Cuba – Havana/Viñales/Trinidad

Cuba – Havana/Viñales/Trinidad – Experience Cuba! –

January 19-27, 2019  

Join Road Runner Photography Tours and Cuba Photo Travel for a once in a lifetime adventure. We will spend 8 days in this culturally-rich country. Experience Cuba with local journalists who know the all the prime locations, as well as back roads and hidden gems. Our experience is truly unique. Our local guides will help you get just the images you are looking for. More than once they spoke with locals to ensure that we could capture their images. To top it off not once were we solicited for money for images. These guys made our experience so incredibly easy. The Cuban people were welcoming and more than happy to share their stories. It was truly an amazing experience.

Known for its eclectic collection of vintage car and majestic waterfront, the Malecon, Havana delights any photographer’s senses! From historical locations to neighborhoods and parks, we will cover it all. If you are into street photography, Cuba is heaven. We will also visit Viñales, which is located in Central Cuba and is known for its tobacco farms. We will meet with a local farm and learn about tobacco cultivation and have the opportunity to experience the goods! We will also travel along the southern coast of Cuba to the beautiful village of Trinidad. Founded in 1514, Trinidad is rich in history and old world charm. Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage sight since 1988.

For a full itinerary, see below.

You will enjoy:

  • American/Cuban tour facilitator, fully compliant with U.S. regulations with tons of local knowledge.
  • Local photographers with experience with capturing images is this unique location.
  • Accommodations in private residences with reliable services. Our accommodations were amazing! Air conditioned, clean, safe, quite and private. We were the only people there!  
  • Vans driven by local drivers with knowledge of the best locations. Our driver dropped us off at key locations and after we were done exploring picked us up wherever we ended up.
  • Expert instruction, geared to your level of expertise for an enhanced learning experience. You will get as much assistance as you desire.
  • Full days in the field shooting, with instruction provided as needed to elevate your photography. Each day consisted of breakfast, followed by a morning location, then lunch, then an afternoon location, sunset and then dinner. There will be ample opportunity for rest breaks as well.
  • Tour designed to create a fun and interactive environment that enhances your individual experience.
  • Experienced location guidance. Our local guides Jorge Luis and Hector are the very best.
  • Feedback and image critiques and helpful suggestions throughout the trip.
  • Instruction on image processing as requested.

Because so little is known about travel in Cuba and so many myths are floating around about what is allowed and what it is like, we (Road Runner and Cuba Photo Travel) held a webinar to provide first hand experience and answer questions participants may have. To view this video, please click here

Cost $6099/participant – Double Occupancy outside of Havana, $1000 deposit to register. See Inclusions below.

$500 Single Supplement – Participants will enjoy private rooms on nights spent in Havana.

Maximum # of Participants: 6

To register, click here:  Register Now

Tour Leader: Jason Mauricio of Cuba Photo Travel

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Saturday – Welcome to Cuba!

  • Land in Havana, Cuba. We will be met by a local host that will help us through passport and customs. This was amazing, as we by passed huge lines and walked right up to the counter. Passport and customs took us minutes.
  • Meet at the Havana airport by your guide & transfer to accommodations.
  • Check into your privately owned accommodations.
  • Orientation
  • Sunset: We go to El Capitolio, a replica of the US Capitol building where the Cuban Parliament will assemble once renovations are complete, to get sunset photos of the old cars passing before the capitol building and the famed Gran Teatro, seat of the Cuba National Ballet.

Meals included: L, D

Day 2 – Sunday – Exploring Havana

  • Sunrise: We will visit the Malecon for sunrise view.
  • Early morning: We depart by boat to Regla, a small neighborhood known for practicing AfroCuban religions/Santeria.
  • Lunch: We eat lunch in Cojimar, a small fishing village that was the inspiration for Old Man & the Sea.
  • Afternoon: We tour Habana Vieja (Old Havana), an UNESCO World Heritage site, and take in its incredible Spanish architecture.
  • Sunset: Explore the Malecon with your camera. Wander the famous seawall along with locals as they come out to relax by the sea.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 3 – Monday – Trip to Viñales

  • Early morning: After breakfast we pack & depart for Viñales, another UNESCO World Heritage site in Pinar del Rio Province. Along the way we are going to visit Las Terrazas a rural experiment of sustainable development.
  • Lunch: in Soroa, where we will explore the Orchid farm for some macro photography and their natural waterfalls. Also explore the Lookout del Castillo en las Nubes.
  • Dinner/Sunset: We dine overlooking the majestic Viñales Valley, but only after we capture the stunning sunset!

