Photography Immersion Workshop – Havana Cuba

Join me for my first International Destination Photography Workshop March 22-27, 2018 in Havana, Cuba


Photography Workshop Cuba

© Mary Buck 2017 Havana, Cuba

Double occupancy at a private home. Subject to change and availability until paid in full. Fee does not include airfare.
$250 additional for the photography workshop (if paid before 12/31/17. $300 after 1/1/2018)
The photography workshop is optional.
Reserve now before the prices go up!
Deposit of $840 is required to reserve your space.

To make reservations: A deposit of $740 should be made to Condor Tours and Travel. Contact for reservation form.

                                                                                   A deposit of $100 for the Photography Workshop can be made below.


Photography Workshop Deposit

Trip insurance is optional but highly recommended.

Condor Tours and Travel is the licensed travel agent and is authorized to provide “People to People” group tours in Cuba.

The Photography Workshop includes:

  •   “Getting ready” 1 hour workshop in Duluth, Georgia in early March or by Skype
  •   4- 1 hour sessions in Havana, working on different skill levels and a 2 hour session one afteroon. Times will be announced before the trip.
  •   One-on-one mentorship throughout the entire 5 days.
  •   Wrap-up session in Duluth, Georgia the first week of April (after the holidays) to share photos and receive
    critiques. Or by Skype.
photography workshop Cuba

© Mary Buck 2017 Havana Cuba

The workshop will be led by Mary Buck, owner of Lightscapes Portrait Studio and Studio 2.8 Learning Center. She has been a professional photographer for 21 years and has been teaching photography for 7 years. Mary has made two trips to Cuba within 3 months. This is what she has to say about her experience there: “What I love most about Cuba is its color palette of pastels bathed in the glow of the soft, tropical light. Classic old cars are found everywhere on the city streets. The Spanish architecture is a perfect backdrop for photographing the people and cars. The photo opts are endless with the variety of textures and hues. It is truly a photographer’s paradise in a total out-of-the-box experience.”She is eager to teach others how to improve their photography skills on this tropical island. All skill levels are invited to the workshop. A digital SLR camera or a mirrorless camera is recommended. Cell phone cameras are not the best choice in Cuba.

For more information contact Mary at (770) 623-1040 or Condor Tours and Travel (770) 339-9961
The cost is $250 if payment is made before Dec. 31. After Dec. 31, the price will be $300.

Below is the itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at the US airport about 3 hours prior to flight time.

VISA: We will secure your VISA in advance- You will also receive an affidavit to complete; check the box for General License for People-to-People 525-565 (it may combine educational in the same box)

Exchange some money at the airport exchange booth into the CUBA currency CUC (enough for your first day before you get to hotel, recommended amount $200 per person). You should be able to exchange additional money at the hotel. US Credit cards will not work in CUBA

Upon arrival in Cuba clear customs and immigration, gather your luggage and then meet your Cuba representative at SALON D, PUERTA/GATE 7-8. Your Cuban Tour Guide will accompany you throughout your journey. Unless noted, all pick up/transfer/tour times will be determined on site with your guide. After collecting your bags and exiting customs, you will enjoy a Walking Havana City Tour. You will also learn about the different neighborhoods in Havana.

Following the tour, check in at the Private House and the afternoon at your leisure.

Accommodations at Private Home

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2

Breakfast included at the Homestay.

Visit “Fusterlandia”, home a neighborhood of Jose Fuster, known as the “Picasso of the Caribbean” for his amazing and world famous ceramic artistry. You will have an opportunity to have your person tile placed in this neighborhood to mark your spot for perpetuity.  This will be unforgettable.

Lunch provided at El Rejoneo, a true Cuban neighborhood “paladar”

Visit Revolution Square and Revolution Museum, the Cuban government’s military museum of past wars and conflicts

Stop by San Jose market to purchase Cuban arts, clothing and paintings.

Later that evening, you will experience Havana’s famous traditional Cannon Firing Ceremony. The ceremony is held each night at the La Cabaña fortress. The Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña was built around 1774 by the Spaniards to control the access of the Havana Port. In the fortress is a museum about Che Guevara. In 1959 Che Guevara took

possession of the fortress on his triumphant conquer of Havana during the fall of the dictator Batista. Soldiers dressed in 18th century uniforms fire cannon over Havana Bay at precisely 9 p.m. o’clock. It is a historical reconstruction dating back to the colonial era. Back then, the cannon fire announced the official end of the day and the time to close the city gates for the night. Dinner provided at Paladar El Canonazo, walking distance from the Canon Ceremony

Accommodations at Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3

Breakfast included at the Homestay.

This morning trip to Matanzas and Varadero for a nice day in the beach.  On the way, we will have a panoramic tour. We will make a stop on the way at the Bacunayagua Bridge linking the coastal resort region of Varadero with Havana. Located on a small hill, “El Mirador” (The Lookout) gives visitors the chance to enjoy, in all its magnitude, the Bacunayagua Bridge, which marks the traditional border between the provinces of Matanzas and Havana, both in western Cuba. According to experts, the bridge, which is listed among Cuba’s seven wonders of civil engineering of all times, is 110 meters high and was built between 1956 and 1960.

This evening we will meet with a faculty member of the University of Havana to discuss the economic history of Cuba from the perspective of the past, present and future. One hour lecture will also include historical facts about how the Mafia affected Cuban culture. This will include a 1 hour tour of Mafia “hot spots” in Havana. Very, very interesting

Lunch Provided

Accommodations at Homestay

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Breakfast included at the Homestay

Remainder of day devoted to creating art via photography with local Cubans

Optional after lunch, wonder around La Havana and have a cocktail at El Floridita or maybe Ambos Mundos Hotel

Optional night for Tropicana and/or Jazz at The Zorra Azul

Accommodations at Homestay

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Breakfast included at Homestay

Visit an elementary school to visit a classroom. See how a student spends a normal day. We ask that everyone bring at least one lined notebook with pencils for the kids

Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s Cuba house.

In the evening, we will visit the world famous nightclub, the Tropicana Cabaret. You will enjoy watching the glittering spectacle at this beautiful outdoor theater known as “Paradise under the Stars.

Accommodations at Homestay 

Meals included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6

Breakfast included at the hotel as fight time allows. Check out

Pick up by your guide for a transfer to the Havana airport for your departure flight.


  • 5 nights at CASA Privada (Homestay) in are near the American Embassy or Vedado area
  • Private Bus or Van with Drivers for 10 hours per day
  • All ground transportation and transfers for daily itinerary
  • English Speaking Cuba Professional Guide
  • All entry fees for daily itinerary listed activities including Antique Cars tour
  • Fusterlandia
  • One Hour Mafia spots tour
  • Lunch at EL Torre with spectacular views
  • One hour lecture from University professor in Cuba economics
  • Visit to Matanzas and Varadero
  • Visit to elementary School
  • Hemingway House
  • Visa
  • 12 meals 4B- 5L- 3D


Not included

  • Mandatory 7.00 CUC daily driver/guide tip per person for the entire stay
  • Air fare
  • Tropicana show (Can be added)
  • Early check in, late check out
  • Services and food not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages during the meals


  • Rates are per person, based on number of passengers indicated on the rates
  • Based on 6 Passengers
  • Accommodations are per person in double room
  • Prices are subject to change until paid in full.


  1. Remember your Passport and VISAs
  2. Upon arrival in CUBA locate your Representative for transfer service to your hotel if applicable.
  3. Work with your local guide for $ to CUC exchange
  4. CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN CUBA. Make sure to take cash for purchases and for currency exchange.
  5. When in a foreign country your mobile phone may or may not receive coverage and when in use you may be charged a roaming fee. Prior to departure check with your service company for your plan information.
  6. We recommend that you do not use the mini bars inasmuch as their prices are very high.  However, if you do choose to use the mini bars or make personal, local, or long distance phone calls, or charge any other incidentals to your room, we ask that you settle those charges upon your check-out.
  7. Tipping:  We are frequently asked about tipping.  Tips for the driver and local guide(s) are not included and are up to each individual as to what they want to tip. We recommend $3 per person per day for driver and $5 per day per person for guide services. Porter tips are $2 per bag, Maid service at $2 per room night, 10% in restaurants.
  8. Services are contracted and paid for in advance and there will be no refunds if not used.
  9. Confirm excursion times with tour representative if applicable
  10. Limited Internet services may be available.
  11. Please use in room safes for items of value. We recommend leaving passports, IPods, hand held games, etc. in the safe. Condor Tours & Travel and Condor Outfitters are not responsible for lost or stolen valuables.

Your itinerary, to include tours and accommodations, is approved by the Cuban government. Not noted in your itinerary is a daily “People-to-People” encounter that is assigned on site at the discretion of the government that may affect your itinerary. Although it is uncommon, the Cuban government reserves the right to change your itinerary (tours and/or accommodations) onsite without notice.  Your final documents include what we are required to send to all clients visiting Cuba.


  • U.S. Passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay
  • VISA
  • Required to hold travel insurance to cover medical expenses while in Cuba and must be purchased at point of origin – we have included their insurance but recommend additional US company
  • Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel
  • Cuban Departure Tax $28 payable at airport prior to departure


Each client is responsible for obtaining the proper documentation and vaccinations to enter the country (ies) they are planning to visit prior to travel. It is important to remember to contact the airline directly at least 24 hours prior to departure to verify you have the most up-to-date details incase of a schedule change or flight delays and luggage restrictions.


Cuban Photography

© Mary Buck 2016 Havana Cuba

Cuban Photography

© Mary Buck Havana Cuba

Cuban Photography

© Mary Buck 2016 Cuba

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