Santiago de Cuba, the Oriente of Cuba.

Package includes air travel roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale-Holguin, lodging, visa, most transportation in Cuba, two local guides, several group meals, exciting daily photographic itinerary, photographic workshop, and critique sessions led by Peter Turnley. The workshop takes place in Santiago de Cuba, with an exciting day trip outside of Santiago to the beautiful city of Bayamo.

April 5-11, 2017 – Full Package Price: $3,975

This workshop will be limited to 7 participants.
If interested please register as soon as possible as the workshop should fill-up quickly. 

To register please email Laura Adams of Cuba Cultural Travel, who handles all registration, hotels, travel, visas, and payment. Please be sure to indicate in your email the date of the workshop that you are interested in attending.

Peter Turnley is a renowned and award-winning photojournalist who has been photographing life in Cuba for the past 30 years, and has been leading very successful Cuba workshops for the past 5 years. Please see this exciting video of a selection of Peter Turnley's photographs from his book, Cuba: A Grace of Spirit.

The Workshop

Join Peter Turnley for a very exciting 7 day photography workshop in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second largest city on it’s eastern coast, home of so much of Cuba’s music and dance traditions and roots. Santiago de Cuba is one of the most dynamic, colorful, musical, spiritual and lively cities on earth. Almost all roots of Cuban music and dance has origins from the Afro-Caribbean culture of this amazing city.

The workshop will also spend one day in Bayamo, a beautiful provincial city of the Oriente of Cuba with historic architecture, and old style living with thousands of horse drawn carriages for local transportation.

This workshop will be limited to 7 participants and all participants and Peter Turnley and his excellent Cuban photographer assistants, will stay in the same casa particular in the historic center of Santiago.

During the week of the workshop, participants will be exposed to the very dynamic and colorful life of Santiago de Cuba, and will explore the streets, markets, dance halls and public squares, famous churches such as El Cobre (Cuba’s most famous church, cemetery where Jose Marti and Fidel are buried, and much more.

All participants will fly from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 5th to Holguin, and will be met by cars and drivers that will take the group directly to Santiago de Cuba. The group will return to Holguin on the morning of April 11 and return to Fort Lauderdale.

During the week there will be daily review sessions of participants photographs and the week will end with a final show of a 15 image photo story to be edited by Peter Turnley of everyone’s photographs.

Package Prices: $3,975

This price includes tuition, roundtrip airfare from Ft. Lauderdale to Holguin, single accommodations for six nights in Santiago, breakfast daily plus two group dinners, transportation for day trip to Bayamo, airport transfers, all visas and licenses, and tuition. A $45 application fee will also be charged. Airfare to Ft. Lauderdale and hotel accommodations in Fort Lauderdale are not included.

Cuban Authorities have mandated that all tourists entering Cuba carry health insurance and emergency evacuation coverage. This coverage is included as part of your airfare through the charter company. This coverage will pay your medical expenses up to 25,000 CUC and pay up to 7,000 CUC for repatriation or transportation.

You may choose to purchase additional coverage through a U.S. insurance provider - especially travel cancellation insurance or for travelers over the age of 80.

What is Not Included?

Any optional event that requires an admission fee. Such as museums, night clubs, a baseball game, etc. Meals and beverages - except breakfasts at the casa particular and the two group dinners. Individual guides and translators Individual transportation within Cuba for optional activities. All expenses of a personal nature such as phone, laundry, internet access, etc. Tips for drivers, guides, hotel staff, restaurants, etc. Travel/cancellation insurance. Any excess baggage charges. Cost of obtaining a passport. Any additional cost(s) not included in the itinerary.

Camera Gear and Technology

Participants will need to bring a digital SLR or rangefinder camera, a laptop computer, and a thumb drive. Two camera bodies are recommended, with a minimum of at least one wide-angle lens such as a 17-35mm zoom, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, or 50mm. Students may bring longer lenses as well, but Peter will strongly encourage participants to use a wide angle lens in order to get close to the subject, which allows a sense of context, environment, and intimacy. A wide-angle lens that is relatively fast and has a wide aperture (1.4, 1.8, 2, or 2.8) is encouraged in order to photograph in low light situations. It is recommended that participants bring extra memory cards, extra camera batteries, and all necessary battery chargers for their equipment.

Students will need to know how to transfer the photographs they make each day onto their laptop computer. Each day, participants will bring a selection of their favorite photographs, or those they’d like to discuss, in a folder on a thumb drive, to the daily photo review and critique sessions. Students are encouraged to use image management software for this selection process. Peter recommends PhotoMechanic, however other programs such as Apple’s Aperture, or Adobe Lightroom may be used. PhotoMechanic can be downloaded for a free trial basis from

Students will be encouraged to choose from the outset if they want to show their work in color or in black and white, and they will be encouraged to stick to their choice of one of the other throughout the workshop.

Final Group Show and Portfolios of Past Work

At each photo critique and review session, Peter will work with each photographer to make a “selects” folder of their most successful images. At the end of the week, Peter will select with each photographer from this overall “selects” folder, a final individual photo story of 15 images, which will be seen as part of a group final show during the last workshop session.

Each participant should also bring a portfolio of a selection of their past work. Approximately 30 photographs are recommended, and they may be brought in a folder on a thumb drive, or as a selection of prints. Students’ portfolios of past work will also be shared during the final session of the workshop.

April 5-11, 2017- package price $3,975


Enrollment: 7 maximum. Spots will be held on a first come basis. It is expected that there will be high interest in this trip so if you would like to hold a spot; it is recommended that you send an email stating your intention to attend to Laura Adams of Cuba Cultural Travel.

You will then receive instructions how to proceed to register and make payment. Registration and payment will be handled by Cuba Cultural Travel . Registrations are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis and your spot is held only once a payment has been received. Please be advised, for travel to Cuba, your passport must be valid up to at least 6 months AFTER the dates of travel.

Note: Participants will be required to make their own travel arrangements for arriving to and from Ft. Lauderdale.

This program is organized and operated by Cuba Cultural Travel, in consultation with, and escorted by Peter Turnley.

To register please email Laura Adams of Cuba Cultural Travel, who handles all registration, hotels, travel, visas, and payment. Please be sure to indicate in your email the date of the workshop that you are interested in attending.


See Student Galleries from past workshops.

See Testimonials from past workshop.


Peter Turnley is an internationally renowned photographer. His photographs have been on the cover of Newsweek Magazine 43 times, he has published a celebrated book of photographs about Cuba, Cuba: A Grace of SpiritHe is the first American photographer to be offered a major retrospective exhibition, Moments of the Human Condition, at Cuba's most important museum, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. 


© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

 Photos of Yudaisi and Peter - Cuba July 2016

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley