About this tour
Led by Expert Guide Louis Alarcon. B&B Accommodation. Photograph the Real Cuba.
An emotive paradise with a fascinating past, Cuba brings us a unique perspective of the world that many of us are not used to. On a Photography tour of the island you can zoom in on a warm and embracing culture, natural beauty and stunning architecture. As vintage American cars stutter down the streets, and lively street theatre echoes off crumbling facades, you will have the opportunity to photograph the experience from the best vantage points, under the expert guidance of Louis Alarcon.
On our Private Photography Tour of Cuba, we take you where your typical tourist will not go, uncovering the real Cuba. In Havana, you will get to experience and photograph daily Cuban life, mixing and mingling with the locals at unique locations such as boxing gyms, colourful Afro-Cuban streets and smoky Jazz Clubs. Outside of Havana you will witness first-hand the beautiful countryside and a rural Cuba not seen in the guidebooks.
Because we run our photography tours in small groups (no more than 6 people per tour), we can be 100% flexible with the itinerary, taking advantage of any unforeseen events or developments that help provide the perfect backdrop for photographic opportunities. We think this flexibility adds to the adventure and the intrigue.
On a Photography Tour of Cuba, we will take you to some of the best restaurants, as well as hidden paladares. Even during meal time, you should always have your cameras ready to capture some unforgettable moments at the dining table.
Our Photography tours are designed to take you to the most photogenic locations to shoot in the best light. They are also designed to help you visualize a scene before capturing that magical moment. We aim to enhance your creativity and raise your awareness, so you can leave Cuba with images that you will be very proud of for years to come. Furthermore, you will learn how to study a landscape and approach your environment, the cultural considerations of photographing people that are indigenous to the region and the challenges of photographing in a country that is foreign to you.
This tour is 100% focused on photography, people and culture.
Louis Alarcon (b.1974) is a documentary photographer based in Havana, Cuba. His work focuses on Cuba beyond the stereotypes, reflecting everyday experience of the Cuban people. He works in color and black and white photography.
Louis has been leading photo tours and private workshops in Cuba since 2008.
He is in charge of the international account of Cuba on Instagram (IgersCuba).
Louis started one of the most popular Cuba Youtube channels. Every 12 hours, a video of Cuba is uploaded to his channel that has had millions of visitors
Louis is a member of different photographic associations in both Cuba and Spain.
You can view Louis’ portfolio here – http://photographingcuba.com/photo-cuban-essays-by-louis-alarcon
What’s Included on the Tour?
- A local guide fluent in both English and Spanish. There won’t be a language gap!
- A Professional, Experienced Photography Guide -Louis Alarcon
- Visit some of the most unique and photographic destinations in Cuba
- Accommodation in Casa Particulares (Traditional Cuban B&B’s)
- Comfortable Private Transportation Between Destinations
- Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
- Airport transfers
What Are Some of the Tour Highlights?
- Photograph the people and streets of Old Havana away from the tourist scene
- Learn about taking photos in Cuba. How to interact with the locals and what to avoid photographing
- Expert tuition on a camera’s configuration, colour combination, proper lense use and how to to work with brightness and shade
- Visit a vintage gym in Havana and photograph the special atmosphere
- Meet an Afro-Cuban priest and photograph Afro-Cuban dancers
- Photograph the beautiful landscapes of Vinales, and meet local farmers
- Focus on Cuban architecture
- Visit a boxing gym of a former olympic champion
- Che Guevara Graffiti in Havana
Our Cuba Photography Tour Schedule
Please view our comprehensive Cuba Photography Tour itinerary below.
- Day One: Arrival in Havana
- Day Two: Havana (Old Havana, Vintage gym, colourful markets)
- Day Three: Havana (Afro-Cuban roots and religion, Street photography, Malecon for sunset)
- Day Four: Travel to Vinales (prehistoric mural, Palenque de los Cimarrones, Vinales Villiage)
- Day Five: Vinales (Meet local farmers, visit Cuban families, tobacco farm, lanscapes)
- Day Six: Havana (Classic cars, Cuban families, Boxing Gym, visit painters, atisits and sculptors)
- Day Seven: Havana (Che Guevara in Havana, main squares, visit a well-known Cuban photographer
- Days Eight: Depart Cuba
Our Cuban Photography Tour is run in small groups of no more than 6 people. See below for pricing and tour dates.
USD$2950.00 per person
Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.
We include airport transfers for this tour.
We generally run our Cuba Photography tours in between December and May and can organise them to coincide with special events such as Carnival or May Day. If you wish to take a private tour, this is also possible.
Our upcoming tour dates are:
- 21 of January 2017 (FULLY BOOKED)
- 21 of March 2017 (FULLY BOOKED)
- 28 of April 2017 (Only 3 Places Available)
- 20 of July 2017 (Spaces available)
- 7 of August 2017 (Havana’s Carnival) (Spaces available)
Getting Ready to Travel to Cuba
Please consult our comprehensive Cuba travel guide for all of the information you will need to plan your next Cuban adventure
All photographs shown are owned by Louis Alarcon. Their use are subject to copyright law.
Day One – Arrive in Havana (D)
Today is the tour arrival day and we will organise an airport transfer to your accommodation in Havana. This will be your first opportunity to meet with Louis and your guide to discuss the itinerary.
