8-day Cultural and Photography Adventure
A cultural and photographic journey to Eastern Cuba. This trip takes us behind the tourist veil into the cities of eastern Cuba. From the hustle and bustle of Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo to the slower paced countryside of Puerto Padre and La Boca beach. Aided by bilingual local guides the trip is designed to explore and photograph historical landmarks and neighborhoods and engage in person-to-person activities with Cubans of all walks of life.
Single Supplement: $150
Deposit to reserve a spot: $200
Limited to 7 people
What is included:
- 7 nights of lodging in private rooms with private bathrooms. 5 of those nights in VillaTere, one night in Santiago de Cuba and one night in a Cuban beach house in la Boca
- All breakfasts and all dinners
- Cuban bilingual guide
- Photography teaching for the interested parties individually and as a group
- Driver and all the transportations in Cuba
- Admittance to all visits to museums and public buildings
- Coordination of all listed activities
- Any airport entry or exit fees
Nov 1 to Nov 9, 2017 Open
When in Holguin our base home will be a large house in walking distance to downtown. The hosts are Tere and Ignacio. Tere is a retired high school teacher and Ignacio a retired cardiologist (good to have a doctor in the house!). They have lived there all their lives and are extremely helpful to guests
Arriving to Holguin airport in late afternoon, check in at Villa Tere, relax, settle in and meet the hosts. Dinner at the local restaurant, walk to downtown. A brief Cuban history class.
A hike ( or drive) to "loma de la Cruz". This is a hilltop area overlooking the entire city. Afternoon trip and dinner to Mirador de Mayabe. Photography class for interested participants.
Day trip to Bayamo. We will visit downtown, the wax museum, galleries, the river crossing and my favorite, the horse carriages terminal where tens of horse buggies and carriages arrive from different places and depart to their destinations.
Drive to la Boca beach. An hour and a half drive through farms and small towns to this Caribbean beach where our hosts have a house. The beach is very peaceful and very Cuban. We will relax here, walk on the beach and eat fresh fish and lobster or turtle meat!
You have the option of relaxing on this quiet beach or take a short boat ride to the other side of the bay and a scenic 20-minute drive to Puerto Padre. Lunch at the local Lenin's restaurant serving fresh fish and lobster. Drive back to Holguin before sunset.
Trip to Santiago de Cuba. This is a the second biggest city in Cuba and it is where the Cuban revolution gathered steam back in the late 50's. We will spend 2 days to explore this beautiful city.
Driving through acres and acres of sugar cane fields and the sugar processing factories in the distance we arrive at the city of Santiago de Cuba. This is the real workers Cuba with narrow streets full of people going about their business. Old pre revolution buildings when the city was a slave trade center.
A scenic drive to the magnificent Morro castle. Built in the 1600's to defend the city against foreign invasions and piracy. The castle being hundreds of feet above the ocean gives super views of the coastline.
Drive to the airport