Unplug and return to Cuba with Santa Fe Workshops in a small group of no more than six photographers to continue your photographic exploration across the island. Jennifer Spelman and Jorge Gavilondo are your guides and mentors on this unforgettable journey to the Oriente.
There are a very few places in this world that are pure magic and Baracoa, Cuba is definitely one of them. Nicknamed “Cuidad Primada,” meaning “First City,” it boasts a special past dating back to the indigenous island Taíno people, a later discovery by Christopher Columbus, and then a significant history in many Revolutionary movements. Today it is a relatively unknown paradise, decidedly green and boasting wide rivers, breathtaking coastlines and friendly people. Our journey will lead us deep into the abundant scenery and into rich encounters with Cubans living in-tandem with their lush land and unique Caribbean heritage.
On Monday, December 2, we spend the night in the vibrant city of Santiago de Cuba and the next morning travel over the spectacular La Farola highway, curving up the lush Sierra del Puril mountains before dropping back down into enchanting Baracoa.
Our hosts are Cuban families, and their private casa particulars become our comfortable home bases as we explore the countryside communities surrounding Baracoa. To reach off-the-beaten-path destinations we walk up shallow rivers, ride in small boats, wind up mountains, and enjoy the flexibility of our small private van. We move slowly and always with the intention of seeking genuine interactions with Cuban families willing to share their stories and a cafecito. Our travels lead us to meet farmers tending their cacao and coconut farms and to speak with women washing their clothes in the cool rivers. A long day trip affords us the unique opportunity to visit remote villages and homesteads high in the mountains and then onto the striking lighthouse at Punta de Maisi -- the very easternmost point of Cuba
After five full days in Baracoa, our adventure concludes with a celebration dinner and sharing of images from our journey. On Sunday morning, December 8, we cross back over the La Farola and return to Santiago de Cuba for a final evening and last day within bustling Santiago before the departure flight back to the the US.
Join Jennifer and Jorge on this first-time, unplugged offering to Baracoa and deepen your understanding of the Oriente and its people. At the same time broaden your ability to create images that are visually compelling and celebrate the stories of Cuba.
True to the requirements of a people-to-people General License with U.S. Treasury Department, Cuba Unplugged: Baracoa and Beyond focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras.