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Simply Cuba in Focus

A$5,249.00

AUD: Australian dollar (A$)

Capture the Essence of Cuba on Camera

Cuba is a photographer’s delight. Vibrant people, colorful buildings, stunning sunsets, classic cars, pristine waters, lush green forests, beautiful birds and natural enchantments… the list is just ongoing! We have handpicked the best places to provide you with varied photo opportunities for your 10-day stay in Cuba.

We have got your back! Our expert photographers will help you get great shots, whilst our local guides will explain local culture and customs as we navigate through this beautiful island with you. They will ensure that every opportunity is given to capture the perfect shot!

So what are you waiting for? Explore Cuba through your camera lens on our photography tour today! Read full itinerary below.

Why join us?
  • Intimate group sizes to allow for a great experience
  • Get up close and personal with the locals
  • Capture memories for years to come
  • Meet with like minded people
  • Have your trip captured and documented for you as it unfolds
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture
  • Become the photographer you always wanted to be
Wondering if this trip is right for you? Book a call with our expert to discuss it.

 

 

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Trip Summary

Cuba is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination. With its rich history, lush tropical landscape, warm hospitality, energetic vibe, authentic feel the country has a lot to offer for the adventurous photography enthusiast.

Our experienced local guide have designed this tour so you can enjoy a large variety of unique and engaging photo experiences that are nearly impossible to come by in any other country. Cuba Simply in Focus is will take you to explore Havana neighborhoods, communities in the hidden and not so hidden Cuban countryside, give you the opportunities for street portrait sessions, magical sunsets, amazing valleys, untouched nature, and a long list of photography surprises.

We will start exploration of this wonderful country in Havana, the heartbeat of the forbidden country. Despite the difficulties, its people are the kindest, most friendly people in the world. Maybe it’s the survivalist spirit of its people, the decaying grandeur of its majestic buildings, or the salsa energy that gives this feeling that just makes you fall in love with it. Whatever you do, make sure you arrive with an open mind and immerse yourself in the experience this city has to offer. You will have the opportunity to photograph colorful street markets, Spanish architecture, vibrant classic cars and more with our local guides and award winning photography experts on hand to find the perfect photography angles.

Simply-Cuba-group-toursAfter discovering the streetscapes of Havana, we will head to the western region of Cuba. The towns of Soroa, Viñales, Cayo Jutias and Las Terrazas were added to this itinerary as they provide the perfect spots for magical sunrises, sunsets, magnificent rural landscape, spectacular white sand beaches and birding photography, whilst bring with them the opportunities to capture portraits of the farmers and vibrant village architecture. This magnificent natural rural setting is far from Havana’s hustle and bustle, and our guides will show you the hidden spots to capture amazing pictures from.

From the idyllic farmlands we will travel south to Trinidad, a perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement where the clocks stopped in 1850 and haven’t yet started. Most people recognize this city for its beautiful but crumbling yellow bell tower that graces the cityscape, but there is truly much more hidden in the streets of Trinidad. The people, the vibrant colored buildings, the art galleries, and the fantastic ambiance of Trinidad makes it a creative's adventure playground. Looking forward to your amazing portfolios created with the guidance of our travel photography experts.

From Trinidad, we'll track back to Santa Clara, Cuba’s 5th biggest city, which holds a special place in Cuba's revolutionary history, as such this city is a mini-pilgrimage destination for Che Guevara worshipers. You cannot miss the Plaza de la Revolucion. On the way through we will visit Manaca Iznaga, a historic sugarcane plantation nestled amid the verdant landscapes of the Valle de los Ingenios. It was established in the mid-1700s and later purchased by Pedro Iznaga, one of Cuba’s richest men at the time. Climb the dozens of steps that lead to the tower’s observation deck. Then admire the sweeping views of a picturesque countryside made up of farmland, forests, patchwork fields, and the distant Escambray Mountains.

