Our days are spent exploring amazing locations, living every aspect of the culture and interacting with locals. This is not a tour, this is a journey of deep immersion in to all the aspects that make this country and this culture great: music, art, food, sports, religion and above all its people.
There is no photographic trip that provides the level of intimacy, involvement and variety that this trip provides. Nothing in this journey is left to chance and there is no better or more complete experience to photograph Cuba that this.
7 nights of accommodations, Cuba at casas particulares (bed and breakfast)
Coordination of all listed activities
Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in the itinerary
Professional bilingual guide for listed activities
Local ground transportation for listed activities
Meals (as specified on itinerary)
Pre-trip departure information
Compliance with US Treasury Department regulations
Price is per person, single occupancy.
Round-trip Airfare U.S.–Cuba
Lodging in Miami
Cuban Insurance (can be purchased in cash on the ground or can be included in airline ticket)
Airline baggage fees
Meals and activities other than listed on itinerary
Individual house/hotel expenses (mini bar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)
Tips to local guides, driver, restaurant service, etc
This workshop is limited to 10 students.
Upon arrival in Havana you will be met by one of our staff members for your transfer to the private home where the group will be staying. These houses provide comfortable accommodations and ample privacy and it is a great way to interact with the locals. At night we enjoy a private musical performance by renowned singer and songwriter Frank Delgado at Café Madrigal, which is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion with the walls lined with captivating artwork. Join the group for the welcome dinner at Paladar Río Mar located at La Puntilla in Miramar. Enjoy views of the bay gentle ocean breezes from the terrace.
After breakfast and orientation meeting we depart for Iglesia de la Merced (Church of Mercy). This magnificently ornate cathedral, cloaked in a patina of time, serves as potent reminder of the immense influence the church once held in Cuba. Next is Plaza de la Catedral where the famous Havana Cathedral is located, the best example of Cuban baroque style in the city. Over to Taller Experimental de Gráfica. The Taller is Havana’s premier printmaking and lithographic workshop. It is a studio, a school and most of all, an art institution that preserves and develops the sophisticated art of print making with relative freedom of spirit and form.
Time for lunch at Doña Eutimia paladar. Famous for its ropa vieja and frozen mojitos, this cozy paladar made Newsweek Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the world in 2012. After lunch wander through the Plaza de Armas, a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba. It is surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana as well as important monuments. See the Plaza de San Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded by buildings dating from the 18th century, dominated by the baroque Iglesia and Convento de San Francisco dating from 1719. Visit the Plaza Vieja, surrounded by sumptuous houses of the Havana aristocracy from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Depart for a day trip to Viñales. Considered by many to be the most beautiful place in Cuba, the Viñales Valley is a National Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley is encircled by mountains and its landscape is interspersed with spectacular dome-shaped limestone outcrops (mogotes). Traditional techniques are still in use for agricultural production, particularly tobacco, which makes Viñales famous for being the premier tobacco growing area in the world. This is a photographer’s paradise!
In the Valley we visit the private farm owned by the large family of Concha and Paco Hernandez. The descendants of Concha and Paco have farmed the same plot of land for many generations and their land is involved in the production of a multitude of fruits, vegetables, grain and tobacco. Members of the family will give us a tour of this beautiful 40-acre farm before bringing us back to the farmhouse. Enjoy lunch at the farm
After lunch, stroll with a local guide through the valley and tobacco fields. Learn about the most important crops, and other flora and fauna of the area. Stop at the home of a local tobacco farmer, who will teach us about the cultivation and production process, followed by a rolling demo. Mid-afternoon we walk through the main street and see the local markets and small business. Be sure to walk a few blocks from the city center and venture down side streets.
After breakfast we walk through Old Havana visiting different businesses, and spending time with locals in their homes. Lunch is at La Makina Gastro Bar, located near the Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of Fine Arts in the heart of Old Havana, it is known for the exquisite cuisine dishes and a charming ambiance. After lunch we migrate to Callejón de Hamel, a neighborhood that has been converted into a cultural center rich in Afro-Cuba religion, art and dance. Scholar Elias Assef will take us to the home of a Santera to learn about Cuban religions with African origins.
Next we visit the Lizt Alfonso Academy, a women-led dance company and school for local youth, specializing in various types of dance. We will watch a private performance by the adolescent dance group and sit with the dancers afterward to discuss how they came to join the school and the impact it has had on them. The talent and work ethic at this school is impressive.
We end the day at the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym located across the street from the Iglesia de las Merced is this local amateur boxing gym. This boxing gym is the place for the young and not-so-young athlete to learn and train for their country’s second favorite sport. The determination and focus of these young boxers will inspire you as they train with the aspirations to compete on the national level.
After breakfast we visit the Christopher Colon Cemetery. This elaborate massive necropolis covers nearly 8% of the City of Havana, and contains and endless sea of poignant memorials, architectural jewels and human-interest stories.
Mid-morning we travel to the Nostalgic Cars restoration garage and discussion with the owners Nidialys Acosta and Julio Alvarez. This husband and wife couple has become the face of entrepreneurship in Cuba, taking advantage of the new economic changes to restore and operate these American beauties.