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 4 – Tuesday – Viñales/Havana

  • Sunrise: We take in a sunrise view of Viñales Valley from a different perspective.
  • Early Morning: We head over to the Mural de la Prehistoria, one of largest Murals in the world for a second sunrise.
  • Morning: We walk into the Valley, visit a Tobacco house to learn the methods for growing and preparing the tobacco to make the world famous Cuban cigars, including a rolling demonstration.
  • Lunch: We head to a farm in Viñales and enjoy a traditional Cuban pork roast at a local farmer’s home.
  • Afternoon/Sunset: We head back to Havana in time for a tour of the famous Hotel Nacional and watch/photograph the sunset on their terrace.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 5 – Wednesday – Exploring Havana

  • Sunrise: Revolution Square to capture the monuments to Jose Marti, Che, and Camillo.
  • Late Morning: We’ll tour Colon Cemetery (El Cementerio de Colon). With an estimated 500 major mausoleums, chapels, and family vaults, el Cementerio de Colon is one of the great historical cemeteries of the world.
  • Afternoon: We join in and photography a dance company while they rehearse.
  • Sunset: We arrive at El Morro for a sunset view of Havana.

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 6 – Thursday – Playa Larga / Playa Giron(Bay of Pigs)/ Trinidad

  • Early Morning: We say goodbye to Havana and head out to Trinidad.
  • Sunrise: We pass by Playa Larga and Playa Giron, where the Bay of Pig invasion took place, for some photo opportunities.
  • Afternoon/Evening: We arrive to Trinidad and check into our rooms. Then we capture sunset overlooking the town.

Meals included: B, L, D                                                  

Day 7 – Friday – Trinidad/ UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Sunrise: We get a sunrise view of Trinidad.
  • Morning: We’ll spend the day in and around Trinidad, meeting the local people and visiting El Valle de los Ingenios & La Torre de los Iznagas. We will visit the homes of some rural framers.
  • Afternoon: We walk the town and visit local artists Cubans. We’ll have some free time to wander the streets and photograph in the afternoon.
  • Evening: After dinner, we’ll head to the local Casa de la Musica.

 Meals included: B, L, D

Day 8 – Saturday – Cienfuegos. The Pearl of the South

  • Morning: After breakfast, we will head to Cienfuegos, a colonial French-built city and home to one of the most famous Cuban singers Benny More. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • Afternoon: We will wander the streets of Cienfuegos capturing the unique French architecture and have lunch at a local paladar. 
  • Evening: Prepare to return to the States. 

Meals included: B, L, D

Day 9 – Sunday – Return Flights Home 

  • Morning: One last photo tour of Trinidad with a local guide. 
  • Afternoon: We check out and begin transfers to the airport in Cienfuegos. 

Meals included: B, L

Subject to Change

Itinerary subject to change. Please understand that in Cuba, sometimes things do not go as previously planned. Changes, sometimes significant, are likely to occur to the itinerary, often with very little notice. The order of activities, the time of events, scheduled appointments, and even the activities themselves, may change.

Inclusions:

  • Flights from/to Miami & Visas
  • Accommodations (private homes that have been converted for guests). Each room is air conditioned and has a private bath.
  • Expert private guides
  • Airport transfers in Cuba
  • Transportation in Cuba by private minivans
  • Driver(s)
  • Entrance fees to any museums, private homes, galleries, etc
  • All meals, noted in the itinerary (B,L,D): breakfasts, lunches,   dinners
  • 2 drinks per each lunch and dinner (local beer, bottled water, soft drinks, house wine if offered by the restaurant). We will eat in the most amazing restaurants.
  • Water for guests

Exclusions:

  • Any baggage fees not included in the flight
  • Activities not included in the itinerary (i.e. Jazz club, etc)
  • Minibar, laundry services, and meal outside of what is planned.
  • Drinks in excess of what is allotted in the meals.
  • Optional gratuities for guides & drivers
  • Other expenses of a personal nature: (i.e. Souvenirs)

RRPT Participant Waiver and Release Documentclick here.

Healthy Packing Listclick here.

Trip Insurance:

We highly recommend our travelers take out travel insurance at the time of booking. Travel insurance can benefit you in several ways. Primarily, it will cover you for the cost of your trip in the case of any unforeseen events prior to your trip, including, but not limited to work or family emergencies, airline delays or cancellations, or cancellation prior to departure. Travel insurance can also cover you in case of accident or emergency in Cuba when you need medical transport back to the US. While your plane ticket includes Cuban health insurance, it will not cover you for medical evacuation. Travelinsurance.com offers different options from various vendors and allows for product comparison.

Cuba – Havana/Viñales/Trinidad

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