Date: 07th - 17th November 2016
Few places in the world provide the photographer with more opportunities to create exciting images than Cuba. Situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands, with a coastline that is washed by the Atlantic Ocean to the north-east, the Caribbean Sea to the south and the Gulf of Mexico to the north-west. Although the country is made up of a complex archipelago, the main island, Isla Grande, which lies on an east-west axis is just short of 800 miles long and averages 60 miles across. Our tour will be focussed on the western end of the main island in the capital city of Havana and its surrounding provinces.
From the moment you arrive in Havana, it becomes apparent that this is a special place. It is a city of great contrasts, from the beautifully restored to faded grandeur and practically derelict, every street offers something new to capture your attention. Most captivating of all as photographic subjects are, of course, the Cuban people who are always keen to interact and enjoy being singled out for photographic attention.
Whilst in the capital we will stay in the luxurious Hotel Parque Central which serves as a cool and relaxing retreat from the constant hustle and bustle on its doorstep. Ideally located, our base will allow us to venture far and wide across this captivating city, to photograph the Colonial squares, arcades, decayed balconies, richly coloured 1950s American saloon cars, and photogenic Habaneros.
After three nights in Havana we travel in a south-easterly direction to Cienfuegos, ‘The Pearl of the South’. Here, we plan to spend time exploring the town, with its many fine examples of architecture. The truly beautiful Teatro Tomas Terry is impossible for the photographer to resist, and the wonderful, palm lined ‘Malecon’ is a constant source of images if you are prepared to simply watch and wait. Accommodation here is Jagua hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
Our next destination will be the UNESCO world heritage town of Trinidad. Minute in comparison with the capital, but oozing with character, Trinidad boasts myriad photographic opportunities. Cobbled streets, gorgeous pastel colours, sumptuous colonial architecture and the occasional cigar-toting local make it seem as if we are in the middle of a centuries-old film set. Accommodation here is Las Cuevas hotel on a half board basis.
After the relative quiet of our more rural locations we head back to the thriving capital Havana for two more nights at the wonderful Parque Central Hotel. Experience suggests that a return to photograph the Havana streets at the end of the tour is imperative as by this time everyone will be far more confident with their street photography technique and will be itching to re-tackle the colour, excitement and action which are abundant in the capital.
Cuba is unique, a place not to be missed. The people, the music, the architecture and the overall atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm for life are truly intoxicating. Before long, this very special country is going to change, with no going back, which will make your photographs from this tour even more special – visual reminders of a photographic experience of a lifetime.
This will be Light and Land’s sixteenth visit to this captivating country. This year’s tour will be led by Paul Sanders and Peter Hendrie who will be on hand at all time to guide and assist you with your photography, whatever level that may be. Together they make a great team.
Peter has lived and worked all his life in-and-around North Devon and Exmoor. Born in Barnstaple, Peter served an apprenticeship at Appledore Shipyard as a shipwright. A change of career bought him to the heart of Exmoor in 1988, from where...
It was a life changing experience, without a doubt, due to Phil and Clive, and for the better!!!!
I just wanted to thank you both for all the energy, creativity, determination, sense of humour, fun, skill and attention to detail you both put into making our Light&Land tour to Cuba a completely outstanding and brilliant experience. It definitely goes down as one of my holidays of a lifetime and that is in no small measure down to the great planning, skillful leadership, photographic brilliance and great good company of you both.
Was wonderful that we were free to do so much of our own photography if we wanted to, but also could have done escorted photography if we wanted that. Very clever balance made available to fit all preferences
An absolutely fabulous trip! Thank you!
The number of amazing locations identified was staggering. From the ballet we said 'well it can't get better than this' yet every day it did. Unbelievable care has been put into every aspect of the itinerary from photo locations to dinner plans.
Well - i didn't know what ISO was for, so that tuition was very delicately handled early in the week. Spending an early evening in Trinidad hunting for light was incredibly 'enlightening' about the difference light can make. Hearing reviews of other people's photos is also very useful; and feedback on my own photos was sensitive and helpful. VVV good.
Clive and Phil made it really clear that would could ask for as much hep as we wanted any time. They were always very approachable but also gave us all the space we wanted to get on with our own photography which was great
This was one of the best holidays i have ever had. Every day was better than the last both photographically and in terms of experiencing this amazing country. They bring the whole group together well.
There's as much tuition and guidance as you want, never too much. They clearly invest a huge amount of energy into making sure the trip is perfect for everyone. The 'surprises' they arranged for the group were fantastic (the ballet, the Coco taxis, countless other things). They run the trip with a great balance of activities and downtime. And more than that, they create a fantastic energy and are simply immense fun to be around.
Both Clive and Phil could answer any questions submitted to them on either technical problems with cameras or photographic queries.
Excellent - well organised, tour leaders have extensive knowledge of the locations, very good tuition, and FUN. The ballet school visit was just fabulous.
Trip of a lifetime. I find it hard to imagine how anything else will live up to it. Simply fantastic.