"SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE" PROGRAMS
JANUARY 24 - 31, 2020
APRIL 29 - MAY 6, 2020
"KEY TO THE NEW WORLD"
Get an up-close and immersive view of Havana, a fascinating and bustling metropolis, as we stay with different host families in the capital and meet everyday Cubans in daily life. To understand Cuba one must spend time absorbing this fascinating city, which is celebrating its 500th anniversary in 2019. Only 90 miles from the shores of the United States but with a completely distinct and vibrant culture that is heralded internationally, Havana is entrancing, beguiling and unforgettable. Old Havana, a UNESCO heritage site, offers a firehose of sights and sounds. Our trip will start and end in Havana, a city called the "Key to the New World".
THE MAGIC OF A COLONIAL GEM
We spend three nights meeting Cubans from different walks of life on the cobblestone roads of Trinidad, a colonial town with rich history on the southern coast of Cuba. UNESCO World Heritage site, Trinidad is an incredibly well-preserved time capsule of the early 19th century, when fortunes were amassed in the nearby Valley of the Sugar Mills. Its colonial mansions and cobblestone streets around the neo-baroque main square have tremendous old-school charm. Trinidad is surrounded by natural beauty, from beautiful coastlines towards the south to the Parque Natural Topes de Collantes in the northwest. With an aura of a community lost in time, Trinidad is a sparkling gem in Cuba.
MARCH OF THE TORCHES
WITH JAIME PERMUTH - GUEST EXPERT
Jaime Permuth joins with CW Director Alex Garcia to lead this street-photography oriented tour. Jaime is an internationally-exhibited and award-winning photographer based in New York City who is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and New York University. His i3 Lecture Series has been heralded as an incredible resource of photographic inspiration. A native of Guatemala, he has led workshops to Cuba in the past and will be an outstanding presence for our participants. In addition to three nights in gorgeous Trinidad, a highlight of our tour will be to witness the "Marcha de las Antorchas", a yearly tribute at the university where students march through the streets of Havana with torches to carry the light of independence hero José Martí. It will be an interactive and educational experience. More information below. Join us for an incredible time!
APRIL 29 - MAY 6
HAVANA / TRINIDAD
Our popular last trip during the International Workers' Day Celebration on May 1st was an exhilarating experience for all our participants. We will revisit this momentous day in the life of the country, which offers a unique opportunity to understand the country on a person-by-person level. We will have a busy schedule, from bustling Havana to gorgeous Trinidad. Our tours are meant to provide different ways to interact with and support a wide variety of Cubans and their individual needs. See below for more details about what to normally expect on our popular Havana-Trinidad tours!
DEEP EXPERIENCE, PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE
Our trips are highly curated experiences, enabling you to see Cuba in ways that typical travelers do not. With 40 years combined experience in Cuba producing projects, we navigate the logistical challenges of access and opportunity to arrange up close personal contact with everyday Cubans in highly visual situations. Consistent with the nature of our programs, our participants are in touch with everyday people in Cuba with the goal to support them and their endeavors with our imagery and resources.
On past trips we have met, and photographed entrepreneurs ("cuentapropistas") artists, musicians, boxers, ballet dancers, baseball players, farmers, fishermen, bakers, horsemen and more. This is in addition to meeting the people who own the private homes where we are staying. The trip provides an amazing opportunity to meet and support Cubans and their passionate pursuits, to understand the country in a fun and enriching way and connect meaningfully with the Cuban people. We always try to keep the trips different, adding more experiences and finding different groups of people to support and to photograph.
It's never the same trip twice!
Don't miss out!
$3450 PACKAGE PRICE
Our group will be limited to 10 participants.
CW welcomes both amateurs, professionals and their spouses or companions, although they must participate in the full schedule of activities.
Accommodations are double occupancy. Single occupancy option for an extra $250.
Depending on the number of participants, we will be staying with different host families.
• 7 nights of accommodations
• Professionally hosted, comfortable air-conditioned rooms with hot showers, centrally located.
• All breakfasts
• All lunches
• Professional bilingual tour guides for daily assistance.
• Daily photo guidance on the art of making pictures and techniques of street photography in Cuba.
• Two image review sessions and a final slideshow
• Welcoming and closing dinners at two amazing paladars.
• Admission to any buildings or locations during group activities.
• Air-conditioned round-trip transportation to Trinidad.
• Ground transportation for listed activities and some optional activities that may emerge.
• Havana airport transportation.
• Incidental drinks and snacks during some listed activities.
• A welcome packet with helpful information for a safe and fun trip.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED :
• Round-Trip Airfare from the United States to Cuba
• Cuban Tourist Visa (your visa is purchased online or at the airport in the U.S.)
• Cuban Health Insurance (included in your airfare)
• Airline baggage fees
• Meals and activities not listed on the final itinerary.
• Individual expenses beyond lodging and meals offered by hosts.
• Tips that are not part of group trips or meals paid by the tour.
• Internet or communication costs.