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Eastern Cuba Adventure Travel Photography workshop | Photo Adventure Vacation

Monday April 09- Sunday April 15, 2018 

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Eastern Cuba



Photo Adventure workshop | Photography Adventure Vacation

Eastern Cuba - Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Baracoa

7 days | April 09 - April 15, 2018

Small group | Maximum 3-4 participants

Eastern Cuba Adventure travel Photo workshop

This Photo adventure provides and in-depth exploration of Bayamo, Santiago De Cuba and Baracoa, offering a unique view of a world far away from the capitol Havana. During this Adventure travel Photo workshop 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 tour. Rather than visiting the tourist attractions, we explore small rural villages, plantations and beaches where we will find Cubans working and relaxing. We use the advantage of our small group to stay in places where larger groups would not be able to find enough suitable accommodation, 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. 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. You will further your general 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.

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.


Group Size

3-4 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  | April 09 - April 15, 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



  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Social Documentary, Travel Photography, Street Photography, Landscape Photography, Environmental Portraits, low light photography
  • Professional photographer | host
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (3-4 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 whenever possible.


Travel Information 

Arrival & Departure Airport: Holguin (HOG) 

Our adventure begins at 10 AM on Monday, the first day, and ends after transfer to Holguin of the last Sunday (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.




7-day | Photo Travel Adventure | April 9-15, 2018:  $2,450

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.



  • Monday (1) – Holguin - Bayamo - Santiago De Cuba

Arrival to Holguin, we’ll visit Bayamo, then continue to travel to Santiago de Cuba where we will have our welcome dinner. 

  • Tuesday (2) – Santiago

Exploring Santiago de Cuba

  • Wednesday (3) – Baracoa

We will travel to Baracoa.

  • Thursday (4) – Baracoa, town, beaches and plantations

Exploring Baracoa

  • Friday (5)  – Baracoa & Santiago

After an early morning photo walk in Baracoa and breakfast we head to Santiago de Cuba

  • Saturday (6)  – Bayamo

Saturday we will explore Bayamo where we will also stay for the night. Farewell dinner.

  • Sunday (7)  – Bayamo - Holguin

After an early morning photo walk in Bayamo and breakfast, transfer to Holguin for our return flight.


Advise on which photo gear to bring

Please visit our page Gear Advise



Arrive one week earlier and join our Adventure Photo workshop to Havana, Valle the Vinales and Trinidad, enquire for discount pricing for the option to combine both workshops.


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