Cuba: Pioneers of the East
with INSTRUCTOR LAURA L. GINGERICH
This photography workshop is $4,000 per person for 8 days & 7 nights in Camagüey, Holguín, Gibara and Santiago, Cuba.
The package price is based on double occupancy in the rooms. The single room supplement is an additional $150.
Come join us for the first photography tour of eastern Cuba, affectionately known as el Oriente de Cuba! We envision this first adventure as an “extension” of our recent exploratory journey! Be the first “pioneers” to come along on this road trip as we dive deeper and continue to explore the vivid provinces of Camaguey, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba. #YCTeastcubapioneers
Your Trip Includes:
8 days & 7 nights in Camagüey, Holguín, Gibara and Santiago, Cuba.
24/7 Photography coaching, tips, tutorials and lessons.
First night accommodation at Miami International Airport Hotel Sunday, February 23rd.
Flight from Miami International Airport to Camagüey on Monday, February 24th.
Flight from Santiago, Cuba to Miami International Airport on Monday, March 2nd.
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 (Hotels in Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba, Private Bed & Breakfast with air conditioned rooms and en-suite bathrooms in Holguín and Gibara).
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.
For returning YCT clients, 100 CUCs cash upon arrival!!
Round-trip travel between your home and Miami, Florida.
Baggage fees and overages.
Activities outside the tour itinerary.
Travel insurance, which is highly recommended for all travelers.
Day 1: Arrive Miami
Day 2: Flight to Camagüey
Day 3: Camagüey
Day 4: The City of Holguín
Day 5: Gibara, Province of Holguín
Day 6: Gibara, Province of Holguín
Day 7: Santiago de Cuba
Day 8: Santiago de Cuba
Day 9: Depart from Santiago de Cuba
“There is pride to be Cuban, there is Privilege to be Camagüeyan.”
A city twice the size of Havana with a fraction of the population, this uniquely Cuban city exudes an air of independence and strength. We’ll stay in an upscale hotel near the center of town which will give us the freedom to explore on our own and together.
One can’t help but to take note of the towering churches, fifteen to be exact, each with its own unique story both architecturally and historically. In a land where religion has been frowned upon for fifty years, here, the “small and fragile flock" managed to survive.
No two streets run parallel nor do any two streets meet a right angle making Camagüey an excellent place to get lost! This was done intentionally to disorient pirates and plunders of the 17th century. These colorful “mazes” are buzzing with locals on the way to market, artisans, children laughing, flower markets and street vendors.
Tired of walking? Sit in one of the many parks, like the Parque Ignacio Agramonte where at 6PM, the youth color guard, dressed in campesino garb lower the flag with great pomp and circumstance.
There’s an artsy vibe, an undercurrent and even dancing in the streets in this very authentic Cuban town. It is the home to Cuban TV, radio and even a music conservatory. This city of parks beckons the explorer to come closer and discover more.
We’ll walk the “back street” suburbs to meet friendly locals and learn about a day in their lives.
For those looking for a panoramic view and some exercise, the 465 steps to the top of a “Hill of the Cross” (Loma de la Cruz) for sunrise will surely be a terrific way to start the day.
When Christopher Columbus landed in the northern part of Holguín province, near Gibara, he declared it “the most beautiful land human eyes had ever seen”.
This quiet colonial village by the sea is so laid back and so full of character, one night just wouldn’t be enough. We will settle in and relax, wander and capture the fading shades against the rich Caribbean colors.
We will wake up with the fishermen, play dominoes with the locals, shoot stunning seascapes as well as hone our night photography skills.
Santiago de Cuba~
We’ll switch gears as we roll into Santiago de Cuba, the cultural capital and birthplace of the Cuban revolution and Bacardi Rum. Here the Afro-Caribbean energy is so electric, you may find yourself dancing up and down the hilly streets.
Other than dancing the streets with camera in hand, you may choose to visit the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, home to the remains of some of Cuba’s most famous figures.
The Revolution Plaza is both ominous and impressive with a dramatic monument of the 19th venture war hero, General Maceo on horseback surrounded by massive machetes rising from the grass. Certainly a site to see.
We’ll drive six miles out of town just before the golden hour to the Castillo de San Pedro del Morro, a massive fort built during the time of the Spanish colonization in Cuba. It took sixty five years to build this remarkable structure overlooking the Caribbean Sea and became a UNESCO heritage site in the 1980’s.
What will be most memorable about this journey is yet to be known. The gems to be discovered are not on a map or written in an itinerary but will unfold and fill our journals as we make our way through this fascinating swath of Cuba.
* 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 90 days prior to departure.
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.