Travel to the Tobacco Harvest
Havana to Vinales and Trinidad
What is happening with travel to Cuba? Click
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.
Let’s find the tobacco !
When we visit some of our favorite remote places, like Cuba, we’ll be sure to give you a trip with a twist that no ordinary group would offer. For instance in Cuba, we’re not just going to visit magnificent urban and rural areas, we’ll be following the tobacco harvest with some of the most famous growers and cigar makers in the world, across the country, a trip equivalent to being on the ground for the great wine harvests of Bordeaux and Burgundy.
The trip will start in Havana where we will explore the city and it's people. We will have Carlos Rene Aguilera Tamayo as our guide to take us into the culture and the world of Cuban art.
We will drive to Vinales on the eastern end of the island. The valleys of Vinales hold the greatest tobacco fields in the world, which will be in full bloom. The farmers have opened their farms to us to photograph and learn about the famous Cuban cigar. The sunrises and sunsets will be taken while looking over the farmland. The artists of the area have invited us into their homes to listen to great music and talk art.
We will also travel to Trinidad to the south. Stop along the way for a portrait workshop with local farmers.
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.
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. He has created advertising for such brands as IBM, Gatorade, Unicef, The US Armed Forces and Verizon. 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
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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Feb 1st to Feb 9th
All Inclusive from Havana, Cuba
Adventure starts in Havana
Havana , Photograph old American Cars: enjoy local music
Dancers, Boxers, Artist and History
Vinales to photograph the tobacco harvest.
Travel to the city of Trinidad
Group of 10 to 12
Price $3995 (double occupancy)
$300 additional for single room
Deposit of $800
9 days and 8 nights
All Inclusive from Havana, Cuba
Early sign up $150 off discount by Nov 25th 2019
February 1st: Saturday
Trip starts in
Arrival at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. Private transfer from the airport for Havana.
Check into local casas
Walk the Malecon for sunset with camera and welcome rum
Welcome dinner in a local café with local music.
Havana has endless surprises around every corner. Bring many cards for your camera.
There are many evening music and club options that you can choose form.
Sunrise photo walk before
the town wakes up.
Each morning there will be a sunrise photo walk for those who care to join.
Night walks to experience the city
Each night we will explore a different part of the city after dark.
February 2nd: Sunday
Sunrise on the Malecon
8:30 am Breakfast served in Casas
Morning: Walk to the Capitol building area of Havana.
This walk will introduce you to the colors of Havana. The city will be alive and the colorful old cars will be running. We will ride old American cars to get an over all feel for the city and give you a glimpse into the past.
Lunch: The Art Pub
This Café was put together by a Cuban photographer. They serve cold beer and great Cubans.
Explore the squares of old Havana
Work with local Cubans to see and photograph locations from the 15th century
Sunset on the streets with old cars
Dinner: Local cafe’
February 3rd: Monday
We head for the town of: Trinidad, a water front UNESCO city on Cuba’s south coast known for its beauty and a historical importance. Trinidad is one of the best-preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region.
We will stop at a local farm to photograph local life.
Bruce will conduct a portrait workshop on site.
Lunch: On the road
Arrive Trinidad early afternoon to explore the streets
Rooftop for sunset and Rum tasting
Dinner: Local restaurant with music
Evening night walk and music in the square
February 4th: Tuesday
Sunrise town walk
Breakfast: 8:30 in your casa
Walk the city visiting the town square and streets
Visit local artist studios.
Explore the city
Lunch: Hill top restaurant (great view of the town)
Early afternoon, we will head back to Havana
Dinner: In Old Havana
February 5th: Wednesday
Lets go Boxing ( photographing the boxers )
Sunrise on The Malecon: of Havana always has an interesting turn of events with the fishermen, old ships and great light, if your up for it.
After breakfast and by 10:30 we will arrive at : Gimnasio de Boxeo Trejo, boxing gym. The best of Cuba will show off their skills of boxing and create photos with you. I am sure you can join them for a couple rounds.
Lunch at an Artist studio. Working studio with music and great art
Ride in the old cars to visit El Cristo de La Habana (The Havana’s statue of Christ) ending up at Moro Castle to photograph it's 15th to 18th century walls and canons.
Great skyline of Havana and the Malecon.
Return to the Malecon for sunset and music.
Dinner: at local cafe'
Night photo walks. (optional)
February 6th: Thursday
Dancers of Cuba
Flamenco Dancers in the Havana Cathedral Square. These great dancers will make it easy for you to create images with them with a once in a life time backdrops of 15th century buildings. This is always a lively shoot.
Breakfast in a local cafe'
Go to the working workshop Taller experimental de Grafica of local artist to talk print making and work on portraits of the them. Exchange ideas on art.
Lunch in local cafe’
Meet up with the master of renovation of Old Havana. We will explore buildings being restored back to the 15th century. Meet and photograph the students rebuilding these great buildings.
The Old Square has one of just 7 commercial Camera Obscura in the world. It is a great way to step inside a camera and see Havana live.
Sunset on the Malecon with music of local band.
Dinner: Local cafe’
February 7th: Friday
Early private bus ride to the tobacco region of Vinales
We will head to Vinales to photograph the tobacco farms and fields
Lunch with local artist.
Dinner will be a pig roast with our local tobacco farmer. This will be the real thing. Cuban coffee, cigars, rum, music and good food.
Return to Havana
February 8th: Saturday
Time to revisit and finish up your trip projects
The streets are yours. Group travel and or personal exploration.
Bruce and Glenn will take you around Havana exploring and capturing local Cuban life.
We will plan it out amongst the group as it will be our last day
February 9th: Sunday
Fly Home ( or stay… Ask Bruce )
All ground transport in Cuba
Accommodations in Casas (bed and breakfast) including breakfast
Double occupancy: Single $300 supplement
Visa to Cuba
Medical insurance in Cuba (Note this is not travel cancellation insurance)
Entrance fees to attractions listed on itinerary
What's NOT included:
Accommodations at starting off point in US
Ground transport at starting off point in US
Internet or communications costs in Cuba
Tips for guides and casa
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..