Photography Workshop – Havana Cuba

Join me for my first Destination Photography Workshop Nov. 30 – Dec. 5 in Havana, Cuba


Photography Workshop Cuba

© Mary Buck 2017 Havana, Cuba

Includes roundtrip airfare from Atlanta to Havana and double occupancy at Hotel Sevilla. (single occupancy rate is an additional $594)
Subject to change and availability until paid in full.
$300 additional for the photography workshop
The photography workshop is optional.
Reserve now before the prices go up!
Deposit of $1000 is required to reserve your space.

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 November or by Skype
  •   4- 1 hour sessions in Havana, working on different skill levels. Times will be announced before the trip.
  •   Wrap-up session in Duluth, Georgia the first week of January (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 July 31. After July 31, the price will be $300.


Below is the itinerary:

Thursday, November 30 – Arrival; Panoramic Havana City Tour; Cannon Firing Ceremony

Arrive at the US airport about 4 hours prior to flight time.
VISA: Prepare to buy your visa at the airport when checking in; up to $100.00 per person plus any airline service fee  (fees may vary by airline).
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 Panoramic Havana City Tour. You will also learn about the different neighborhoods in Havana. Following the tour, check in at the hotel and the afternoon at your leisure. 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 in8th century uniforms fire a 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.
Accommodations at Hotel Sevilla. Meals included: none
Friday, December 1 – Old Havana

Breakfast included at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a walk through Old Havana to learn firsthand about the recent restorations and the historical importance of many of its glorious buildings, many dating back to Colonial times. There are four major squares in Havana which you will visit: Plaza Vieja, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Francisco. During the tour there will be a visit to an Art Gallery where interaction with the local artist will be present. Enjoy a light lunch at the Dona Eutimia Restaurant or Similar. Take a walk up Obispo Street visiting the Ambos Mundos Hotel seeing Hemingway’s room – now a Museum. On Obispo
Street, we pass through Havana’s former banking district with a stop at “ El Floridita” , Hemingway’s favorite bar. Dinner will be at Rio Mar Restaurant or similar followed by a visit to Cabaret Parisien for a show featuring traditional Cuban dancers in their colorful costumes.

Accommodations at Hotel Sevilla. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday, December 2 –Modern Havana and Hemingway

Breakfast included at the hotel.
9:00am pick up for a day of touring beautiful Havana. We will begin with a panoramic tour of modern Havana in antique cars (2 hours) and its amazing waterfront walkway, El Malecon. We will visit the historical Revolution Square, Colon Cemetery and the Avenue of the Presidents, one of the most beautiful avenues in Havana. We will also make a visit to Fifth Avenue, where many foreign embassies are located. After lunch at a Los Mercaderes Paladar or similar, we will continue on to Las Terrazas de Cojimar, the fisherman’s bar that Ernest Hemingway wrote about in The Old Man and the Sea, to enjoy a “Don Gregorio” cocktail . Then we will see Finca Vigia, Hemingways 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 Hotel Sevilla Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Sunday, December 3 – Salsa Lessons; Tobacco Factory and Rum Museum; Fuster Project

Breakfast included at the hotel
Transfer to Salsa Classroom for a 2 hour dance class. Cuban culture itself has evolved from a fascinating blend of cultures brought to the island. Music and dance have always been a crucial part of this mix, and remain very much a part of everyday life in Cuba today. In many styles of salsa dancing, as a dancer shifts their weight by stepping, the upper body remains level and nearly unaffected by the weight changes. Weight shifts cause the hips to move. Arm and shoulder movements are also incorporated. The Cuban style of salsa dancing involves significant movement above the waist, with up-and-down shoulder movements and shifting of the ribcage. What gives the dance its life; however, is not its mechanical technique, but understanding and spontaneous use of the rich dance vocabulary within a “Casino” dance.
To Cubans, a party isn’t complete without music and dance, and salsa is the go-to. Next a visit in Havana to learn more about tobacco and rum production. We will learn more about Havana’s tobacco and rum production. We will start with a visit to a tobacco factory and La Casa del Habano in Miramar, a wonderful cigar shop and must-see for any cigar aficionado. It hits you—the smell of unlit cigar tobacco, earthy and pungent and
remarkably intoxicating. It pulls you closer to the factory’s heart, a siren song that can’t be ignored, and you walk into the massive galleria, the main rolling room. There before you are scores of workers, each making cigars entirely by hand. It’s an unrushed, antique and artisanal process, one that has not changed in any major way for hundreds of years. We will tour the Havana Club Museum of Rum. Here is the best way to get information about rum and all things related to rum production – the Havana Club Museum of Rum, located in the old quarter of Havana. Although the museum is dedicated to Havana Club rum, one of the most famous rum brands in Cuba, there is plenty of information to be found about rum production in general, from the harvesting and milling of sugar cane to distilling and aging. The museum features an authentic mule-drawn mill, shiny copper distillation machinery, casks and of course, a tasting room. Rum has been produced in Cuba for over four centuries, and some of the finest rums in the world are being made here. Visit the Jose Fuster project and the Callejon de Hammel. José Rodríguez Fuster (born August 1946 in Villa Clara, Cuba) is a Cuban naïve artist specializing in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving, and graphic design. As a professional, he was commissary of several exhibitions and was a member of the Cuban Association of artist and craftsmen. Following a stop for lunch on your own, visit the Centro Cultural Antiguos Almacenes de Deposito San Jose. This marvelous restoration of an old dock warehouse has resulted in a gigantic market exhibiting the wares of hundreds of Cuban artist and crafts persons.

Accommodations at Hotel Sevilla

Monday, December 4 – School Visit (bring gifts) and free afternoon

Breakfast included at the hotel
Enjoy a day of People to People encounter with the visit to a school with day to day local activities. Bring gifts for the school children – pens, calculators, school supplies. Enjoy your interaction with Cuban man and woman that study and work on this wonderful Island. Free afternoon to take your last pictures and gather your memories and mementos!

Accommodations at Hotel Sevilla. Meals included: Breakfast

Tuesday, December 5 – Departure

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.

Cuban Photography

© Mary Buck 2016 Havana Cuba

Cuban Photography

© Mary Buck Havana Cuba

Cuban Photography

© Mary Buck 2016 Cuba

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