Photography Tour of Cuba with Louis Alarcon

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Photography Tour of Cuba with Louis Alarcon

On our Photography Tour of Cuba, we take you where your typical tourist will not go, uncovering the real Cuba. In Havana, you will get to experience and photograph daily Cuban life, mixing and mingling with the locals at unique locations such as boxing gyms, colourful Afro-Cuban streets and smoky Jazz Clubs. Outside of Havana, you will witness first-hand the beautiful countryside and a rural Cuba not seen in the guidebooks.

On a Photography Tour of Cuba, we will take you to some of the best restaurants, as well as hidden paladares. Even during meal times, you should always have your cameras ready to capture some unforgettable moments at the dining table.

Our Cuba Photography tours are designed to take you to the most photogenic locations to shoot in the best light. They are also designed to help you visualize a scene before capturing that magical moment. We aim to enhance your creativity and raise your awareness, so you can leave Cuba with images that you will be very proud of for years to come. Furthermore, you will learn how to study a landscape and approach your environment, the cultural considerations of photographing people that are indigenous to the region and the challenges of photographing in a country that is foreign to you.

This tour is 100% focused on photography, people and culture. Our small group photography workshops in Cuba have set departure dates or can be booked privately on request

8 Nights
From SGD 4,753Per Person

Photography Tour of Cuba with Louis Alarcon

Bienvenido! Welcome to Cuba!

Today is our Cuba photography tour arrival day and we will organise an airport transfer to your accommodation in Havana. This will be your first opportunity to meet with Louis and your guide to discuss the itinerary.

This evening will also present the perfect opportunity to take a walk along the Malecon with your hosts, feeling the sea breeze and seeing all that the city has to offer.

At Sundown; just long exposure and night photographs.

Meals Included: Dinner.

Today you will have your first opportunity to capture the lively street theatre of Havana Vieja. Louis Alarcon and your local guide will take you to streets not often frequented by tourists as well as the main squares and points of interest. The focus today is on Cuban culture and Cuban people.

Today Louis will also share with you tips about taking photos in Cuba, including the Cuban personality with photographers and the people and places you shouldn’t photograph.

While you walk the streets, Louis will also take a workshop focused on camera configuration, colour combination, lens us, and how to work in brightness and in shade.

You will also have the opportunity to photograph colourful markets, courtyards and terraces as well as a vintage gym which provides a very unique atmosphere.

During the day Louis will ask you to share with him your photos, so you can discuss and analyse.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today the focus is on Afro-Cuban roots and Afro-Cuban religion.

You will visit an Afro-Cuban priest and get the opportunoty to take photos of Afr0-dancers during their daily performances. You will visit the colourful streets of Callejon de Hammel to view Salvador Gonzales Escalona handiwork as a famous cuban painter, muralist and sculptor

Some examples of the types of photos you will take can be seen through the links below:

In the evening during sunset, we will visit the Malecon and the Prado intersection. Making sure we are in the right place at the right moment, in the right light!

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

This morning we will be up early and on our way to the rural township of Vinales. We will have lunch at the Los Jasmines look-out point and you will be blown away by the natural beauty of this area.

Today you will have the opportunity to photograph a hidden community of farmers, visit the valley to shoot landscapes and people and their relationship with tobacco, animals and the land.

Accompanied by Louis Alarcon and your local guide, you will learn all about the special lifestyle in this area.

The evening provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy local music amongst the warm and friendly locals.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

This morning we will be up early again to journey into the heart of the valley. Hear we will meet farmers who are preparing their morning coffee and meet the local wildlife amongst a sea of green back-drops.

You will have the opportunity to go inside the houses of the locals, getting to know the families as you share a local “criollo coffee”.

Be ready to capture memorable portraits and daily scenes of this special part of Cuba.

Take photos of the beautiful Vinales valley until your heart is content and visit a Tobacco farm to see a cigar rolling demonstration and learn more about the local industry.

In the afternoon you will travel back to Havana with Louis and your guide.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today you will explore Trinidad and its rather stunning surroundings
Today we continue to focus on street photography, exploring new areas of the city.

We will focus on the Classic American cars that cruise the streets as well as external colonial facades and families on balconies.

We will visit a Cuban family in Havana to learn more about daily life and visit a Cuban boxing gym to see them train.

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You will also visit the San Jose Market meeting well-known painters, sculptors and artisans. This is a great opportunity to view and buy Cuban art, finding many photographic opportunities that mix paintings with people.

Louis will always be there to review your work, offering advice and assistance to help you improve as a photographer.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we will follow the Che Guevara route in Havana. There are many graffiti works of Che Guevara in Havana of which some are hidden and others are not.

While strolling the Che Guevara Route you will visit other points of interest and visit a popular Cuban photographer to learn more about their work and photography in Cuba.

Your Cuba Photography Tour will end with a special farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we will arrange your airport transfer for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Trip Cost

Price per person in SGD

  • SGD 4,753 ~ Adult Twin
  • SGD 392 ~ Single Room Supplement

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in official Casa Particulares in Havana (Cuban B&B’s)
  • Breakfast in Casa Particular (our private house)
  • Lunches and Dinners in local restaurants
  • Photography Tuition : Louis Alarcon
  • Private, set Photo Sessions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • All local ground transportation in Havana and Vinales
  • Admission to all public buildings and visits listed in the itinerary.
  • Coordination of all listed activities

Exclusions

  • Air passage to/from Havana
  • Cuban visa, where required
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal expenditure such as soft/hard beverages at meal times, phone calls, internet access, laundry, etc.
  • Tipping for guides and drivers, and other service providers

What can you expect?

  • A local guide fluent in both English and Spanish. There won’t be a language gap!
  • A professional, experienced photography guide - Louis Alarcon
  • Visit some of the most unique and photographic destinations in Cuba
  • Accommodation in Casa Particulares (traditional Cuban B&B’s)
  • Comfortable private transportation between destinations
  • Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
  • Airport transfers

What are some of the Highlights?

  • Photograph the people and streets of Old Havana away from the tourist scene
  • Learn about taking photos in Cuba. How to interact with the locals and what to avoid photographing
  • Expert tuition on a camera’s configuration, colour combination, proper lense use and how to to work with brightness and shade
  • Visit a vintage gym in Havana and photograph the special atmosphere
  • Meet an Afro-Cuban priest and photograph Afro-Cuban dancers
  • Photograph the beautiful landscapes of Vinales, and meet local farmers
  • Focus on Cuban architecture
  • Visit a boxing gym to see up and coming Cuban boxers train
  • Che Guevara Graffiti in Havana

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  • Jan 25, 2019

Who is Louis Alarcon?

Louis Alarcon (b.1974) is a bilingual documentary photographer based in Havana, Cuba. His tour focuses on Cuba beyond the stereotypes, reflecting the everyday experience of the Cuban people. He works in colour and black and white photography.

Louis has been leading photo tours and private workshops in Cuba since 2008.

He is in charge of the international account of Cuba on Instagram (IgersCuba).

Louis started one of the most popular Cuba Youtube channels. Every 12 hours, a video of Cuba is uploaded to his channel that has had millions of visitors

Louis is a member of several photographic associations in Cuba, USA and Europe.

You can view Louis’ portfolio.