Experience & Photograph* Cuba!
while supporting the Cuban People.
5 Days $2,499 10 Days $3,499
INCLUDING FREE AIRFARE!*
if you book 30+ days before your trip
Join American Forests' first Artist-in-Residence Chuck Fazio for 5-10 amazing days in Cuba experiencing it like a local and shooting it like a pro, all the while supporting the Cuban people!
Our trips are total Cuban immersion experiences. You will live, eat and be a part of some wonderful Cuban families. You will experience Cuba as they do, seeing for yourself the changes being made in that country.
You'll also show Cubans what it means to be an American.
You'll meet artists and homemakers. You'll experience the best of Cuban music and art.
And you'll help.
Each of our guests is required, in fulfillment of the OFAC license we use, to bring a suitcase full of ANYTHING- old clothes, OTC medicines, toys - literally anything to give to our Cuban host families. The purpose is to help them and to show Cubans the basic altruism of an American.
We'll learn the culture by walking the backstreets of La Habana and traveling the countryside to the verdant valleys of Vinalis to the west and the national parks of Zapata and Topes de Collantes towards the south and east. And we'll explore the history of the Bay of Pigs and the colonial period in Trinidad.
We'll see and do things few American ever have.
And the whole time, we'll be photographing the people, the culture, the architecture and the food.
YOU CAN'T "VACATION" in CUBA but you can certainly have a lot of fun experiencing and helping its people and enjoying is natural beauty.
*This experience is NOT just for photographers but for anyone who wants to experience Cuba. If you don't take pictures, you can be the subject of ours so imagine leaving from your trip and having dozens of professional photographs of it!
Space is VERY limited to 3-5 people per trip for a truly intimate learning experience.
5 day trips are generally from Thursday afternoon to Monday afternoon. 10 days trips extend to the following Saturday.
October 25-31 5 Days $1,900
October 25 - Nov. 3 9 Days $2,900
Dec. 29 - Jan 2 5 Days $2,999 NEW YEARS!
Dec. 29- Jan 6, 2019 9 Days $3,499
Feb. 28 - March 4 5 Days $2,499
Feb. 28 - March 9 10 Days $3,499
April 5 Days Dates TBA
April 10 Days Dates TBA
RT air (up to $500 ), visa, accommodations at casa particulars, taxis, and photo instruction.
It's highly suggested you purchase our meal & beverage plan. The plan includes breakfast, dinners and most beverages throughout your stay and is only $325 for the 5-day and $550 for the 10 day trip.
You'lI feel incredibly safe the entire trip. In fact, people have said they feel safer in Havana than in any other major city. On previous trips, there were no hassles with the authorities who did nothing but help when needed. The Cuban people and the authorities are friendly towards Americans.
The joy of this trip is that is it an authentic Cuban experience. You'll enjoy sitting in the park in the downtown area, simply people watching and talking to Cubans who are thrilled to meet an American.
Yes, tons to see but the joy of the trip is to do the mundane and just experience life as it's lived in Cuba. We will visit most every place you see in the slide show above.
One caution is there isn’t a hospital on every corner and services can be remote. Get a heart attack and help isn’t 5 minutes away. You agree to take on all the responsibility of the trip.
If you have done any research on Cuba and there is something you think would be cool to see, let me know Let me know ASAP if you want to go by emailing me.
Is it legal to visit Cuba?
Yes. Our visit falls under the "Support of the Cuban People" license and as a requirement you will need to bring a suitcase of such things as clothes, toys, OTC medicines, school supplies, etc.
What about money?
Your USD will be converted to the Cuban CUC. Although it's 1CUC/1USD, there are significant conversion fees. You should bring at least $500 in cash.
Where do we stay?
We will stay in what are called casa particulars, essentially people's homes. We know the people we stay with and over and over again, our guests say staying with our families is the best part of the trip.
What does my fee cover?
Airfare and your visa, accommodations, taxis and photo instruction. Entrance fees to Tropicana Cabaret, Gran Teatro and other optional activities like horse back riding are not covered,
Please call Chuck directly if you have any questions. (703) 801-0700