 

What you will love about this trip

  • Discover new places and cultures with an experienced local guide by your side
  • Travel Photography Expert to help you fine tune your travel photography skills
  • Get swept up in Cuba's rich history and culture
  • Explore Cuba like a local
  • Learn the history of tobacco cultivation and the fine art of cigar rolling
  • Experience the beauty of nature in Cuba firsthand
  • Discover a new side of Cuba, meet new people, and make memories you'll never forget
  • Make a difference by giving back to the community through your travel

Is This Trip Right For You?

  • Be aware! We NEVER use hotels! Our aim is to give back to the community, as such we always use Casas as our accommodation option. Of course, we are aware of western comfort requirements, so as a standard, we ensure pillows, air conditioning, and private bathrooms.
  • In saying that... Do remember that you are in a country with lower infrastructure standards. As such, power cuts, especially in cyclone season are expected. Water pressure may be low and hot water in short supply. This really just adds to the adventure.
  • Previously Cash was king! Some service providers now insist on the use of credit cards to reduce cash handling, but be aware that some cards may not work in Cuba. So have several options available.
  • Internet access is available but is limited. Why not choose this time to switch off and relax? If it is not entirely possible, we will assist you to get connected.
  • Come without expectations, as things don’t always go to plan. And bring your sense of humor, in case you need to deal with things in 'Cuban time'!
  • The roads can be a challenge, whilst we ensure we get you there safely, it may take longer than you would expect in any other part of the world. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.

Places You’ll See

Havana Vinales Tour

Further Information About Our Tours

Want more info in preparation for your trip? Our Trip Information page provides further information regarding things you need to know, accommodation transfers, emergencies, passport & visa info, what to pack and more, that you may need to know about this adventure. Click here to read

We also provide you with detailed joining instructions prior to your travel. 😎

Trip Outline

Day 1 – Havana

Welcome to Cuba!

A complimentary transfer from the airport to the guesthouse is included with your trip to ease you into the life in Cuba. You can check in at any time, your casa hosts will be waiting for you. If you arrive early, enjoy your free time till your welcome meeting at 6pm. Depending on your arrival into the country and how you feel there are some options for you to discover Havana. Maybe even get your supply of Wi-fi cards sorted for your stay…

Special Information A complimentary arrival transfer is included with your trip. Please ensure you provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to travel so the transfer can be organised.

Please see ‘Joining instructions’ for more information about exiting the arrivals hall and connecting with your arrival transfer driver who will take you to your guesthouse.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let us know.


Day 2 – Havana

Today you'll have the opportunity to capture the lively street theatre of Havana Vieja (Old Havana), a World Heritage site since 1982. See the glorious grandeur of this dynamic area, one of the Caribbean’s most impressive historical cities. Wonder through the narrow streets and spacious plazas, admiring the Spanish architecture as you discover the birthplace of Havana - Plaza de Armas, and other iconic sites like Plaza San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral. Through this part of the day, you will have the opportunity to photograph colorful street markets, courtyards, and terraces.

In the afternoon you have a choice whether to visit the Morro Castle or enjoy the sunset with the roof down in a 1950's classic car!


Day 3 & 4 – Vinales 

Today we are making our way to beautifully rural, Viñales which is endowed in mogotes, large limestone cliffs covered with flat flora and plant life, and is the home of the world-famous Cuban Cigars. It’s one of the cooler areas of Cuba, so it’s also a nice escape from the hotter parts of the country. Viñales Valley is a World Heritage site. It is a fascinating sight, with its amazing “living landscape” of traditional farms and untouched nature. Capture the vibrant scenes of the township, markets, and people before your salsa lesson in the evening. A relaxed evening after the hard day of photographing, giving you a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the local music of Viñales amongst the warm and friendly locals.

In the morning we’ll take a guided walk through this rich countryside, to discover the life of Cuba’s farmers and learn the secret methods of rolling a Cuban cigar directly from those who grow it. Not only will you get to try one, but you also get to learn how to roll them yourself! You will have the chance to visit a hidden community of farmers, capture the traditional wooden houses with exterior porches and visit the valley itself to shoot the landscapes and its people as well as their relationship with tobacco, their animals, and the land.


