Photo Tour – Hidden Cuba

 

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An amazing 7-day photo adventure to a vanishing world

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’s 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 ond 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.

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 since 2014 and has been traveling to Cuba for more than 13 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.

Each days program is splitted into a workshop part with Figueredo and into a second part where you will experience the main highlights of Havana including 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,–.

 

Why FIGUERDOS’s Photo Adventures are different: It’s been said that FIGUEREDO really knows how to photograph Cuba. He is not only a tourleader 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.

The “Cuba by Figueredo“ Photo Adventure 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 buses, 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.

Get inspired

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 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.

Group Size

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)

 

Includes

  • 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)
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Local transportation
  • People-to-People activities

 

Travel Information

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.
  • 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 January, 31st): € 4.650,–
Single Supplement: € 600,–

 

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