There is no place like Cuba. And
you can get pictures in Cuba you can't get anywhere else. It is a photographer's
dream. I've been there several times now and I'm going again in March of 2018.
I've got the experience, the connections and the locations. I'm not a travel
agency. I'm a working, professional photographer with experience over much
of the world. A couple of times a year, I put together a trip specifically
IMPORTANT FACTS WHO CAN GO? ITINERARY THE PHOTOS BACK TO DOUGLAS HENDERSON
What you would see, experience and photograph...
This may be the best place in the world for street photography. Havana's crumbling colonial architecture, the classic American cars, it's parks, monuments, the largerst cemetery in the world, the ancient Fort Morro, the very open friendly people, the dancers, the skyline. But Cuba is more than Havana. A lot more.
Malecon. Along the seawall of Havana is a highway and boardwalk where everybody hangs out. A people watchers smorgasbord.
Santa Clara. Che' Quevera's town, his mausoleum is there, maybe the most sacred place in Cuba.
Trinidad, an ancient colonial city on the southern coast.
The Bay of Pigs, where at the height of the Cold War, an American-backed invasion of Cuba went wrong.
Pinar Del Rio, where the finest tobacco is grown and the finest cigars are rolled.
the Mogotes, the unique geological formations that make this landscape so photogenic.
Vinales, considered to be the most beautiful, scenic area of the entire island of Cuba.
THE IMPORTANT FACTS are:
TRIP DATES; We are still working on the exact dates, but our window is the last two weeks of March 2018.
TRIP COST; $3,000.
* Airfare, round-trip from Tulsa(or your city) to Cuba, including one checked bag fee.
*Cuba Travel Visa
*Insurance as required by the Cuban government
*Lodging while in Cuba.
*Transportation on the ground
* an interpreter
* entrance fees to several locations
* some meals
WHO CAN GO?
It is important to me that this trip be a good fit for you. My trips are for photographers and the photographs are what we are after. You don't need to be a professional photographer. But I would expect you to be at least an enthusiast, with a real desire for memorable photos, not just snapshots. You don't need a dozen lenses to go... but you will need more than your phone for a camera.
A non-photographer spouse or friend can go, I'm okay with that...but they need to be okay that the pacing of these trips revolves around the photos. If we need to wait for the light... we will wait.
The trips are...adventures, not luxury cruises. I won't put you in any danger, we won't be hang-gliding or bungee jumping. We may do some mild hiking, but not for great distances. There is nobody to carry your bag or rub your feet. The food is fine; but these aren't five-star restaurants. No massuse.
Planned Itinerary:(subject to change!)
Early February; A pre-trip meeting, where you will get to meet your fellow travelers, learn a lot of details, learn what you need to take.
Mid March(exact date yet to be determined):First Day: We would fly from our perspective cities to Miami, Florida and then on to Santa Clara, Cuba, where classic American cars will pick us up at the airport and take us into town. We will spend the night at the Santa Clara Hotel. The following day our small, private bus will take us to several photogenic places around town, including Che Quevera's mausoleum. Later that day we will head south, through a national forest, to Trinidad,on the coast, spending the night there.
Second Day;: leaving Trinidad in the morning, working our way along the coast to Bahia de Cochinas...."the Bay of Pigs". We'll spend the night there.
Third Day; . Leaving the Bay of Pigs we will go throught Pinar del Rio, spending the morning in and around Pinar del Rio. Visiting a cigar factory where dozens of workers roll the best cigars in the world. Then across the valley, checking out tobacco farms and farmers, horse- and ox-drawn carts and plows as we go.
Fourth Day,. Vinales. The unique landscape around Vinales could occupy a photographer for days. We will check out the Mogotes, and the caves that run through them.
Fifth Day, . After a second night in Vinales we will head on up the coast to Havana.
Sixth Day. Havana. Lots to see, do and photograph in Havana,
Seventh Day Havana. We'll use classic American cars for some of running around Havana.
Eighth Day, Leave
Havana mid-morning, to head back to Santa Clara, spending the night in Santa
Ninth Day, . Fly out of Santa Clara, back home. Yes; you can bring back cigars and rum.
I am happy to talk to you about the trip, no obligation to you.