Figueredo’s Cuba Inside
Figueredo’s Cuba Inside Photo Adventure takes you away from the tourist tracks and leads you to a Cuba as it not has been seen before. It is aimed to those photographers who want to experience the real and authentic Cuba under the guidance of Figueredo but also want to explore the highlights of Havana on their own.
Figueredo integrates Cuban friends, their homes and businesses and his own family into his adventures to show participants a real and authentic Cuba. Going to the rural country side with an beautiful restored vintage limousine driven by one of his friends is one of the highlights of this tour. An original and unstaged Yoruba celebration is something that can hardly be organized by any Cuba photo tour operator. It is a very intimate insight into the religious habbits of Afro Cubans which is always denied to the outside world. Because Figueredo lives in Havana he also knows Afro-Cuban families who give their private clues when and where a Yoruba celebration takes place and descrete photos can be taken up to a certain point.
Figueredo’s Cuba Inside photo Adventure is a private tour limited to only a few participants. It will be organized and operated by the German agency „Senses of Cuba“ which is located since about 14 years in Old Havana. In Cuba it is very important to reliable but flexible and to know the people personally you work with.
We work with a small group sizes of maximum of 4-6 participants. We stay in authentic Casa Particulars (Cuban bed & breakfasts). We travel by air conditioned busses, beautifully restored vintage American automobiles or make tours with a private Taxi driven by an old friend. We dine in world renowned restaurants and hidden gem paladars. And lastly, we expose you to not only a truly amazing and authentic Cuba, but the most photogenic Cuba.
Cuba is a tropical paradise with a storied past, offering a unique view of a world few have been able to see. Photographing Cuba gives us a rare opportunity to capture it’s warm people alongside it’s natural beauty and stunning architecture. Laid back Caribbean Island culture mixed with the big-city life of Havana, where vintage American cars from the 40’s and 50’s roll right by you on Havana’s Malecon. Cuba is a candy store for photographers. Figueredo will open your mind to a vanishing world only a few ever get to see. Learn from him how to discover the soul of Cuba by opening the hearts and souls of the local people!
Why FIGUERDOS’s Photo Adventures are different: It’s been said that FIGUEREDO really knows how to photograph Cuba. He is not only a tour leader who drops in and flies out again after one week or so. FIGUERDO has made Havana to his second home: he lives here with his Cuban family.
Volker Figueredo Véliz is not a typical photographer who only travels to Cuba to lead photography tours. He is much more than this. Figueredo has made Havana his home and has been traveling to Cuba for more than 14 years. He is married to a Cuban woman and live an authentic Cuban life and culture. He speaks German, English and Spanish which allows him to easily set up wonderful photographic opportunities. He also integrates Cuban friends and families into his tour, visiting their homes and talking about authentic Cuban life.
This 7-day Photo Adventure
Figueredo’s Cuba Inside 7-day Photo Adventure provides an in-depth exploration of the backstreets of Havana and exotic locale. Figueredo will open your mind to a vanishing world only a few ever get to see. Learn from him how to discover the soul of Cuba by opening the hearts and souls of the local people! And his unique way of photographing ordinary people will impress you. It is likely you may get invited into a local home by people you have never met before. It’s the warmth of the Cuban culture.
Each days program is splitted into a workshop part with Figueredo and into a second part where you will explore the main highlights of Havana including suggested themes like cigars & rum, Hemingway, Classic cars and much more. All mixed with good food at selected restaurants as two dinners and two lunches are included. Companions and spouses of photographers are also welcome. They receive a reduced price as they do not take part in the Figueredo photo workshops. The price for companions and spouses is € 2.950,— (double occupancy). For single supplement please add € 600,–. If you bring another photographer to the tour you will get a discount of 10% to your own price.
Figueredo’s Photo Adventure is for beginners and for professional photographers. Because the group sizes are quite small it is possible to take care for every participant. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. All participants will benefit from a very exciting mix of photo shooting opportunities with the group, as well as the possibility to make their own personal explorations.
To learn about post-processing you should bring your own laptop with ADOBE Lightroom installed.
The aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.
Besides photography, we’ll be speaking with Cubans about daily life on the island, learning about the country’s unique political and economic system and working side-by-side with Cuban photographers. Old Havana and Vinales Valley are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
4-6 Guests (minimum 3 participants)
Come with a camera – and leave as a photographer
Experience / Difficulty
- Beginner, amateur, enthusiast, semi-pro and pro photographers DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
- Busy schedule
- Travel by vintage American cars, taxis and bicycle taxis
- Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking (non-photographers also welcome)
- Travel, people. street, architecture and urban photography
- Meet with Cuban people, artists, business owners, and more
- Professional photographer | guide
- Cuban guide and driver
- Photo walks & discussions
- Small group (4-6 guests)
- Casa Particular (Cuban B&B’s)
- 2 lunches and 2 dinners
- Local transportation
- People-to-People activities
Book your commercial flights to the corresponding airports noted below.
- Arrival Airport: Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) – Transfer time 45min or more. Departure Airport: Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) – Transfer time 45min or more.
- Our adventure begins on the first day at 2 PM and ends in the morning on the last day.
- Cuban Visa: U.S. Travelers will be provided with a special People-to- People visa during their check-in in the U.S.
- International Travelers may require a visa depending on your nationality. It is your responsibility to secure this visa. Go to VisaMapper for more information.
It is recommended that you buy a Cuba traveller’s guide and prepare yourself a little before your trip. Learn about the two currencies (CUC and CUP) and other strange things. It is a complete different world to all what you have seen before in your life – but it is not complicated. The more you know in advance, the more you will benefit from this unique experience.
Price / Payment
CUBA by FIGUEREDO 7- DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE
Photo Adventure Vacation: € 5.195,–
Early Bird (until October, 31st): € 4.650,–
Single Supplement: € 600,–