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?
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:
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.
Glenn Batkin, Creative Director
Creative Director that will provide expert groundwork for more impactful images.
An award winning creative director in advertising, Glenn believes humans are wired for stories. Creative storytelling can evoke emotions and generate strong personal connections to a brand, its objective, and its products. Glenn has worked with some of the world’s top commercial photographers to capture striking images for his clients.
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.
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
All Inclusive fromSantiago
Early sign up $125 off discount by Nov 25th 2019
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.
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.
February 16th: Sunday
Early morning walk at sunrise
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
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.
February 18th: Tuesday
Head to Baracoa
Early departure for Baracoa. On the east coast. The first city of Cuba.
Stop along the way for photo opts.
Arrive Baracoa early afternoon
Dinner local cafe’
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
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
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
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.
Must be valid at time of entry. You need 6 months on the passport. USA requirement.
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
Two pages are required for entry/exit stamps
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
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.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
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..