Time for lunch at Paladar Atelier. This restaurant is equally known for its atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. The lighting and textures of the house, which was home to a pre-revolutionary senator, coupled with walls adorned in modern art, create a cozy, but modern setting.
Sunset photo walk along the Paseo de Marti (el Prado), a tree lined pedestrian promenade leading to the sea. This area includes the home of Cuba’s former president Jose Miguel Gomez and the lavish Palacio de los Matrimonios. Our stroll ends at the Malecón. This broad esplanade, roadway and seawall stretches for 4 miles along the coast from the mouth of Havana Harbor in Old Havana, along the north side of the Centro Habana neighborhood to the Vedado neighborhood. There is no other place, which shows more of the Havana’s soul, or attracts more locals and tourists than the Malecon. On our way to Malecon we will explore Barrio Colon to get a true flavor of weekend in Havana homes.
Check-out and depart for Cienfuegos, referred to as the “Pearl of the South”, Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s only cities to display French and Spanish architecture. Housed on one of the country’s largest Bays, the city offers beautiful ocean front landscapes, and is deeply rich in culture. Lunch at Finca del Mar, a small, modern paladar overlooking the calm waters of the Cienfuegos Bay.
After lunch is time to discover Cienfuegos with Omar Garcia Valenti. Some of his work is displayed in private collections in Cuba, the USA, Canada, France, and Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and more. He is well known for the use of a technique called Silver Reverse. His work highlights the contemporary Cuban vision in the world around him, while trying to avoid touristic imagery. Omar focuses on the daily experiences of the subjects of his photos as they navigate the streets of Cuba. He will show some of his work and then lead a photo shoot in the downtown area.
Music time at the Beny Moré School for the Arts. This is one of the art schools created by the Revolution in each province. It carries the name of the popular Cuban singer songwriter Beny Moré, born in this province. Enjoy a tour around the school and enjoy some students’ performances. Continue to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town feel.
After breakfast we have a walking tour with Nancy Benítez, a local architect, historian and restoration specialist. Ms. Benitez will provide an overview of the city’s history from an architectural, economic infrastructural point of view. Enjoy lunch at Paladar San José, a nice restaurant with a diverse menu featuring everything from lobster to pizza.
After lunch visit to the archeological site San Isidro de los Destiladeros, near the city of Trinidad, it was a typical sugar plantation, operated with slave labor in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Remnants of this thriving and historically underappreciated industrial heritage survive: an impressive owner’s house, three-story tower, cistern, main sugar factory, ancillary buildings, and dikes. We will discuss about sugar cane in Cuba and slavery.
Finish the afternoon with a visit of the Casilda port and town, ideally located and protected by the long arm of the Ancon peninsula, it was one of the busiest ports of the island in the 19th century when thousands of slaves were brought from Africa along with furniture, porcelain and building materials from Spain. Our farewell dinner is at Paladar Sol y Son, a restaurant with a typical decoration of all Cuba with very old elements and excellent food.
Checkout and depart for airport in Santa Clara (SNU International Airport).
- A deposit of $1000 per person is due by 120 days prior to departure: October 18, 2018.
- Full payment will be due 90 days prior to departure: November 17, 2019.
- A signed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding should be turned in with the payment.
- Please inquire if you are interested in purchasing trip insurance from a certified, third party.
Payment can be made with a check, cashier’s check, or money order. Credit cards are not accepted. Checks should be made out to Cuba Educational Travel and mailed to:
Cuba Educational Travel
Attn: Raul Touzon Photography
72 Highland Avenue
West Islip, NY 11795
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Photographic equipment: bring your normal photographic gear: a camera, lenses, and a flash if you have one.
Please make sure your photography equipment is in good working order before leaving home, and be sure to bring extra batteries. There is nothing more frustrating than having your equipment quit during a workshop week, particularly in a foreign country where repair or replacement is challenging. Check with your insurance company and make sure your equipment is covered.
Digital capture: the workshops embraces your use of digital cameras within traditional photography workshops. Please be aware that you will need to be technically self-sufficient and bring the following equipment with you:
- digital memory cards with reader
- power adapters and cables for laptop and digital camera
- camera manual
- batteries and charger for rechargeable batteries
It is expected that you know how to download images from your camera to the laptop, edit images using your software, and organize the edited images for critique.
Participants will be given “standards” to follow while at the workshops. These standards are designed to simplify daily presentations and critiques. Closer 30 days before the start of your workshop you will receive a letter from us with more specific details on photo and computer gear.
CANCELLATION POLICY & REFUND POLICY
The sale is final
Cancellations made before 120 days prior to the trip are eligible for a full refund.
Cancellations made 119-91 days prior to trip departure are eligible for a 50 percent refund.
Cancellations made within 90 days of trip departure are not eligible for a refund.
In some instances, time permitting, a different traveler can take the place of a scheduled participant for a processing fee of $350.
If U.S. policy is altered to make it so that the trip is not compliant with U.S. law regarding travel to Cuba, a full refund will be granted. This will ONLY
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Photography workshop policies and general liability waiver
Please read the following document carefully. Each individual participating in a photography workshop conducted by Raul Touzon Photography must submit a signed copy of this form as part the registration process.