Day 5 – Cayo Jutias 

We'll take a short drive out of town today, to Cuba’s best beach – Cayo Jutias. It’s wild, remote, full of life. Its turquoise waters turn pink at sunset, something that not many people know about. Its white sand is overwhelming at first glance. A Paradise for those who know where to look for it! Whether you want to capture the contract of white sand beach against the azure Caribbean waters or practice taking dramatic monochrome shots of the mangroves reaching the sky this place will have plenty on offer for your. You may even be lucky enough to capture some beautiful sea stars on your camera  here!

Day 6 – Soroa & Las Terrazas

This morning will head to Las Terrazas community and nature reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountains. It is an eco-village built around a creek that has been a UNESCO Biosphere reserve since 1985. It is the country’s best-kept secret! The goal in this village is to integrate tourism into an existing community rather than create artificial tourist experiences. It succeeds by using local farming, energy efficiency, and a focus on the greater good of the community.

There are several photo opportunities here of nature, art galleries, coffee plantations, and the like. In the afternoon we will make our way back to Soroa. A tiny little village hidden in the mountains. Here we will visit the orchid garden, which is not only in a beautiful natural setting but has hundreds of amazingly colorful orchids to photograph.

You may also have time to able to take a stroll among the marvelous tall trees to discover the pristine waters of the local waterfall or climb up to see the Castle in the clouds. And did I mention it is also a perfect spot for birdwatching? You just never know what you will see!


Day 7 - 8 – Trinidad

From Soroa we will take a drive to Trinidad, once we settle into our casas here, you will be taken on an orientation tour around the city. It is the perfect spot to master your street photography, offering cobblestone streets, bright-colored colonial buildings, markets, art galleries, museums, people, various modes of transport from horsing carts to classic cars. If you are up for discovery, you can walk up the hill to take in the views of Trinidad.

This is also a great opportunity to view and buy Cuban art direct from the artists themselves, while also offering the chance to identify the many photographic opportunities that mix paintings with people.

Whilst here, we will also enjoy some light trekking in El Cubano National Park in the Topes de Collantes. We will discover the Salto de Javira 6 km round trail that delivers you to the heart of el Cubano’s beautiful waterfall and natural pool. Swimming in its icy pool is the perfect break from the heat. The trail begins with a small rope bridge, on the other side, follow the path that gently rises beside the river. Find shade among the canopy of the trees and enjoy colorful birds overhead. It’s an easy and well-trod path that allows the mind to wonder.

We will also head out to Playa Ancon a perfect spot for beach sunset shots! With the pinks, oranges, and purples in the sky most evenings it is bound to be a delight.


Day 9 & 10 – Havana

We will head back to Havana today. On the way through we will visit Manaca Iznaga, an 18th century sugar plantation. The estate’s major highlight is the 149-feet (45-meter) tall Manaca Iznaga Tower where you can admire the sweeping views of a picturesque countryside made up of farmland, forests, patchwork fields and the distant Escambray Mountains.

We should be back in Havana on time for capturing amazing sunset shots over the Malecon, before it’s time to say goodbye to this amazing island. We have not planned any activity for you on your last day so you can rest and relax.

Your check-out time is 12pm. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we loved showing it to you!

This is where we depart, yet would strongly recommend that you stay a few more days to explore this unique city. If you would like to take this opportunity, please let us know and we can arrange extended accommodation for you for an additional fee

Trip Inclusions

Meals

9 Breakfasts 8 Lunches 9 Dinners

Accommodation

Standard Guesthouse (9 nights)

Transport

Private Vehicle

Included

  • Local Tour Guide
  • Travel Photography Expert
  • Old Havana Walking Tour
  • Trinidad the best-preserved colonial city orientation tour
  • Viñales valley walk with cigar rolling
  • Walking tour to El Cubano National Park
  • Visit to Las Terrazas Community
  • Soroa Orchid Garden
  • Visit to Che Guevara’s mausoleum
  • Organic Farm Dinner
  • 1 hour Salsa Lesson
  • Ancon Beach Expedition
  • Airport transfers
 

Additional information

Select Tour Dates

24 April 2022 – 2 May 2022, 26 June 2022 – 4 July 2022, 8 August 2022 – 17 August 2022, 27 November 2022 – 6 December 2022 – Kate Crock