© JEFF JOHNSON
The culture . . . the architecture . . . the scenery . . . OMG!!
The inaugral trip to Cuba this past December was so much more than any of could have expected. The scenery, the culture, the people and of course the classic American cars, everywhere. We found ourselves overwhelmed at first by it all. Then, to our surprise, we fell in love with it all!
This trip is beyond words, really all I can say is, you have to experience Cuba for yourself!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - LIMITED TO 10 ATTENDEES
Schedule . . .
HAVANA & VINALES ITINERARY (This is for both trips, March and December 7-14)
Tuesday, March 21
Arrive at Jose Marti International airport in Havana. We will provide transportation. Check in at the Casa de Dayami in Central Havana. We will be greeted by the owners, Dayami & Ediberto Cerventes. They are delightful souls! You will feel very much at home during our stay here. We will then walk to La Vieja (Old Havana) to take the Havana Bus Tour (double decker bus) of the city. Dinner at Casa de Dayami.
Wednesday, March 22
We will walk the streets of Centro Habana to experience the people and their lifestyle, the culture, architecture and the classic American cars) Lunch at Notre Dame des Bijoux where we will meet the owner, world famous ballet instructor Sr. Tommy Reyes Martinez. Portrait opportunity! After lunch we will continue to experience and photograph the people of Centro Habana. You will see the street fruit and vegetable carts, neighborhood markets, butcher shops and more. Late afternoon Photoshop and image critique.
Thursday, March 23
We head to Old Habana to visit the Gimnasio de Boxeo Rafael Trejo, a boxing gym and home of 2008 Chinese Olympic Games Silver Medalist, Emilio Correa. We can photograph them as they workout, spar and perfect their craft with world renown trainer Nardo Mestre Flores. After lunch we will wander over to the Alamacenes San Jose Artisans’ Market. We will finish our walk on the Malecon, the boulevard along the Bahia de la Habana (the harbor), where you will be able to photograph the numerous Classic American cars and their proud owners. We can photograph the Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro and its lighthouse at sunset. Return to the casa for some image post-processing and dinner.
Friday, March 24
We will head to Vinales, (approx. 2 ½ hours). Check in to our casas and hit the town to photograph and have a wonderful lunch. Return to our casas where each owner will prepare your dinner of fresh fruits, vegetables and a locally raised meat. Seriously delicious!
Saturday, March 25
Exciting photographic opportunity as we will be riding horseback into the tobacco fields at sunrise to the foot of the mountains in the Parque de Vinales. It’s a 4-hour tour, start to finish, where we will see tobacco fields, tobacco drying sheds and more. We will visit a grower and learn how it’s all processed, rolled and enjoyed. Be prepared to buy some Cohibas and Monte Christos at a ridiculously low price. (no bands and not certified but the REAL thing!!). We’ll return to our casas for a late breakfast and recharge! We’ll walk the town and photograph the very different lifestyle from what we experienced in Havana.
Sunday, March 26
We will visit the Hotel La Ermita, which overlooks the town of Vinales, the tobacco fields and the beautiful mountains of Parque de Vinales. Lunch in town and more photography in the afternoon. A siesta if you so desire! Return to our casas to freshen up and work on our new-found images. We will gather on the deck of Villa Nene’s for post-processing fun before dinner. I will be showing Lightroom and Photoshop tips and techniques as requested.
Monday, March 27
A return ride to Centro Habana (2 ½ hours) and Casa de Dayami for our last night in Cuba. Check in, find lunch and then we will take a taxi to the Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro. This is the sea fortress that defended Havana from attacks from sea. We’ll tour the castle, buy some rum and cigars, photograph the lighthouse at sunset up close and amazing! Return to Casa de Dayami for a last night of post-processing and image sharing.
Our last breakfast at Casa de Dayami and Cuba. Breakfast will be served depending on your flight times out of Jose Marti Int’l. Airport. (30-40-minute ride to the airport) Probably a 6:30a to 7a breakfast.
There are so many more buildings, museums, people and scenery to see I can't possibly list them all. The food is organic and delicious! The prople are so friendly and glad the US has come to visit. You'll want to bring some gifts with you to hand out to the folks on the street. Tennis and baseballs are great for the kids, they love candy and gum too! Hats, t-shirts, thumb-drives, blank CD's and DVD's are also a welcomed gift!!
Schedule subject to change if I can make it better!
Lodging . . .
Casa de Dayami, 618 San Martin (San Jose) Central Havana, Cuba
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What you will need to bring . . .
It's warm and humid! T-shirts, shorts and great walking shoes. We WILL be doing a lot of walking. NOT sandals because the streets and sidewalks are quite broken up and rough. Difinetley bring sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, sun hat. Bottled water is readily available so no worries there! I recommend traveling light. There is a laundry service at the casa.
Your Investment . . . All Inclusive
- Transportation while in Cuba
- Which includes to/from the airport in Havana
- Taxi to/from Vinales
- Entrance fees (Castle, cigar factory, boxing gym, etc.)
You pay additional:
- Airfare to/from Havana
- Midday meals and snacks, water, soda, etc.
- Souveniers, cigars, rum, more! It's okay to bring this stuff out of Cuba.
Registration NOW OPEN . . . Limited to 10 Attendees!