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Seeing Cuba: Discovering the Culture and People of Cuba
December 3 - December 11, 2013

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The whole experience far exceeded my expectations. The interactions with the Cuban people and local experiences overall were extremely rewarding and so unique. Our Cuban hosts were phenomenal and so helpful in every way—with photography, culture, access, everything. Laura Ward, past Cuba Program participant

Just 90 miles south of Florida is Cuba—one of the most fascinating and beguiling countries in the world, a vibrant and complex blend of history, people, and contemporary culture. But political tensions have all but hidden the enchanting Cuban culture and people from most Americans since 1959. Seeing Cuba offers you the rare opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and discover and explore the country’s cultural diversity and physical beauty with your camera. The music, dance, sports, local produce markets, architectural marvels, stunning landscapes and, most of all, the spirited and gracious Cuban people, are the focus of this program that will enable you to better understand this enigmatic country.

Cuba is a tropical paradise with a storied history where intrigue, romance, and uncertainty are woven into the fabric of everyday life. With the captivating capital city of Havana as our springboard, our group sets out through the streets and neighborhoods to engage with the citizens and culture through meaningful people-to-people contact. We have organized a journey that allows you to exchange ideas and experiences with Cuban artists, students, musicians, farmers, restaurant owners, small business owners, dancers, and fisherman.

To offer you unparalleled access to the citizens and culture of Cuba, two English-speaking Cuban photographers who live in Havana serve as our local hosts and translators. In alliance with Cuba’s premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its director Nelson Ramírez, our unique program allows U.S. participants to learn about Cuba's long and colorful history and engage directly with Cubans from all walks of life.

In addition to visiting and interacting with Cubans at the historic sites and cultural centers of Old Havana, the group ventures to the nearby neighborhoods to discover the authentic Cuba that lies beneath the tourist veil. The tree-lined suburban neighborhood of Vedado provides a diversity of architecture and living conditions, giving us a richer understanding the Cuban people and their urban lifestyle. A day-long excursion outside Havana allows a close view of the island’s beautiful countryside and offers the rare opportunity to discover rural Cuba.

With Cuba at this turning point in its history, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Join Dustin for this opportunity to deepen your appreciation and understanding of this forbidden country before it changes forever.

True to the requirements of a people-to-people license with U.S. Treasury Department, Seeing Cuba focuses on educational exchanges with the Cuban people and recording their amazing lives with our cameras. There will not be structured photo instruction nor group critiques.

Dustin Sammann is a key member of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Cuba Cultural Exchange Program. He is fluent in Spanish and, having traveled to Cuba multiple times over the last three years, he has an intimate understanding and love for the people and culture of Cuba. Dustin currently works in the photo department at Outside magazine. To view his images from Cuba visit his web site, www.dustinsammann.com.


$3,995 per person. Package includes: double occupancy for 7 nights in Havana (Hotel Parque Central); single supplement add $600; breakfast daily plus two group meals; airport transfers and ground transportation in Cuba; and all required visas and licenses. Hotel expenses in Miami and airfare to Miami and Havana not included; round-trip charter airfare between Miami and Havana is approximately $500.
© Dustin Sammann
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