Support for the Cuban People Program

People • Culture • Food • UNESCO World Heritage Sites • Architecture

October 25 – 31, 2023


March 27 – April 2, 2024


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This fully-licensed program is sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury OFAC to travel legally to Cuba.

Included are all accommodations in Cuba, group transportation, airport transfers, group tips for local guides and drivers, and most meals.  Health insurance for those 79 years and younger, is also included, plus much more.

Items not included are your airfare to and from Miami and Havana, your tourist card issued for travel to Cuba (secured from the airline upon check-in), and potentially a one-night hotel in Miami the day before the trip starts.

See the individual tabs below for much more detailed information on these incredible programs.

  • “LOVED your presentation at The Refinery on Saturday!! You got me motivated to travel & I learned a lot!!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME and for sharing your gift!!”

    Carole Haner-Brackett Photography Basics Meetup participant
  • “Thanks again for such an amazing trip…my photography interest and appetite has completely grown since the trip and I have come back so invigorated and inspired.  I’m excited to learn more and begin to take some higher quality pictures.”

    Sarah Radka Cuba tour participant
  • “Thanks for a great trip.  All went smoothly and I had a great time.  I return a better photographer for certain and have a new perspective on what I see.  You offer a great product – smart itineraries, hotels and food choices…I look forward to another trip.”

    David Wild Morocco tour participant
  • “The fun, adventure and friendship with you means everything to us, along with a great photo or two along the way!”

    Brandon and Shea Mayberry Morocco and Spain tours participant
  • “Ralph, Morocco truly is magical!  Thanks for a beautiful two weeks!”

    Leslie Talley Morocco, Turkey and Cambodia tours participant
  • “Our tour leader Ralph was one of the most knowledgeable trip leaders I have experienced over the past 40 years. He is a very experienced photographer and generously shared his knowledge, talents and experience with us.  I think I learned more composition skills and believe I am a better photographer.”

    Larry Ehemann Central Europe, Cuba East and Romania tour participant
  • “I really liked the [small] size of the tour. It felt like traveling with friends from very early on, and continued to feel that way. That last hotel we stayed in, the one in Budapest, was such a treat! Those views were fabulous, and it ended the trip in style. Ralph is a good trip leader… He wasn’t hovering, but he did stop and give tips and I felt well-tended. The local guides were all outstanding!”

    Heather Hellier Central Europe tour participant
  • “Ralph is an engaging and knowledgeable photographer that puts his world class experience in your hands. This trip has been off the charts.”

    Steve Grove Travel photography class, Cambodia and Vietnam tour participant
  • “The photo critique alone [at the Photography Boot Camp] is worth the price of admission.”

    Shaune Kelly Photography Boot Camp, Cuba and Tuscany tour participant
  • “Great examples clearly demonstrated the points Ralph made.  His teaching methods made many things much simpler to understand.  I thoroughly enjoyed this class!”

    Brenda Hatcher Photography Boot Camp participant



October 25 – 31, 2023

March 27 – April 2, 2024


That said, you’ll be required to arrive in Miami the day before each of the above dates in order to make what is expected to be an early morning flight to Havana the next morning.


$4,499 per person in Double Occupancy.

Please add $699 for Single Supplement if you’d like your own room throughout the program.


NOTE: Single rooms may be strictly limited.


Please request the details of this trip by contacting us at

Your participation is not confirmed until completed Reservation and Terms & Conditions Forms, plus image of valid passport and payment in full, have been received.


Program Includes (exact details subject to change)

  • Cultural exchanges with local Cubans.
  • Medical insurance while in Cuba for those 79 years of age and younger (included with your airline ticket to the island).
  • Accommodations at a centrally-located casa particular in Havana.
  • Breakfast daily and most other meals.
  • Services of an English-speaking guide throughout, plus transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver for most program activities.
  • Day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Viñales Valley.
  • Group tips for our guide(s), bus driver, and for all included meals.

