Overnight Miami International Airport Hotel or similar, near to the Miami International Airport. Roundtrip ticket Miami to Santa Clara and Havana to Miami with VIP check in. Cuba Entry Visas Transportation with air conditioned bus including specialized guides for all program. Personal Assistance. All activities in the program included. Meals lectures and discussions included in the program.

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Day 1

  • Meet upper lots of Recreation Center
  • Depart from Birmingham (US Air Flight)
  • Connect flights in Charlotte
  • Arrive in Miami. Check-in to Miami International Airport Hotel
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Meet Airport Hotel Lobby
  • Depart from Miami (Flight)
  • Arrive in Santa Clara
  • Depart for Topes de Collantes
  • Arrival to Topes de Collantes. Check-in at Los Helechos Hotel
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the Hall of Art and The coffee House in Topes
  • Free time
  • Dinner
  • Group meeting. Instructions on the program.
  • Lecture and discussion about the history and ecology of the Topes de Collantes Nature Preserve, including current programs and uses of existing facilities in the town itself.
  • Lecture and discussion about Photography of Nature by Julio Larramendi.
  • Free time.
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Day 3

  • Hike through the Nengoa trail featuring a walking lecture and discussion about Photography of landscapes, flora and fauna.
  • Lunch in a campesino house
  • Hike through the Sentries of the Melodic River trail
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner
  • Lecture and discussion about Portrait Photography by Chip Cooper.
  • Lecture and discussion about Arquitecture Photography by Julio Larramendi.
  • Free time.

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Depart from Topes de Collantes
  • Visit to a scenic overlook on the road to Trinidad
  • Arrive in Trinidad. City tour with Dr. Alicia García, professor and expert on the history, preservation and restauration of Trinidad
  • Lunch at the paladar Sol Ananda
  • Visit to the Valley of Mills
  • Return to Trinidad
  • Free time
  • Return to Topes
  • Dinner
  • Lecture and discussion about the economic and social impact of tourism on campesino communities by professor José Vázquez.
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Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Depart from Topes
  • Arrive in Cienfuegos. City Tour.
  • Lunch at Paladar El Lagarto
  • Arrive in Havana. Check-in at Hotel Florida.
  • Orientation walking tour, Plaza de Armas, Avenida del Puerto, Malecón
  • Dinner at Ambos Mundos
  • Lecture: Impact of digital photography in contemporary photography by Jorge Gavilondo. At the end, critiques and final presentation rules.

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Group meeting. Instructions on photo work to be done.
  • Three groups:
  • Explore Barrio de Belén and Rafael Trejo arena
  • Explore Loma del Angel area
  • Explore Centro Habana area. South of Neptuno St.
  • Return to hotel.
  • All three groups. Critique/Photo processing techniques. RAW (Adobe Camera RAW/Lightroom). Group 1 students bring 1-3 photos w/problems.
  • Three groups, three routes Centro Habana towards sunset at Malecón
  • Return to hotel for downloading and working photos.
  • Free time.
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Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Group meeting. Instructions on photo work to be done.
  • Three groups:
  • Group 1: Explore Centro Habana area. South of Neptuno St.
  • Group 2: Explore Barrio de Belén and Rafael Trejo arena
  • Group 3: Explore Loma del Angel area
  • Return to hotel.
  • All three groups. Critique/Photo processing techniques. RAW (Adobe Camera RAW/Lightroom). Group 2 students bring 1-3 photos w/problems.
  • Three groups, three routes La Habana Vieja towards sunset at Malecón
  • Return to hotel for downloading and working photos.
  • Free time.

Day 8

  • Dawn patrol .Three groups. Return hotel for breakfast
  • Group meeting. Instructions on photo work to be done.
  • Three groups:
  • Group 1: Explore Loma del Angel Area
  • Group 2: Explore Centro Habana area. South of Neptuno st.
  • Group 3: Explore Barrio de Bel?n and Rafael Trejo arena
  • Return to hotel.
  • All three groups. Critique/Photo processing techniques. RAW (Adobe Camera RAW/Lightroom). Group 3 students bring 1-3 photos w/problems.
  • Conference about Havana and its restoration (Invited Professor)
  • Free walk and shoot Havana
  • Return to hotel.
  • Free time.
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Day 9

  • Group meeting.
  • Departure for Parque de Trillo
  • Santería-Callejón de Hammel experience
  • Back to the hotel.
  • Departure for location in El Vedado. Work with models
  • Groups 1 and 2. Upstairs and downstairs
  • Group 3. Upstairs and downstairs
  • Non-working groups walk and photograph nearby Vedado.
  • Group meeting. Departure for hotel.
  • Work in photos for final presentation
  • Deliver 5 best photos (jpeg, 2000 pix longest side, 72 dpi, sRGB).
  • Final presentation
  • Farewell dinner

Day 10

  • Group meeting.
  • Departure for Parque de Trillo
  • Santería-Callejón de Hammel experience
  • Back to the hotel.
  • Departure for location in El Vedado. Work with models
  • Groups 1 and 2. Upstairs and downstairs
  • Group 3. Upstairs and downstairs
  • Non-working groups walk and photograph nearby Vedado.
  • Group meeting. Departure for hotel.
  • Work in photos for final presentation
  • Deliver 5 best photos (jpeg, 2000 pix longest side, 72 dpi, sRGB).
  • Final presentation
  • Farewell dinner
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