Join our tour group The Slanted Lens on this photographic exploration to Cuba capturing colour, cultures, faces, traditions and the raw essence and aesthetic beauty of the Cuban people.
In addition to being guided to prime locations at the best times, our photographer will teach you how to shoot great images with nothing held back.
Plan on bringing a laptop computer for critique and post-processing sessions where you will be shown how to process photographs to ready them for print or display on the internet.
The small group (maximum of 10 participants per tour) allows our lead photographer to focus on each person throughout the duration of the tour.
In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our week together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun.
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The Government of Cuba decided last February 16, that all travelers, foreign and Cuban living abroad, coming to the island from May 1, 2010 and thereafter shall take out a medical insurance policy.
To meet such requirement, travelers shall have a travel insurance which covers medical expenses or a policy for medical expenses with coverage in Cuba.
The insurance policy should be taken out at the home country of departure. Travelers, who, exceptionally, do not have insurance at arrival, could take out a policy of insurance and assistance from Cuban insurance companies at the airport, port or marina. Havana Tours is an authorised distributor of SureSave travel insurance. Click on the insurers logo to purchase travel insurance.
Upon demand after their arrival, travelers shall present a policy, insurance certificate or traveling assistance card valid for the time span they will stay in Cuba.
It is recommended that travellers should have the following vaccinations for Hepatitis A / Tetanus - Refer to your local GP
All visa's can be arranged at the Cancun Airport prior to arriving into Havana visa for USD$100.00 or it can be obtained from the Cuban Embassy in Canberra. The visa allows you to stay 30 days in Cuba and can be extended for another 30 days from within Cuba.
How to apply for a tourist visa to visit Cuba
Please contact the Cuban Consulate in Canberra
Ph: 02 6290 2151
Opening hours: Tue- Fri from 9-12
Australians, New Zealanders and most European citizens require a visa to visit Cuba. A Cuban visa is granted as a loose leaf document. The loose leaf document is not attached to the passport nor is the passport stamped. The visa does not have an expiry date but once you enter the country you will be allowed to stay for 30 days. For more than 30 days an extension may be granted by applying to the immigration authorities in Cuba.
Spanish is the Cuban language. There is enough English in Cuba for you to get by, but for more complex communication you might need an interpreter.
The main international airport is Jose Marti in Havana. It is about 35 mins drive from the city centre. There are also international airports at Varadero and Camaguey and quite a number of domestic airports.
Australian and U.S dollars can be converted to the local Cuban currency at the Airport or at most Cuban banks. The Cuban government charges a tax of about 10% for converting foreign currencies into Convertible Peso. The best cash currency to bring to Cuba is Euros.
No U.S Visa and MasterCard are accepted in Cuba however all international credit cards and can be used at many retail outlets. There are ATMs in major cities and towns and you can withdraw up to 400 convertible pesos at a time. At international banks and some of the larger hotels you can withdraw larger sums, but you need your passport for identification.
Food and Beverage
The Cuban national dish is pork, black beans and rice; and it is delicious. Most Cuban dishes are spicy but not hot – they don’t use chilis. Other specials are Tamales (Processed corn with pork), Congri (Rice and black beans), Ropa Vieja (Spicy Stringed beef), and Yuca (Cassava).
The national drink is rum and they are experts at making many varieties. Many rum connoisseurs believe Cuban rums are the worlds best. Try a Mojito!
* ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS
*Note: Tour operator reserves the right to change accommodations and schedule as local conditions prescribe. We ask you to remain flexible as your hosts in Cuba do their best to ensure your comfort and that the goals of your visit are realized. Please keep in mind that you are traveling to an embargoed country that shares its scarce resources with its citizens as well as with its visitors.
Hotel Tejadillo / Old Havana
Hotel Brisas Trinidad / Trinidad
Hotel Palacio Azui / Cienfuegos
*Single Supplement Available Upon Request
Photography Locations and Inclusions
Seasonality and Weather
The month of May in Havana is filled with a lot of bright sunshine, rising temperatures and an increase in precipitation. By the start of May, the tourism high season in Havana is over, and while the temperatures are higher, there is a quieter atmosphere that settles across the capital city. Due to the drop in tourism, May is a month of deals and discounts on flights, accommodation, car rentals and resorts. It can be a great month to visit Havana before the high temperatures and possible hurricanes of summer arrive.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Private land transport is provided in addition to many walking tours on uneven surfaces.
Mid-range (3.5 star), well-located, heated, simple hotels and inns throughout. Many are smaller properties (2-3 story) and may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub). Porters may be available, though you must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.
Staff and Support
Photography tour leader, tour guide and 2-support staff.
* Prices and Inclusions are correct at time of issue and are subject to change without notification