This evening will also present the perfect opportunity to take a walk along the Malecon with your hosts, feeling the sea breeze and seeing all that the city has to offer.
B,L,D – denotes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day Two – Havana (B,L,D)
Today you will have your first opportunity to capture the lively street theatre of Havana Vieja. Louis and your guide will take you to streets not often frequented by tourists as well as the main squares and points of interest. The focus today is on Cuban culture and Cuban people.
Today Louis will also share with you tips about taking photos in Cuba, including the Cuban personality with photographers and the people and places you shouldn’t photograph.
While you walk the streets, Louis will also take a workshop focused on camera configuration, colour combination, lens us, and how to work in brightness and in shade.
You will also have the opportunity to photograph colourful markets, courtyards and terraces as well as a vintage gym which provides a very unique atmosphere.
During the day Louis will ask you to share with him you photos, so you can discuss and analyse.
Day Three – Havana (B,L,D)
Today the focus is on Afro-Cuban roots and Afro-Cuban religion.
You will visit an Afro-Cuban priest and get the opportunoty to take photos of Afr0-dancers during their daily performances. You will visit the colourful streets of Callejon de Hammel to view Salvador Gonzales Escalona handiwork as a famous cuban painter, muralist and sculptor
Some examples of the types of photos you will take can be seen through the links below:
In the evening during sunset, we will visit the Malecon and the Prado intersection. Making sure we are in the right place at the right moment, in the right light!
Day Four – Vinales (B,L,D)
This morning we will be up early and on our way to the rural township of Vinales. We will have lunch at the Los Jasmines look-out point and you will be blown away by the natural beauty of this area.
Today you will have the opportunity to photograph the Vinales valley, prehistoric mural and the Palenque de los Cimarrones.
Accompanied by Louis and you local guide, you will learn all about the special lifestyle in this area.
The evening provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy local music amongst the warm and friendly locals.
Day Five – Vinales back to Havana (B,L,D)
This morning we will be up early again to jounrey into the heart of the valley. Hear we will meet farmers who are preparing their morning coffee and meet the local wildlife amongst a sea of green back-drops.
You will have the opportunity to go inside the houses of the locals, getting to know the families as you share a local “criollo coffee”.
Be ready to capture memorable portraits and daily scenes of this special part of Cuba.
Take photos of the beautiful Vinales valley until your heart is content and visit a Tobacco farm to see a cigar rolling demonstration and learn more about the local industry.
In the afternoon you will travel back to Havana with Louis and your guide.
Day Six – Havana (B,L,D)
Today we continue to focus on street photography, exploring new areas of the city.
We will focus on the Classic American cars that cruise the streets as well as external colonial facades and families on balconies.
We will visit a Cuban family in Havana to learn more about daily life and meet a former Olympic Boxing champion at his own Gym.
You will also visit the San Jose Market meeting well known painters, sculptors and artisans. This is a great opportunity to view and buy cuban art, finding many photographic opportunities that mix paintings with people.
Louis will always be there to review your work, offering advice and assistance to help you improve as a photographer.
Day Seven – Havana (B,L,D)
Today we will follow the Che Guevara route in Havana. There are many graffiti works of Che Guevara in Havana of which some are hidden and others are not.
While strolling the Che Guevara Route you will visit other points of interest and visit a popular Cuban photographer to learn more about their work and photography in Cuba.
We will end the day with a special farewell dinner.
Day Eight – Havana (B)
Today we will arrange your airport transfer to depart.
Inclusions and exclusions
Eight Days, Seven Nights
2 - 6 people
Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners
Casa's/ Cuban B&B's
Private Transportation between destinations
8 days, 7 nights
Accommodation (7 nights) in official Casa Particulares in Havana (Cuban B&B’s)
Breakfast in casa partitular (our private house)
Tuition : Louis Alarcon
Local English-speaking guide
Private, set Photo Sessions
All local ground transportation in Havana and Vinales
Admission to all public buildings and visits listed in the itinerary.
Coordination of all listed activities
Airline baggage fees.
Travel Insurance (required).
Local Tips for guides and drivers.
Individual house / expenses (minibar, room service, laundry fees, etc.)
Our Private Photography Tours use Casa Particulares – Cuban B&B’s. These Cuban Bed and Breakfast establishments offer a taste of authentic life on the island. You’ll have privacy and security while still being able to interact with the locals as much as you want. It’s a stark difference to most types of accommodation, and you will truly be made to feel welcome – you might forget that you’re a paying guest and not a long lost family friend!
If you have issues with mobility and will be unable to comfortably climb several flights of stairs, please let us know.
- Spaces available
- Guaranteed departure
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- Spaces available
- Guaranteed departure
- Very limited availability
- Tour sold out
Cuba Photography Tour with Louis Alarcon
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About the location payment
For the tours we run in Cuba, we ask that a ‘on location payment’ is made to your tour guide at the beginning of your tour in Cuba. The 'on location' payment is not compulsory and you can pay the full amount of the tour by credit card or bank transfer if you prefer (remember 1USD = 1CUC) . These payments act as a safety blanket for our clients, help ensure our tours run to schedule and keep our prices very competitive.