Program Does Not Include

  • Airfare to and from Miami from your home airport.
  • Accommodations in Miami the night before the program start date, if necessary.
  • Round-trip airfare on American Airlines or similar to Havana (HAV) direct from Miami (estimated to be around US$300).
  • Fee for tourist card which is payable to the airline at check-in in Miami (currently US$85).
  • Items of a personal nature such as, but not limited to, baggage fees, laundry, Internet access, telephone calls, additional tips, alcoholic beverages, and other items not specifically outlined as included in the Itinerary.

Experiential highlights include*

  • Various orientation walks with our local guide.
  • Day trip to the Viñales Valley where we’ll experience the town of Viñales and a visit to a local tobacco farm to learn about this unique process, as well as have lunch at a picturesque organic farm.
  • Classic American car ride through the streets featuring the highlights of Havana.
  • Visit a cigar factory in Havana where we can witness how cigars are handmade to this day in Cuba.
  • Wonderful meals at hand-selected restaurants throughout Havana and Viñales, including limited alcoholic and other drinks.
  • Ride on “la lanchita,” the locals’ ferry in Havana harbor.
  • Visit the otherworldly gallery of world-famous artist Jose Fuster in the neighborhood of Jaimanitas.
  • Visit Morro Cabaña, a.k.a. Castillo del Morro, and the lighthouse (if open), the icon of Havana.
  • If he’s available, a private visit with world-renown photographer Sr. Roberto Salas at his home in Havana, where he’ll tell us stories and show us photographs of his time spent photographing revolutionaries Fidel and Raul Castro, as well as Ernesto “Che” Guevara, along with his other fabulous work.
  • Visit a local farmer’s market.
  • Much more.

* All activities are subject to change and availability.

Ralph Velasco with Camera by Michelle Kate LaVigne

Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author, and international tour leader who has organized and led over 120 international tours and more than 100 domestic tours in the United States.  His international trips have included Armenia & the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan & Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Spain, Portugal, Tuscany, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, Colombia, and other locations.

Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger, podcast host, and public speaker, and for more than 15 years he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures.  

Recently he created a new travel brand called Alla Campagna Experiences where the focus is less on photography in each destination and even more on the culture, people, food, drink, and other unique activities and experiences they have to offer, all while staying in unforgettable properties, such as private castles, wine estates, one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, villas, and converted mansions, mostly around the Mediterranean.

Subscribe to Ralph’s YouTube channel, The Continental DRIFTER, as well as visit its accompanying travel blog at this link.  At The Continental DRIFTER, you can expect travel advice, interesting stories, expert interviews, and easy-to-use photography tips for Baby Boomers and Gen X travelers.

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Cuba Testimonials

“Cuba is a destination that everyone should try to get to. Going with Ralph and PhotoEnrichment Adventures made this trip a 10+ in my opinion. Everything was well communicated and planned out. All of the activities are well thought out and different than typical touristy things. It made me want to get up and out each day to enjoy the adventure as well as the people in our group.

The balance of planned activities and free time was just enough. I came into this trip as a “tourist” picture taker with my iPhone and Canon Elph….but with guidance from Ralph and all of the easy-to-learn tips about photography, I now have a new excitement about pursuing this hobby as a photographer. I have always loved traveling and this trip was nothing but perfect! I look forward to more trips with PhotoEnrichment Adventures!”

~ Carol R.


“I truly enjoyed my trip to Cuba. There are so many opinions about what Cuba is and isn’t, and this trip enabled me to see and experience this beautiful country and the warm, welcoming people who live there!”

~ Linda H. (2022 Spain, 2018 Cuba and 2012 Morocco)


“I love photography but to get a heavy-duty cultural trip was really a bonus. So great to learn about a country and the people!! Thanks so much, Ralph.”

