Photographing Cuba - An Island
Stewart Halperin Photography
and Jeff Hirsch LLC
cooperation with Cuba Education Travel
January 8 – 15 2017
LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS
"Half an hour from Miami and half a world away."
Almost a stone’s throw from our shores, Cuba
was until recently off-limits for most Americans.
Now, both Cuba and the USA have embarked on a new
era of mutual cooperation and the beginnings of an
open door policy. As a result, Cuba is on the precipice
of significant change. This is the time to be there,
before too much change occurs.
Cuba offers a visual feast for photographers at
every street and every turn. Its cities and towns
are time capsule artifacts of the twentieth century.
Join photographer Stewart Halperin,
who for over 45 years has traveled the world with
his cameras. A savvy travel photographer, Stewart
has traveled to over 95 countries, spanning almost
five decades; he is a popular photography workshop
leader and has led photography trips around the world
for over 20 years.
Both Stewart’s insights into street shooting
and his modeling of interactions with people we meet
along the way will move you to make the best of the
photo ops you encounter and inspire you to achieve
a higher photographic level.
During the past four years Stewart has been leading
trips to Cuba and has been captivated with this small
Island just 97 miles from our shores.
Joining Stewart will be St. Louis based photographer
and teacher Jeff Hirsch,
who will be available to participants throughout
the entire Cuba journey. Jeff offers that rare combination
of digital imaging
expertise at the highest level matched with a deep
passion for the art of photography. He also has
a gift for "geek-to-english" translation that he
uses to help make technology more accessible to all
He is an Adobe Certified Expert in
both Lightroom and Photoshop, and will lead a post-production
session for the photographers shortly after our return
home to the United States. Jeff is delighted to be
returning with Stewart to Cuba to photograph
more of it's beautiful people, places, and natural
A special itinerary has been planned in cooperation
with Cuba Educational Travel, considered
the top organization for people-to-people travel
to Cuba. This trip will give you an opportunity to
take in the vibrant culture and pulse of Cuba today
- in your heart and in your images.
Limited to only 12 people. Reserve your space now
with a deposit of $1,000.00 before September 8, 2016.
The trip itinerary is included below. Please note
that dates for the post-travel events have yet to
CUBA - An Island in Transition
with Halperin Photography and Jeff Hirsch LLC
In cooperation with Cuba Education Travel
January 8 – 15, 2017
Saturday, Jan 7
Arrive to Miami, check into the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located
at 950 NW 42nd Avenue Miami, FL 33126.
(Later we will have a meeting date to
discuss the program and get ready for the trip.)
Sunday, Jan 8
Mid-day: Arrival in Havana, Cuba (flight information pending).
3 pm – Upon arrival,
we will visit to Morro Castle, one of the earliest
constructed and most important Spanish
forts in the Americas, featuring a great view of the Havana city landscape.
4 pm – Visit a centuries-old home in the Vedado
Neighborhood, where we’ll
have the opportunity to photograph the interior of the home, including the
kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and study, all with their original artifacts.
5:30 pm – Check-in at hotel.
7:30 pm – Welcome Dinner at Paladar San
Cristobal. Located in the
heart of Central Havana, this paladar has a reputation of excellence in both
atmosphere and local cuisine. Enjoy great food while the locale takes you back
to the 1940s and 50s.
Monday, Jan 9
9 am – Socio-economic discussion with urban planner Miguel
whose presentation will touch on housing, infrastructure, investment and restoration
programs. It’s bound to leave you with a better understanding of why
Havana looks the way it does today and possibilities moving forward. Discussion
to take place at La Casa de La Amistad, a 19th century mansion in the Vedado
11 am – Walking tour of the Old City. Wander through the Plaza
a scenic tree-lined plaza formerly at the center of influence in Cuba. It is
surrounded by many of the most historic structures in Havana as well as important
monuments. See the Plaza de San Francisco, a cobbled plaza surrounded
by buildings dating from the 18th century, dominated by the baroque Iglesia
and Convento de San Francisco dating from 1719. Visit the Plaza Vieja,
surrounded by sumptuous houses of the Havana aristocracy from the 18th and
19th centuries. Visit Plaza de la Catedral and the Catedral
de San Cristóbal de La Habana.
1 pm – Lunch and discussion with
journalist Marc Frank. Author
of “Cuba Revelations” and the longest serving foreign correspondent
in Cuba, Frank writes for Reuters, the Financial Times and the Economist, and
is an authority on the Cuban economy. His will offer insight into important
economic, political and social issues on the island and share colorful stories
about being a reporter in Cuba. Place TBD.
4 pm – Visit to Judo training
center, where we’ll learn about this
important community project and have an opportunity to photograph the children
pm – Sunset photo walk along
the Malecon, Havana’s
famous seawall, featuring a great view of the Havana city landscape. Join the
people of Havana, young and old, as they take their evemomg walk along this
popular oceanfront boulevard. A great place for people watching and admiring
the variety of vintage U.S. automobiles that are constantly on parade!
free – dinner on your own
Tuesday, Jan 10
Early morning free
10:30 am – Visit to Christopher Colon Cemetery, one of the oldest and
most prestigious cemeteries in Latin
America, where we will receive a guided tour.
12 pm – Lunch at La Paila,
a simple open air local restaurant specializing in meat and fish.
2 pm – Visit
to local boxing gym, where we will meet with trainers and
4 pm – Visit to the Lizt Alfonso Academy, a women-led
dance company and school for local youth, specializing in various types of dance. We
will watch a private performance by the adolescent dance group, and sit with
the dancers afterward to discuss how they came to join the school and the impact
it has had on them. The talent and work ethic at this school is impressive.
pm – Dinner at Paladar Atelier. This restaurant is equally known for
its atmosphere and exquisite cuisine. The lighting and textures of the house,
which was home to a pre-revolutionary senator, coupled with walls adorned in
modern art, create a cozy, but modern setting.
