Rad A. Drew Photography: Inside Cuba 2020!

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Inside Cuba 2020!

Havana and Vinales

January 31 – February 8, 2020


Rad A. Drew

Only 5 Participants

Vinales Farm Family, © Rad A. Drew

Ramses Batista and I will be co-leading this workshop!

Ramses and I are so looking forward to working together again and to sharing this experience with you.



© Ramses Batista
(Before you read this description or decide about this or any trip to Cuba, you might want to read my post, Traveling and Photographing in Cuba Today. In the post, I try to not only describe my trips, but also to clear up some common misconceptions about traveling to Cuba today.)

Join Ramses and me for 7 days and 8 nights in Old Havana and the farm regions near Vinales. This workshop is for both traditional and iPhone photographers at all levels of experience. Together we'll visit known locations and people, and also discover new places and subjects to photograph.

Tobacco Farmer, Vinales Valley
© Rad A. Drew

Clouds over Vinales Valley, Infrared Image
© Rad A. Drew

The trip consists of a total of 8 nights; 2 nights in Havana, 4 nights in rural, agricultural Cuba, and 2 nights back in Havana. We will ensure an intimate, authentic experience of Cuba that does not (with rare exception) include the standard tourist locations. We are travelers and visitors, rather than tourists.  You'll have opportunities to truly experience Cuba and interact with her people in meaningful ways that will inform your photographic approach and positively influence your results. 

Ramses and I will guide you and be accessible to you throughout the trip. While in Havana, you will photograph ballet dancers from the Cuban National Ballet. And most importantly, you will see places and meet people that you wouldn't otherwise encounter.

Making Charcoal, Vinales
© Rad A. Drew
After 2 nights in Havana, we’ll travel to rural, agricultural areas in the famous Vinales Valley. We’ll visit farmers and their families, some who are friends who I've met through Ramses’s on previous trips, and who we have photographed before, and some who we will discover as we seek new photo opportunities while traveling the rural countryside. 

© Ramses Batista
Ramses and I will support you in obtaining wonderful portraits, landscapes, and other images from this region, and, we'll be there to support you as much or as little as you need, depending on your skill level. We'll share not only photography methods and techniques, but also ensure access to marvelous people and locations to photograph.

Vinales Valley, © Rad A. Drew

 Only five (5) participants on this trip! 

After leading groups as large as 15 and as small as 3, I've concluded that it's best to see Cuba as part of a smaller group. A small group allows us to travel in a smaller vehicle which gives us access to some locations a larger vehicle can't navigate, and we have opportunities only a smaller group can have.

We’ll stay in Casas in both Havana and in the Vinales area. Rooms are modest, but clean, with AC and a private bath. Some we've stayed in before, some may be new to us, but all are vetted by our friends in Havana.

Patricia, Cuban National Ballet, © Rad A. Drew
© Ramses Batista

Cost $5,495
A non-refundable $500 deposit will hold your spot.
Balance due 60 days prior to the trip.

(Click here to email me for registration instructions)

The trip includes the following:
  • Ground transport to and from the airport in Havana (we’ll pick you up and drop you off)
  • 87 CUC ($100 USD worth of local currency) upon arrival at the airport (to make sure you have cash until we have an opportunity to exchange money)
  • Breakfast and Dinner each day (Lunch on your own)
  • Lodging in Casas in Havana and Vinales area
  • Ground transportation
  • Fees for photographing dancers and models
  • Fees for horseback riding
Not included:
  • airfare to/from Havana
  • travel visa (purchased at airport or from agency, usually $100 or less depending on your airline)
  • lunches 
  • gratuities
  • alcohol
  • Trip insurance (in the event you can’t travel)

Dani and Ely of the Cuban National Ballet
© Rad A. Drew


(NOTE: The itinerary is a guideline, always subject to change based on weather, etc.)

Friday, Jan 31 – Saturday, Feb 1 – in Havana

Sunday, Feb 2 – Wednesday, Feb 5 – in Vinales

Thursday, Feb 6 – Friday, Feb 7 – Havana

Jan 31: Arrival Havana, check into houses, briefing before walking along the Prado and Malecon. Dinner in Havana

Feb 1: Morning shoot with dancers. Lunch in Old Havana. Afternoon with Dancers and/or shooting in Old Havana. Dinner at Ramses' Studio.

Feb 2: Morning session with Dancers, lunch at the studio followed by departure to Vinales.

Feb 3, 4, 5: A variety of photographic experiences including portraiture and landscapes while exploring the beauty of the farm fields and mogotes of Vinales Valley. Part of one day will be spent on horseback in remote regions.

Feb 6: Return to Havana- Shooting along the way home, dinner in Havana

Feb 7: Morning shoot – could be Cemetary Colon, Callejon de Hamel Sunday Rhumba, Ballet School, El Morro, or Old Havana Sunday Market. Free time in the afternoon. Farewell dinner at Julio’s in Playa Baracoa.

Feb 8: Flight home

Che, Old Havana
© Rad A. Drew

Terms and Conditions 

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking. Once fees are paid-in-full cancellation penalties apply.


60 Days prior to arrival date, deposit $500.00
59 to 45 days prior to arrival date - 50% of total cost.
44 days to arrival date - 100% of total cost 

Click here to email me for registration instructions