Cost: $4,900 for participant, including charter airfare from/to Miami $3,200 for non-photographing spouse/guest, including charter airfare
It is highly recommended to get travel insurance when traveling to Cuba. While your charter airfare will include health insurance, if there are any delays, etc., you'll want to be covered.
Cuba Cultural Travel (CCT) uses USI Travel Insurance Services that has a copy of CCT's OFAC license.
For the hotel in Miami where we will meet:
When the time comes (not yet), call 800-228-9792 and ask for Charlene Johnson at X-7144.
Let her know you are with Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures, and reference their Agent Code that we will give you in due course.
It is likely you will need to leave a message, but she will call you back.
You will obviously not only need a passport, but you will need to check and make sure it is valid for at least six months forward from the date of your departure to Cuba.
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We will be staying, breakfast included, in the heart of Old Havana at the
Realistically, it is likely that we will have spotty WiFi, all yours for a charge per hour. We bought 5-hour cards for $35 CUCs. Because download times are slow, we highly recommend that you alert your family and friends to not send you files until you return home. And if you send files back home, make sure they are small and compressed.
It is also suggested that because WiFi is expensive, you also consider downloading messages, going offline, preparing your responses, then going back online to send them.
There are no restrictions on bringing in camera gear and tripods. There are, however, baggage restrictions, to wit the following:
One carry-on and one personal item; no charge;
Guarantee of 2 checked bags per person with a 70-pound limit per bag;
Fee for checked bags - $20.00 each;
Maximum weight of 70 pounds/bag with a fee of $2.00/pound over 44 pounds, including carry-on;
This translates to 44 pounds total, including carry-on, with no additional fees; photographers may want to consider carry some of their camera gear in a photo vest;
There are no luggage fees upon return from Havana.
You may want to consider a photo vest to carry some of the heavier photo gear. Personally, I pack lightweight, mix-and-match clothing that can be washed in the sink with a shampoo such as plain-old-fashioned Prell that also is good at getting out stains. There is the old travel rule of one on, one in the drawer, and one drying. Adapt for your own needs, but most people bring way too much in the way of clothing.
No US-issued credit or ATM/debit cards may be used. This is one of the facts of life when traveling to Cuba.
All payments must be made by check, cashiers' check, or money order. You will be contacted by Cuba Cultural Travel with an invoice for the total amount due.
Checks or money orders should be made out to Cuba Cultural Travel and sent by FedEx to:
Cuba Cultural Travel
425 East Alvarado Street, Suite H
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Please let Laura Adams at CCT and us know when you have done this, so we can keep our records up to date. You will also need to fill out the Cuba Cultural Travel application that will be sent to you upon your preliminary acceptance. Look for a message from Laura Adams at Cuba Cultural Travel with whom you have already had correspondence.
All monies are due by January 23 at the latest.
Cancellations made less than three months before the tour starts will forfeit $1,000.
Cancellations made less than two months before the tour starts will forfeit the entire cost of the trip (getting trip insurance is your own best insurance.)
As noted above, because US-bank-issued credit and ATM/debit cards are not accepted in Cuba, you will need to bring cash. There are safes at the hotel, so you need not worry about carrying a lot of cash with you. Besides, Havanah is considered very safe.
As of this writing, 1 CUC ≈ $1.13 USD. The Cuban government charges a 10% fee to convert USD into CUC, so factor that in.
A typical dinner costs 20 CUC and a drink 3 CUC, to give you an idea of some basic costs
WiFi can run around 8 CUC per hour or around 35 CUCs for 5 hours.
We are advised that you should plan on bringing approximately $1,000 in cash. If you want to buy art work (NOT cigars, rum, etc.), then you will need to bring more.