~ Kathy S. (2018 Cuba and 2012 Morocco)


“I’m a repeat client of PhotoEnrichment Adventures because the itineraries are well planned, Ralph is an exceptional tour leader and the other participants are always cool. I’ve been to Havana twice before but had a completely new experience there on my recent trip with Ralph. Great value for money.”

~ Jen B. (2018 Cuba & 2016 Lapland)


“I had an amazing time on my trip to Cuba with our wonderful leader, Ralph Velasco. The activities each day were fun, interesting, and a great experience. I learned a lot about Cuban daily life during our walks through Habana, from our local guide, Amed, and during visits to the farmer’s market, a renowned photographer’s home, and brief chats with people in local shops. I’ll recommend this trip to everyone! We also had so much great food, Cuban music almost everywhere we went, and a wonderful group of fellow travelers who were also charmed by Cuba and this fantastic trip!”

~ Connie L. (2018 Cuba & Chicago)


“This was my second trip with Ralph Velasco’s PhotoEnrichment Programs, and this experience was as wonderful as my first trip (to rural Romania) last year! Both programs were extremely well-planned and organized, with a great balance of non-repetitious activities. In Cuba, the objective of the trip was to get as familiar with the people as possible, and this was achieved in many ways — first and foremost, through our local guide Amed, who was extremely engaging, knowledgeable not only of the sights but Cuba’s geopolitics, and never missed an opportunity to provide insightful explanations.

We did some wonderful “street photography” walks, which for me was the highlight of the trip. And Ralph seems to attract group participants who are enthusiastic and eager to learn as much as they can about the places they’re visiting. While Ralph gives us a lot of suggestions on finding photo opportunities and taking good shots, the program is not overly technical — all individuals (regardless of their level of photography expertise) will benefit. I learned a huge amount both from Ralph and the other participants.

I highly recommend PhotoEnrichment’s programs, based on this trip, my experience last year in Romania, and reports I heard from others who have gone on various PhotoEnrichment trips. In fact, several people in our group enjoyed this trip so much that we’ve asked Ralph to organize a “Cuba II” program next year!”

~ Matthew E. (2022 Antarctica, 2018 Cuba & 2017 Romania)


“I loved our trip to Cuba with Ralph Velasco. Photo opportunities are extensive including the crumbling houses next to the beautiful art deco refurbished ones, the people who enjoyed interacting with us and having their photo taken, the music, the art and the wonderful old cars that make Havana a special place. Cuba is a country I definitely want to return to. PEA did a wonderful job arranging visas, transportation, accommodations, meals and tours.”

~ Mary Anne J. (2018 Cuba)


“Mary Anne and I look forward to more trips with you.”

~ Gil J. (2018 Cuba)


“Cuba is amazing. I was impressed with how colorful the buildings, cars and clothes are in Cuba, it seems to match the warmth and enthusiasm of the people. The food was delicioso and very flavorful, but not spicy hot so it was easy to enjoy. My husband and I hope we can return sometime, there is so much to experience, it would absolutely be worth a second (or third) look.”

~Amy and Robert M. (2017 Cuba)


“So much fun, the people of Cuba are so happy and so into music and art. I learned so much about the history of Cuba. The photo opportunities were endless. Ralph and Amed put together the perfect blend of activities. I could not have been more happy.”

~ Steve G. (2017 Cuba, 2016 Cambodia, 2015 Vietnam)

“We had a great time in Havana. Ralph seems to attract really good travelers. Everyone got along really well. The trip was well planned and hit all the best places in Havana. The accommodations were top notch and the trip ran very smoothly. No hitches or surprises.”

~ Patrick M. (2017, 2015, 2014 Cuba with PEA)

“Thanks again for such an amazing trip…my photography interest and appetite have completely grown since the trip and I have come back so invigorated and inspired.  I’m excited to learn more and begin to take some higher-quality pictures.”

~Sarah R. (2015 Cuba)

All activities and itinerary details are subject to change, but rest assured we’ll make every effort to provide a comparable alternative should changes to our schedule need to be made.

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