Participants under 18 years of age must also include the signature of a parent or guardian.
“The photographer” shall mean the organizer known as “Raul Touzon Photography”.
“The client(s)” shall be those who attend the workshop.
The information presented in this contract cannot be altered in any way by the client(s) unless such conditions are expressly agreed upon by Raul Touzon Photography and provided in writing prior to the commencement of the workshop.
- Health & safety: I am aware that the courses and activities related to the workshop in which I am participating present certain risks including, but not limited to, bodily injury, death, illness, loss or damage to personal property, and other safety-related dangers. I further understand that these outdoor photography courses in certain instances present inherent risks of personal injury or sickness, such as falling, falling rocks, getting lost, traveling in rough terrain, forces of nature such as lightning strikes, wild animals, absence of prompt medical attention, if needed, and travel by automobile or other conveyance. I understand these risks, recognize that these dangers cannot be eliminated, and acknowledge other dangers not mentioned may also exist. I understand the physical requirements of participation in these activities and affirm I meet these requirements, and that my physical and mental health is good, and that I am not under a doctor’s care for any condition that might endanger other participants or me. I understand that instructors may not possess the required training or equipment to handle incidents that may occur. In case of injury, accident, illness, or my inability to complete these activities, I will bear the full cost of any additional transportation or evacuation procedures performed by Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors or the national park services.
- Copyright & license: all photographs created by the client during the workshop remain the intellectual property of the client. The client retains full copyright of these images. Client images may be used to promote future workshops without compensation to Raul Touzon Photography or the client.
- Prices: prices for the workshops are available online and are non-negotiable. Amenities may vary for individual work- shops and it is the client’s responsibility to read the course details carefully. Airfare is not included in the workshop fees.
- Payments: you can make payments directly online or by check. We cannot guarantee your placement in a workshop unless we receive full payment. Unless specified, workshops are non-transferable.
- Refunds/cancellation by the client(s):
Cancellations will receive 100% refund minus a cancellation administration fee of $ 250.
Cancellations made within 31 days to 60 days prior to the start of workshop dates, are entitled to a 50% refund based on the full tuition fee of the workshop.
Cancellations made within a 30 days period prior to the start of a workshop will not be entitled to a refund.
In the unlikely event a workshop cannot be conducted for reasons defined in item (6), the client will receive a 100% refund, or the choice of an alternative workshop of equal value. No further compensation is required.
- Refunds/cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography due to an insufficient number of participants: if insufficient bookings are made, Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or postpone a workshop. Notice will be given to the client no less than 10 days prior to the workshop date. In this circumstance an alternate workshop of equal value, or 100% refund be offered to the client.
Force majeure: (typically, force majeure clauses cover natural disasters or other “acts of god”, or the failure of third-parties such as suppliers and subcontractors to perform their obligations to the contracting party.)
The due performance of the contract is subject to alteration or cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography owing to any cause beyond their reasonable control (e.g. sudden illness/injury/victim of crime).
Raul Touzon Photography may substitute another photographer in the event that the assigned instructor is unable to attend the workshop due to such factors. However, it may prove difficult or impossible to find a skilled replacement at short notice. As explained in item (6), 100% refund, or an alternate course will be offered if no workshop can be performed.
- Valuables: all valuables belonging to the client including camera equipment are the clients’ responsibility. Raul Touzon Photography and its instructors cannot be held liable for any lost or damaged equipment (camera or other) while participating in a workshop.
- Complaints: any complaints regarding the workshop or its instructors must be made in writing within seven days of the workshop. All complaints will be taken seriously and acted upon accordingly.
- Logistics and accomodation: whenever possible, our trip participants are lodged in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations, but refrain from extravagance. Some interesting photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities.
- Our itinerary is intended as an example only. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, natural history or cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by tour leader.
- Governing law: the laws of the state of Montana shall govern this agreement. Any notices required or permitted under this agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (I) delivered in person, (ii) sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, with proper postage affixed, or (iii) sent by overnight mail service with confirmation of delivery. In the case of (I), notice shall be deemed effective upon delivery; in the case of (ii) and (iii), notice shall be deemed effective upon confirmation of receipt or delivery.
- Concealed weapons: in February 2010 the federal government lifted the ban on loaded and concealed weapons in our national parks. While we respect the rights of those who wish to carry firearms, Wild West photos will not allow individuals who participate in our workshops to carry firearms of any kind. If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy please contact us by phone or email prior to registration.
- Participation: I certify that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risks, consequences, and potential liability for this participation. I hereby release Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors, any landowner, employee of the landowner in which we hold the workshop, the us forest service, the national park service, and other land managers where these activities occur from any and all liability claims, causes of action, debts, and demands that may arise as a result of my participation in these activities. This document shall also serve as a release and assumption of risk for my heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and members of my family. Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or change activities without prior notice, and reserves the right to cancel the registration of any participant it determines fails to meet the requirements of these activities.
- Responsibility: Raul Touzon Photography act only as agents for the passenger in regards to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.
They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provided are for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.
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