Travel to Cuba is approved for all participants on this tour who will be part of a group People-to-People Educational Exchange Travel authorized under the new US regulations as of Nov. 10, 2017.  This tour, led by Peter Turnley, is organized and operated exclusively by Cuba Cultural Travel, a licensed US tour operator with more than 20 years of experience leading tours to Cuba. All participants will receive a letter from Cuba Cultural Travel authorizing travel to Cuba under the group People-to-People Educational Exchange travel category of US OFAC Travel regulation for authorized travel to Cuba. 


Cuba Photography Workshop

Santiago, Bayamo, and the Oriente of Cuba.

This is a new exciting Cuba workshop with homestay lodging and new low package price. 

Apr 4-10, 2018 – Full Package Price: $3,775

Workshop details below.



The Santiago, Bayamo,and the Oriente workshop is a fabulous opportunity for photographer that would like to expand their knowledge and photographic portfolio to Cuba’s second largest city and amazing region of the Oriente. 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 have origins from the Afro-Caribbean culture of this amazing city. For any true understanding of Cuban life, a visit to Santiago is essential to have a complete picture of the country. 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. 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, public squares, and famous churches such as El Cobre (Cuba’s most famous church and cemetery where Jose Marti and Fidel are buried) 

 All participants,Peter Turnley, and his excellent Cuban photographer assistants will stay in  charming home stay casa particular, including daily breakfast, air-conditioned rooms with shower and hot water, large double beds in the historic center of Santiago. The workshop is limited to seven participants, offering the photographers daily engaged photographic experience, instruction, and daily photo critique review sessions with Peter Turnley, a renown international photojournalist with over 30 years experience photographing the life of Cuba. 


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.


What is included

This price includes tuition, single accommodations in beautiful homestay casa particulares in the historic center of Santiago de Cuba for six nights All rooms have air conditioning, hot showers, and daily breakfast plus two group dinners. Participants will be accompanied on an itinerary of the exciting daily visual life of Santiago by Peter Turnley and his two excellent Cuban photographers/ translators.  Transportation for day trip to Bayamo, and transportation to and from Santiago and Holguin  is also provided by the workshop.

This seven-day trip, led by Peter Turnley, is operated by Cuba Cultural Travel, a US tour operator authorized to conduct group travel to Cuba. All participants will receive a Cuban Tourist visa from Cuba Cultural Travel, plus a letter of authorization indicating that each participant is authorized to travel to Cuba under the US OFAC travel category of group “People-to-People Educational Exchange”. 

What is not included

All participants will fly from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Holguin on Jetblue Flight 2033 on April 4 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 10 and return to Fort Lauderdale on Jetblue Flight 2032. Participants will need to book their own airfare on Jetblue to and from Fort Lauderdale to Holguin on those dates. These flights are very reasonable at this time of year, approximately $323 if booked early.  All participants will meet in Fort Lauderdale and fly together on April 4 and return to Fort Lauderdale on April 10. Participants will be expected to book their own airtravel to an from Fort Lauderdale from their home cities. They will book their own hotel arrangements in Ft. Lauderdale the night before the trip on April 4rd (participants will be given a discount room rate at a Ft. Lauderdale hotel which will be communicated upon registration for the workshop).

The casa particulares where everyone will stay offer lunches and dinners at a very reasonable priced supplement. 

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.

Package Prices

April 4 - 10, 2018: $3,775

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 airline. 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.

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.

Companions or spouses

If participants would like to bring along a companion or spouse and share a double occupancy room with them, the package cost for the companion will also be $3,775.  All the rooms in the casa particular have only one large size double bed. Companions or spouses that want to share a room should expect to share a large size bed. Companions or spouses will need to participate in all group activities, and may attend and participate in all  photographic review sessions, group dinners and lunches. 


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, and will need to book their seat on the Jetblue flight to and from Ft. Lauderdale to Holguin, Cuba on April 4 and April 10. 

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

Package price $3,775

Once registered, and each participant has made their air travel arrangements to Cuba, they will want to provide Laura Adams of Cuba Cultural Travel their flight number and arrival date and time, so they can be met at the airport by a drive that will take them to the casa particular where everyone will be staying. 

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.

If you have any direct questions please feel free to email Peter Turnley.


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. 


Other workshops in Cuba: 

Havana, Vinales, Cojimar, May Day Parade, and the countryside – Apr 30 - May 7, 2018 – Full Package Price: $3,550


© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

 Photos of Yudaisi and Peter - Cuba July 2016

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley

© Peter Turnley