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Santiago Cuba for Artists and Photographers

Santiago Cuba for Artists and Photographers

Photograph, visit Cuban artists, paint or print in an artist studio. Experience music and dance.

Create with the Cuban people


What is happening with travel to Cuba?

Can we go to Cuba? YES

Camera Odysseys has traveled to Cuba for the past 10 years. We have great friends and connections to make your trip a once in a life time. The USA travel restrictions only effect the cruise ships from the USA.

Camera Odysseys is Licensed to bring groups into Cuba under the:

“Support for the Cuban people”

No further permission from OFAC is required to engage in transactions by a person who meets all criteria in a general license.

Get ready for Santiago.

This trip will run on the eastern end of the island. Santiago, the sugar farms, the Santiago Rum.

This exciting trip will provide flexible and personalized opportunities for both artists and photographers. Artists will be free to join the photographers and photographers will be welcome to join the artists at times throughout the trip. Bruce and Glenn will provide photographic guidance and expertise. Carlos is a renowned Cuban painter and printmaker and will be available to provide instruction as well as one on one consultation. Bring your camera and some art supplies and, if desired, work in progress that you would like to discuss. Once you sign up for the trip you will be contacted about your photography and art expectations for the trip.

Your adventure starts the moment we land.

We will stay in a CASA, which is a private home. Each room will have queen beds and their own private bathroom. Breakfast each day will be severed by your casa. Water will be supplied.

This is a trip that will let you be a native. We will travel over night, to Baracoa on the east end of the island. Boracoa is the first city of Cuba and we will capture the history, culture and meet the people.

Bruce Byers, Professional Photographer

Will be with us on the streets, photographing people and the architecture of Cuba. This will be his 20th trip. Bruce designs the trips to make sure you’ll never see, or photograph, the world quite the same way again. He is very excited about our upcoming trips, and thinks you will be as well.

  • Learn to approach and create with local Cubans

  • Develop a “street style” for shooting on the streets

  • Bruce will help you become comfortable with your equipment

  • Onsite editing so you learn as you create.

Then  Over the trip you will learn

  • The difference between creating an image and a snapshot.

  • How to see with your eyes and capture with your camera.

Over the course of the trip you will learn:

  • The difference between photography and storytelling.

  • Anyone can take a photograph but not all photographs tell visually rich stories.

  • The use of design in photography through color, texture, light, perspective and detail.

  • To craft your own unique visual voice.

Carlos Aguilera, Cuban Artist

Carlos has opened his print making studio to those who want to work with a true Cuban print maker.

Our Cuban artist Carlos Aguilera, will be our host and guide. We will walk the streets of Santiago to photograph and those who love print-making will work in his studio. Carlos is a renowned Cuban painter and printmaker and will be available to provide instruction as well as one on one consultation.

Our Cuban Artist will also be with us to introduce us to the world of Cuban artist. Born in Santiago with a famous Cuban artist father. Carlos will be our window into life and culture of Cuba.

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Trip runs: Santiago Cuba Feb 14th to Feb 23rd 2020

Feb 14th:  We plan to fly direct to Santiago on 2/14.

This will depend on flights.

Group of 10 to 12

Price $3675  (double occupancy)

$295 additional for single room   

Deposit of $875

10 days and 9 nights

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Early sign up $125 off discount by Nov 25th 2019

Santiago Cuba, Art and Photography 2/14

$875 deposit for Havana to Vinales workshop.

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Feb 14th:  Friday


The adventure starts.  Santiago, is very different from Havana and Vinales Cuba, it has the Santiago rum, the sugar cane and the art.

  • We will arrive at the casas and take a tour of the city and its historical battle fields.

  • A visit to one of the famous rum factories of the famous Santiago rum. Meet with the rum masters of Santiago rum. Learn from the best.


February 15th: Saturday

This is the day

to get your project started.

Early morning we will be on the streets with the sunrise.

  • We will walk the streets of a 500 year old town, getting involved in the culture and life.

    After Breakfast

  • Artists will work out plans for the week to print at Carlos’ studio.

  • Photographers will work with Bruce and Glenn.

  • Lunch at Carlos studio.

  • The afternoon will take us to the south shore for sunset at the Moro Castle of Santiago.

  • Dinner will be filled with music in the old part of town.

  • Night walks

February 16th:  Sunday


  • Early morning walk at sunrise

  • Breakfast

  • Artists to Carlos Studio

  • Photographers to the streets

  • Lunch at an artist studio

  • Afternoon photo workshop with Bruce and Glenn, Portraiture and landscape

  • Print makers collect items needed for printing projects with Carlos. (of course bring your cameras)

  • Walk the town and the Malecon

  • Dinner at local cafe’ with music

  • Night walks and local entertainment.

February 17th: Monday


  • Early morning photo walk

  • Breakfast

  • The artists will go to Carlos’ studio to work on their projects. With lunch at the studio.

  • The photographers will work the street with Glenn and Bruce

  • Work with the dancers of Santiago

  • Did I say old car and music…. Their here.

  • Sunset at city square.

  • Dinner

  • Night walks


February 18th: Tuesday

Head to Baracoa

Early departure for Baracoa. On the east coast. The first city of Cuba.

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  • Stop along the way for photo opts.

    • Sugar fields

    • Local farmers

    • Sugar factories

    • Palm plantations

  • Arrive Baracoa early afternoon

  • Explore town

  • Sunset shoot

  • Dinner local cafe’

  • Night walks

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February 19th: Wednesday

Streets of Baracoa

Early sunrise location shoot

  • Breakfast at casa

  • Photographs on the street

  • We will have a tour of the city to artist studios and learn from the locals.

  • Lunch with local artist

  • Return to the streets for more exploration.

  • Early evening head back to Santiago

  • Dinner on the road

  • Night walks for those willing.


February 20th: Thursday


  • Sunrise walks

  • Artists head to Carlos studio

  • Lunch at local artist studio with music

  • Ride the old cars of Santiago throughout the city

  • Boat ride through the harbor to the sea.

  • Sunset on the Malecon and main square

  • Dinner at local cafe’

  • Night walks for those willing.


February 21th: Friday

Artist Community

This will be a day of local artist just outside Santiago. Great for portraits and landscapes.

  • Early departure to Artist community for great art, music and local friends.

  • Talk, photograph and work with the artist.

  • Dinner pig roast with music

  • Return back to Santiago

  • Night is on your own

February 22nd: Saturday


  • We will plan it out amongst the group as it will be our last day.

  • The streets are yours.  Group travel and or personal exploration.

  • Bruce and Glenn will take you around Santiago exploring and capturing local Cuban life.

  • Finish up your trip project, revisit areas

  • Artists will finish up in Carlos’ studio

  • Afternoon revisit areas and locals artist.

  • Review work done during the trip.

Farewell dinner at local cafe’ with music

February 23rd: Sunday

 Fly home to the USA    (or stay ask Bruce)

What's Included:

  • All meals

  • All ground transport in Cuba

  • Round trip air from Miami with the group or if we fly direct there will be a credit for the Miami Santiago part of your flight,

  • (email Bruce

  • Accommodations in Casas (bed and breakfast) including breakfast

  • Double occupancy: Single $295 supplement

  • Visa to Cuba

  • Medical insurance in Cuba (Note this is not travel cancellation insurance) You need to get your own personal travel insurance for medical and trip cancellation.

  • Entrance fees to attractions listed on itinerary

What's NOT included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Accommodations at if starting off point is in US, Miami

  • Travel insurance. You need to get your own personal travel insurance for medical and trip cancellation.

  • Some meals ( In Miami if we stay the night )

  • Ground transport at starting off point in US

  • Internet or communications costs in Cuba

Note: Final schedule may deviate from plan due to conditions on the ground.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cuba

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need your passport and a visa (Camera Odysseys will take care of this) for entry into Cuba. Once there, shopping for essential items like toiletries is nearly impossible. You must bring anything you will need, including all medications. You will also need enough cash to last throughout your trip, since most American credit and debit cards are not accepted in Cuba, traveler’s checks are not accepted, and ATM cards issued by a U.S. bank cannot be used.  I always say " You can always bring the USA cash home, you can't get more once there."

What should I leave at home?

Walkie talkies, satellite phones, and GPS devices are not allowed, and should be left at home. There is no phone service for U.S. cell phones in Cuba. Plan to be without internet for the duration of your trip—it is available in some Cuban hotels for a fee, but it is slow and unreliable.  We will have a Cuban phone with us if there is a need to call the USA.

What is Cuban food like?

Cuban cuisine varies widely depending on the season, location, and market prices—and is limited by what’s available to the Cuban people. Thus, it includes staples like rice, beans, chicken, fish, pork, plantains, and root vegetables. As seasonings are hard to come by, we invite you to bring packaged spices, for your own use and to give to locals as gifts.

What can I bring back from Cuba?

U.S. Customs rules surrounding Cuban souvenirs are similar to those for other countries. Since late last year, the limits on the number or value of Cuban cigars and alcohol have been eased, so you can bring back as much as you want. We also recommend Cuban coffee and art as a lasting memory of your adventure.

Is Cuba safe?

Yes, American tourists are safe throughout Cuba, though we always recommend using common sense. Please see your Final Documents for more detailed information.

Quick Facts


    Must be valid at time of entry.  You need 6 months on the passport.  USA requirement.


    Two pages are required for entry/exit stamps


    Tourist travel to Cuba remains prohibited. You must obtain a license from the Department of Treasury or your travel must fall into one of 12 categories of authorized travel. See ENTRY, EXIT & VISA REQUIREMENTS below.

  • Camera Odysseys will take care of this for you.




    U.S. credit and debit cards do not work in Cuba. Bring cash to cover your stay. The Cuban government requires that travelers declare cash amounts over 5,000 USD. Travelers should note that the Government of Cuba charges a 10 percent fee for all U.S. dollar cash conversions; this does not apply to electronic transactions or cash conversions in other currencies.

  • Camera Odysseys will exchange money for you..

Earlier Event: February 1
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