Cuba: Real and raw-The Face of Cuba
with INSTRUCTOR Don Toothaker & GUEST INSTRUCTOR LAURA L. GINGERICH
This photography workshop is $4,195 per person for 8 days & 7 nights in Havana, Bay of Pigs, and Trinidad, Cuba.
The package price is based on double occupancy in the rooms. The single room supplement is an additional $200.
Simply put, Cuba is like no other place on earth. The spellbinding history from the early Carribean-Spanish explorers to the mid- twentieth century reads like a legendary novel. Life for the Cuban people changed dramatically in the 1960’s. It’s as if the country was placed in a time capsule for fifty years and suddenly emerged, opening the doors to all who wish to explore. Join us as we capture the face of Cuba seen in the ranchers eyes, the dancers smile and the hands of the fishermen. Take your photography skills to the next level as we travel off the beaten path from Havana to the pristine beaches of the Bay of Pigs to the colonial city of Trinidad into the hearts of those who call Cuba home. Experience Cuba as few have.
Hunt’s Photo and Don Toothaker want to welcome guest instructor Laura L. Gingerich to this photography workshop. We plan to challenge you to slow down, think, observe, anticipate and feel each and every shot. Our days will be full of photographic opportunities, instruction and discussion as we experience a very unique look into “The Face of Cuba”.
Your Trip Includes:
8 days & 7 nights in Havana, Bay of Pigs, and Trinidad, Cuba.
24/7 Photography coaching, tips, tutorials and lessons.
Round trip airfare from Miami, Tampa, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Havana.
Cuban visa processing and fee (There is an additional fee for Cuban born travelers).
Medical insurance while visiting Cuba.
All airline and airport fees (U.S. & Cuba except baggage & excess weight fees).
Ground transportation within Cuba.
All accommodations while visiting Cuba (Private Bed & Breakfast with air conditioned rooms and en-suite bathrooms).
Entrance fees when applicable.
All restaurant gratuities are included.
Experienced tour guides (English, Spanish, Portuguese and French speaking are available).
All meals are included (two “mixed” National drinks at dinner). Due to the nature of this photography tour, some lunches may be light and “on the go”. Cuba has no fast food restaurants so we will do our best to keep the photographers happy and well fed while out in the field. Please advise us about any restrictions or food allergies.
Round-trip travel from your home to Miami, Tampa, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Lodging in Miami, Tampa, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Baggage fees and overages.
Activities outside the tour itinerary.
Travel insurance, which is highly recommended for all travelers.
DAY 1: HAVANA, CUBA
You will be warmly welcomed at Jose Marti Airport, Havana, Cuba. After clearing customs, we will pick up luggage, exchange money and begin our adventure together.
Late lunch/early dinner: After you are settled into your homes in Nuevo Vedado, we will have a refreshing welcome reception and a wonderful Cuban meal. Here, we will have an opportunity to get to know each other and talk about the week ahead.
After dinner, we will take the short drive to Central Park (Parque Central) in Old Havana to get the photography juices flowing. The majestically lit Capital Building (Capitolio), the National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de las Bellas Artes) and the Grand Theater (Gran Teatro) provide an ideal backdrop to capture an evening in Old Havana.
DAY 2: HAVANA, COJIMAR, & BOCA DE JARUCO, CUBA
This morning we travel to the east side of the Havana province to the town of Cojimar, the small fishing village that is best known as the inspiration behind Ernest Hemingway’s, "The Old Man and the Sea". Here, we will have the opportunity to photograph an old village and have a unique culinary experience.
Experience and enjoy an interactive cooking and mixology lesson. Together, we will shoot while learning how to cook a very special Cuban dish. Enjoy the fruits of your labor at lunch today! Happy Cooking at El Ajiaco.
Later this afternoon we head over to Boca de Jaruco, where a sleepy fishing village off the beaten path will ignite your imagination. Welcome to Cuba, real and raw.
This evening we will enjoy lighter Mexican fare at our favorite bar, El Dandy. This bar is located in the heart of central Havana so we will have many opportunities for authentic and interesting street photography tonight.
DAY 3: HAVANA, CUBA
Sunrise Photo Shoot along the five-mile sea wall known as the Malecon. We will experience Havana’s Old Town (La Habana Vieja) and Central Park (El Parque Central) as Cuba awakes. Awarded UNESCO Heritage Site status in 1982, this area is rich in baroque and neoclassic architecture. Go out into the streets to meet the butcher, baker, hair dresser and mechanic.
A special mid-day photo op will later be followed by an exquisite meal. Brush off your camera lenses, charge your batteries for a buffet of photographic surprises in Old Havana.
Evening photography opportunities.
DAY 4 & Day 5: PLAYA LARGA, AKA BAY OF PIGS, Cuba (two nights)
Few know the Bay of Pigs as a “birders paradise” and the land of lush forests, pristine beaches, rivers, lakes and caverns. Here we will photograph the colors of this small crabbing village by day and feast on fresh cuisine at night. We will explore the Zapata National Park where experienced guides will lead us to exotic corners of this biological superpower.
During the midday light, you will have the opportunity to take a break from photography and swim in the most pristine waters of the Caribbean, walk on the beach or relax in a hammock at your casa particular.
DAY 6 & 7: TRINIDAD, Cuba (two nights)
Breakfast and early departure to the beautiful city of Trinidad. Arrival early afternoon and check in to our private homes. The cobblestone streets of this colonial gem of Cuba will lead us to an abundance of photographic opportunities. Get ready for two full days of fabulous street photography, architecture and landscapes.
Day 8: Trinidad to Santa Clara Airport
Breakfast at your home. Activities TBA and based upon airline departure time from Santa Clara Airport.
* Your Cuba Travel will make every attempt to adhere to the itinerary as planned above. Should circumstances change, we have the right to make proper modifications that will benefit you our guest.
Travel authorized by license through the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that authorizes registered guests of our programs to legally travel to Cuba to participate and engage in a full time schedule of authorized exchange activities in Cuba, which will involve meaningful interaction between travelers and people in Cuba.
A $700 deposit is required at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour. Deposits are generally non-refundable, except in rare cases when we cannot confirm all components of a booking at the purchase price.
The balance must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
HUNT'S PHOTO DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURES, Don Toothaker
"I am very proud to say that I am a photographer."
Primarily a self-taught photographer, Don has been photographing a variety of subjects for the past 14 years. Being a photography instructor and workshop leader is Don’s principle role at Hunts Photo and Video. He is committed to exploring and sharing the beauty of his native New England, and other regions of the world, through imagery and teaching.
Don displays his work at www.toothakerphoto.com
Your Cuba Travel's PHOTOGRAPHY Instructor, Laura L. Gingerich
Laura L. Gingerich is an award winning photojournalist specializing in relief and disaster assistance worldwide. She is known for “having an eye for beauty in the midst of chaos” from her work in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Haiti, Pakistan, West Bank and India. When Laura is not on assignment, she loves sharing her knowledge by leading photography workshops that inspire and motivate beginners to advanced level enthusiasts.