Planet Cuba Photography Tour (2022 & 2023)

This workshop is organized in partnership with Luminous Journeys

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MAR 2022








Why this photo tour

Your Cuba photo tour / traveling workshop begins and ends in Havana, spending a total of four nights in this unforgettable city. In addition to the iconic places, you’ll get the opportunity to meet and photograph everyday Cubans in their homes; discover hidden places; and take advantage of Tristan’s groundwork to show you some special street photography locations. He’ll have a long list of photography surprises for you, don’t worry about that. ?

From Havana we drive to beautiful, bucolic Viñales, the most highly prized tobacco region in the world. It’s also a great place to experience the rural side of Cuban culture up close and personal. And for anyone who wants to try a Cuban cigar while photographing the harvest, please do so with our compliments!

After two nights in Viñales and a memory card change, we take the road to tropical Trinidad for three nights, via French colonial Cienfuegos. The popular and vibrant city, with its beautifully preserved Spanish buildings and horse carriages clippity-clopping along cobblestone streets, is also home to Cuba’s most lively music scene.


Photo opportunities


The Amazingly Kind & Welcoming People of Cuba!


Live Street Photography Workshop


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Afro-Cuban Music & Street Dance


The Beautiful Rural Tobacco Region of Viñales


Magnificent Spanish & French Colonial Architecture

day by day

Detailed itinerary

Parque Central Havana Cuba


Bienvenidos a Cuba!

Friday, the perfect time to arrive in Havana! We’ll meet today at 4:30 for a brief orientation before going out for a relaxed introduction to Havana street photography. Tristan will offer street photography techniques including how to approach Cubans for street portraits. Then to the iconic boardwalk known as the Malecon Wall, always a great opportunity to interact with the Cuban people and take pictures.

  • 30 min
  • D
  • 2h
  • Private House
Plaza Vieja Havana Cuba



This morning we’ll visit a former colonial palace to photograph beautiful ballet dancers in an exotic setting that just oozes colonial Havana. Then for an exercise in contrast, we hit an Old Havana boxing gym where your doc-as art images will tell a story of the “sweet science” which is such a great source of pride for Cubans. The rest of the day we will dedicate to street, portrait and architectural photography away from the main tourists spots.

  • B, L, D
  • 6h
Havana Cuba



Sunday morning street photography finds Havana quite lively. Eventually we will end up in Hamel Alley to rock & shoot an Afro-Cuban dance show. Hamel is a small street dedicated to artistic expression – painting, sculpture, and dance. After a great lunch, this afternoon will find us in some of Havana’s most hidden corners, even discovering a surprising bit of urban nature.

  • B, L, D
  • 6h
Viñales Cuba


Havana to Viñales

After breakfast we take a 3-hour drive to Viñales, a small town Pinar del Rio, famous as the best tobacco growing region in the world. February and March are special months for the collection of tobacco, the valleys are green and full of activity. This afternoon will go off the beaten path to photograph at a small fishing village, and then to visit the “charcoal burners” for some striking environmental portraiture opportunities.

  • 3h
  • B, L, D
  • 3h
Viñales Cuba



Today we enter the heart of the picturesque Viñales Valley to capture its essence at one of the best times of the year. Farmers harvesting tobacco, twisting tobacco, cowboys on horseback, beautiful landscapes, etc. You’ll even get the chance to puff on Cuba’s world famous export, gratis, right there where it’s grown! For lunch we’ll enjoy a traditional guajira meal in a farmer’s home. This afternoon is small village street photography, then a sunset shoot with fantastic views from one of Cuba’s most authentic restaurants.

  • B, L, D
  • 6h
  • Hotel
Trinidad Cuba


Viñales – Cienfuegos – Trinidad

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Trinidad is next, via French Colonial Cienfuegos. In Cienfuegos we’ll stop for lunch and then check out “real Cuban life” on it’s most interesting boulevard. Arrive Spanish colonial Trinidad this afternoon. The city is considered by many the crown jewel of tropical Cuba, and is the most festive and music oriented city in the country. In addition to the photography w/ Tristan, here in such an artistically rich & fun oriented town, you will have plenty of free time if you so choose.

  • 6h
  • B, L, D
  • 6h
  • Private House
Plaza Mayor Trinidad Trinidad Cuba



Morning of friendly and fun street photography with colonial building backgrounds, street portraits, optional artist’s museum. During the afternoon we will visit the great Manaca Iznaga Tower which offers panoramic photographs of the valley and the surrounding neighborhoods. We’ll then walk one of those neighborhoods – well away from the tourist zones – and have the opportunity to interact with local families and make that special, uniquely Cuban kind of humanistic photography.

  • 2h
  • B, L, D
  • 6h
  • Private House
Museo Nacional De La Lucha Contra Bandidos Trinidad Cuba



This morning we get back to nature de Cubanito, in a nearby jungle where we’ll have the chance to photograph birds and scenes in the verdant forest with a river running through it. There’s a swimming hole at the end of the trek, so be prepared if you want to take a dip! Tristan will have several photographic choices today, and free time is always an option for those so choosing. After dinner Tristan will lead an optional urban night photography workshop, starting at our spectacular colonial restaurant w/ the best piña coladas in Cuba!

  • 40min
  • B, L, D
  • 6h
  • Private House
Plaza Vieja Havana Cuba


Trinidad Havana

Already the last morning in Trinidad, the occasion for us to go to explore the streets of the center and to capture beautiful images when the city wakes up. Then it will be time to go back to Havana. Installation at the hotel. This afternoon we will have VIP access to an Afro-Cuban ballet rehearsal with one of the best companies in town. We will continue with some street photography sessions in the late afternoon until the blue hour. Tonight, an aperitif on a terrace with one of the best views of the city, a perfect opportunity to review our best photos of the trip, followed by a farewell dinner in one of our favorite restaurants.

  • 5 hours
  • B, L, D
  • 6h
  • Private House
Hotel ìnglaterra Havana Cuba

DAY 10


Early morning of optional street shooting and/or portfolio review. Tristan will have kept up with your progress along the way, and he’s more than happy to offer a final overview of your image making with specific advice for continuing on your chosen photographic path. Bid your fond farewells to Tristan and the lovely B & B family, and be ready to be picked up at the appointed hour to catch your return flight (if you can bare to leave!) home. You’ll miss this planet, no doubt. Viva Cuba!

  • 30 min
  • B, L, D
  • 6h


Selected hotels


What you can expect


Included in the tour


  • Professional Photographer & Instructor
  •  All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  •  Accommodation in first choices hotels
  • Transportation in confortable vehicles
  • Modeling Fees
  • English speaking guide

Not included

  • International Flight
  •  Additional meals and drinks
  • Medical Insurances
  • Expenses not specified in the program
  • Tips


Prices & details


Usd / Person

  • Single supplement : 925 Usd
  • Minimum deposit : 1500 Usd
  • 5% discount on your next trip
  • 150 $ discount if you refer a friend
  • Guaranteed refund on D-15 in case of sanitary emergency


Sign in to your photo tour

I’d be pleased to hear from you, so if you have any questions about this photo tour, and would like to sign in, please send me a message.

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Tristan Photographer

What ? How ? When ?

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course ! Workshops are designed for all categories : from beginner to advanced. So if you are novice in photography I would recommend you a beginner photography workshop which is a very good place to start with.

These photo tours are designed by photographers, for photographers… As experts of the destinations, we have worked hard to select the corners that best reflect the light and moments.. Easy hikes, where the days are punctuated by many spontaneous breaks, the ideal way to connect with the elements that surround us and take the time to frame before pressing the shutter release.

It will mainly depend on the main topic of the day wether the focus is on people, landscape or wildlife. We will live to the rhythm of light and weather phenomena. Always ahead of time, from dusk to dawn, playing with relief, contrasts and shadows…

On landscape assignement a typical day will consist of taking advantage of the lights that are present at sunrise and sunset. Depending on the weather and other factors such as fatigue, we may stay a few hours in hotels to devote ourselves to photo post-processing.

Once you book a photo tour, we’ll give you a road book with detailed information including a packing list.  We’ll advise you on what are the best clothes to bring, what practical accessories you might need, and of course what photography gear we recommend. 

In general, we recommend an SLR camera, a range of lenses, and spare memory cards (or film) and batteries. For landscapes filters and tripods are recommended as well.  It helps to bring a computer with editing software. 

Anyway we’ll give you tailor-made information about the workshop you’re interested in.


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