Wednesday, Jan 11
Morning walk and photo shooting.
11:30 am – Visit to La Finca Vigía.
Formerly the home of Ernest Hemingway, today it still houses his expansive
collection of books. It was here where he wrote two of his most celebrated
novels: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. The beautiful
grounds and bizarre tales from Hemingway’s
many years in Cuba are captivating.
1 pm – Lunch at La Terraza de Cojimar.
La Terraza was originally the village fish market where boats unloaded the
day’s catch to be packaged and sent
to Havana. After Hemingway died, it molted into a seafood restaurant. After
lunch, enjoy some time to wander around, explore and shoot. Ernest Hemingway
loved this little town. He kept his boat, El Pilar, in harbor of Cojimar, and
he used this village setting for his story The Old Man and the Sea, which won
him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.
Free afternoon to explore and photo
6 pm – Private musical performance by renowned singer and songwriter Frank
Delgado at Café Madrigal. Café Madrigal, owned and run
by film director Rafael Rosales, is housed in a beautiful colonial mansion
with the walls lined with captivating artwork. Enjoy tasty tapas and cocktails
while discussing about the nueva trova movement in Cuba. Enjoy tasty tapas
Thursday, Jan 12
8:30 am – Check-out and depart for Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, known for its cobble stoned streets, pastel colored homes and small-town
1 pm – Enjoy lunch at Los Conspiradores paladar, located at the foot
of the main plaza and the lively Casa de la Musica.
2:30 pm – Conversation
with artist Yami Martínez at her gallery,
La Casa de los Conspiradores. Yami has achieved international recognition for
her art depicting the strains of life on Cuban women.
3 pm – City Tour with Nancy
Benítez, a local architect,
historian and restoration specialist. Ms. Benitez will provide an overview
of the city’s history from an architectural, economic and infrastructural
point of view. Photo walk through the town center.
5:30 pm – Check-in
at bed and breakfasts, known as “casas particulares,” or “private
homes.” Since the 1990s Cuban families have been permitted to rent
rooms out of their family homes to foreigners. Featuring comfortable accommodations
and ample privacy, it’s a great way to interact with everyday Cubans.
pm – Enjoy a tasty meal cooked by local families at your private homestay.
9 am – Visit the local Afro-Cuban village “Manaca Iznaga”,
that still demonstrates cultural traits of the first groups of freed slaves.
This will be a unique opportunity for photo shooting and learning about the
Afro- Cuban religion and History. Architect Nancy Benitez will accompany us.
the way we will stop at the viewpoint of the Valle de los Ingenios (Sugar Mill
Valley) for breathtaking photos of the walley and the South Coast of Trinidad.
pm – Enjoy lunch at the Bar Restaurant Esquerra, located in the
very heart of the historic center, it offers a very good food and a nice ambiance.
Afternoon walk and photo shooting.
Saturday, Jan 14
Early morning free
11 am – Depart for Cienfuegos, referred to as the “Pearl of the
South,” Cienfuegos is one of Cuba’s only cities to display French
and Spanish architecture. Housed on one of the country’s largest Bays,
the city offers beautiful ocean front landscapes, and is deeply rich in culture.
12:30 pm – Lunch at las Mamparas, a family run paladar. Quick and simple,
the food is extraordinary and the family that runs it even better.
2 am – Photo
tour of Cienfuegos by the City Historian’s Office,
including visits to the main square, the beautiful
Palacio Del Valle and Punta Gorda.
pm – Enjoy a private performance by the
local Cienfuegos choir – Canticus
Novus, which will perform classics like Shenandoah and contemporary
Cuban hits. This hard-working choir makes evident their passion for performing.
here to watch a recent concert performance by these angelic young
voices as they perform an a capella version of the classic Cuban song "Chan
pm – Check-in at the Hotel Jagua, located in the beautiful Punta
Gorda section of Cienfuegos.
7:30 pm – Farewell dinner at Finca del Mar,
a small, modern paladar overlooking the calm waters of the
Sunday, Jan 15
Morning: Hotel check-out, depart for airport.
Mid-day: Return flight to U.S.
(flight information pending).
Post-Travel (After returning to U.S.)
TBD: Half-day curating and editing session for all photographers
Trip Pricing and Details:
Ground Package*: $4,450 per person
Round-Trip Airfare (MIA to HAV)**: $500 per person
*Pricing for ground package is based on double occupancy, single occupancy
carries a $300 supplement.
**Charter flights are based on current pricing
and are not included in the ground package. This is subject to change based
on resumption of commercial flights.
- 8 night accommodations (1 night in Miami, 7 nights in Cuba)
- Daily breakfast
- Meals (as specified on the itinerary)
- Full time, professional, bilingual guide
- Local ground transportation
- Pre-trip departure information
- Cuban Insurance (health and evacuation)
- Cuban Visa
- Compliance with U.S. Treasury Department regulations
- Speaker fees
- Admission to all museums and public buildings listed in itinerary
of all listed activities
- Cuban Airport Departure tax (25 CUC)
- Round-trip Airfare U.S. – Cuba – U.S.
NOTE: The MIA > HAV > MIA round-trip flight is listed as
separate item above since it is technically not part of the ground package.
airfare to/from Miami
- Airline baggage fees
- Meals other than
listed on itinerary
- Individual house/hotel expenses (mini bar, room
service, laundry fees, etc.)
- Tips for local guides (Recommended tips
for guides and drivers range from $12 to $20 per person per day depending on
Deposit: $1,000 per person due by September 8, 2016
Adam Linderman: (215) 704 4637 – Cuba Educational Travel
Stewart Halperin: (314) 277-1376 – Stewart Halperin Photography