (restaurants), private entrepreneurs, and participate in a full-time (~6 hrs/day on weekdays) itinerary of meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba. You can book direct flights between the US & Cuba and tourist visas are normally sold by the airline at check-in.




9-day | Photo Travel Adventure | March 31-April 8, 2018:  $2,950

10% additional discount for returning Workshop photographers. 

Deposit:  $1,000

To book your space, please send us an e-mail HERE to receive registration details.



  • Saturday (1) – HAVANA

Arrival in Havana. Check-in at Casa particular, explore Havana's exotic neighbourhoods. Welcome dinner.

  • Sunday (2) – HAVANA

Explore Havana. In the afternoon we will travel to Valle de Viñales, evening photo shoot.

  • Monday (3) – VALLE DE VINALES

Explore Valle de Viñales during the early morning, return to Havana in the afternoon. On the way back we will be visiting Playa Del Este.

  • Tuesday (4) – HAVANA and REGLA

Explore the neighbourhoods of Havana and Regla

  • Wednesday (5)  – TRINIDAD

Rise early for our trip to Trinidad. Then spend the day exploring the quiet town of Trinidad.

  • Thursday (6)  – TRINIDAD AND LA BOCA

A second day in Trinidad and La Boca.

  • Friday (7)  – TRINIDAD & HAVANA

After a morning photo walk and breakfast in Trinidad, we return to explore Havana.

  • Saturday (8)  – HAVANA

Explore Havana, farewell dinner

  • Sunday (9) - Breakfast and departure


Advise on which photo gear to bring

Please visit our page Gear Advise. This page will be regularly updated.




Extend your travel to visit Santiago de Cuba (additional workshop to Santiago being announced soon), enquire for this option.



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