HAVANA & VINALES, CUBA
March 6 - 14, 2019
The culture . . . the architecture . . . the scenery . . . OMG!!
This will mark our 9th Road Trip to Cuba! The inaugural Soul Road Trip to Cuba in December 2016 was so much more than any of us could have expected. The scenery, the culture, the people and of course the classic American cars . . . everywhere. At first we found ourselves overwhelmed by it all. Then, to our surprise, we fell in love with it all! This trip was an incredible opportunity. We met and visited with many Cuban locals, dined with them and photographed their faces and souls. The weather was incredible and the classic American cars were plentiful. The neighborhoods of Central and Old Havana are colorfully eclectic and very safe. You absolutely must join us, even if you have the slightest interest.
We'll spend time on the streets visiting the locals, photographing chatting and sharing with them. We'll photograph the deteriorating yet intriguing architecture. We will eat in the local restaurants and in the casas with the local families. The food is simple but fresh and wonderful. The Cuban people are truly grateful about life and are very friendly and welcoming to us Americans. The streets are very safe as crime is extremely low! Just imagine yourself in this culturally different environment but not wanting to go home.
These Road Trips to Cuba offer so much cultural experiences and photographic and educational opportunities, not to mention so much to see and do that we have added an additional day to the itinerary. This trip is beyond words, really all I can say is, you have to experience Cuba for yourself!
March 6 - 14, 2019
LIMIT 10 - DO NOT HESITATE TO REGISTER
HAVANA & VINALES ITINERARY
Wednesday, March 6 -
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 Habana Vieja (Old Havana) to enjoy a tour of Havana and surrounding areas on a great double-decker bus ride! Dinner at Casa de Dayami.
Thursday, March 7 -
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.
Friday, March 8 -
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.
Saturday, March 9 -
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!
Sunday, March 10 -
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 4-5 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!!). There is also coffee, honey and the local rum to purchase! 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.
Monday, March 11 -
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.
Tuesday, March 12 -
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.
Wednesday, March 13 -
This will be our last full day in Cuba. And guess what? There is still a lot to see and photograph. We can visit art galleries, Obispo Street, Castle el Morro and much more!!
Thursday, March 14 -
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 people 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, baseballs are great for the kids, they love candy and gum too! Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss are huge favorites! Hats and t-shirts are also a welcomed gifts!!
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. We have been averaging around 4-5 miles a day. NO sandals for walking during the day because the streets and sidewalks are quite broken up and rough. Sandals for relaxing in the evenings are a good idea though. Definitley 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. I will provide an extensive list what to bring and other things to know after you register.
Your Investment . . . All Inclusive
Transportation while in Cuba including to/from the airport
Taxi to/from Vinales
Entrance fees (Castle, cigar factory, boxing gym, horse-ride, etc.)
Your additional costs:
Airfare to/from Havana
Midday meals and snacks, water, soda, etc.
Souvenirs, cigars, rum, more! It's okay to bring this stuff out of Cuba. 100 limit on cigars and rum is all you can carry!
The Baker of Vinales
Jesus - The Songman
The Happiest Cuban
March 6 - 14, 2019
LIMIT 10 - DO NOT HESITATE TO REGISTER
Workshop Cancellation, Deposit, Payment and Refund Policies . . .
We must rely on your confirmed attendance to make important arrangements, reservations and payments in advance for your workshop to
be a positive and pleasant experience. If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible.
Deposits & Payments . . .
Your initial deposit is fully refundable within 72 hours of making the deposit. After 72 hours, your deposit becomes non-refundable. The balance of the workshop is due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. If your initial deposit is made inside of 30 days from the first day of the workshop, full payment may be required in lieu of the usual deposit. A payment schedule may be arranged if this makes attending a Soul Road Trip more possible for you. Contact me directly for an installment payment opportunity. EMAIL
Cancellations, Refunds & Transfers . . .
Sometimes you need to cancel a trip. Plans and desires change and we understand that. We also hope that you understand certain arrangements, reservations and plans must be made weeks if not months out from a workshop. Deposits are used to make these arrangements to make your experience a pleasant one. Of course, we wish you to come again and again and to tell your friends about your wonderful experience.
However, if you must cancel, please be aware of these policies. After the initial 72 hours after making a deposit, that deposit is non-refundable.
If you cancel after 72 hours and 30 days before the first day of the workshop, any additional monies are refundable less a 15% administration fee.
If you must cancel within 30 days before the first day of the workshop, all funds are non-refundable so we recommend travel insurance. Check out allianz.com or squaremouth.com for trip insurance opportunities.
Workshop registrations are usually NOT transferable. We will take each situation on a case-by-case basis. If Soul Road Trips needs to cancel a workshop, we will let you know as soon as possible and at least 14 days prior to the first day of the scheduled workshop, and immediately
refund your full tuition. However, we will not be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or lodging reservations. Please do not purchase airline tickets or make non-refundable deposits on lodging that cannot be canceled before the trip.