ITINERARY

april 13, 2020 (monday)|SANTIAGO-PUNTA ARENAS-TORRES DEL PAINE

This morning it’s time to head south to the end of the world in Patagonia. Board your domestic flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas. You will then have a 5-hour drive to Torres del Paine National Park, stopping for lunch en rout

Tonight enjoy welcome lecture and dinner, follow by your first evening field shoot from the hotel. 

Overnight Rio Serrano Hotel - Standard Rooms (LD) 

april 14-17, 2020 (Tuesday-FRIDAY)|TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK 

We’ll spend the next four full days exploring and photographing the incredible sites of Torres del Paine National Park, featuring:

  • Pehoe Lake and the surrounding areas.

  • Salto Grande Waterfall & Mirador Cuenos

  • Nordenskjold Lake 

  • Grey Lake Navigation

  • Laguna Armaga & Laguna Azul 

Overnight Rio Serrano Hotel - Standard Rooms (BLD) 

APRIL 18 (SATURDAY) TORRES DEL PAINE-PUNTA ARENAS-SANTIAGO

This morning after breakfast, it’s time to head back to Punta Arenas to catch your domestic flight (not included) to Santiago (box lunch.) We suggest booking the airport Holiday Inn again and scheduling your international flights for the following day in case of transit delays from Punta Arenas. You may also consider extending your trip and join us in the Atacama! (BL)

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TRAVEL INFORMATION

INCLUSIONS

Workshop Tuition ~ Instructor-led Lectures & Critiques ~ Instructor-led Field Shoots ~ Airport Transfers ~ Coach Transportation on days 2-5 ~ Bilingual Cuban Guide ~ 5 Nights Accommodation ~ 5 breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 1 Dinner ~ Activities as Indicated ~ Entrance Fees ~ Applicable Taxes.

EXCLUSIONS

Airfare ~ Passport or Visa Fees ~ Baggage Fees ~ Trip Insurance ~ Pre-post Travel Arrangements ~ Room Upgrades ~ Early check-in-late check-out ~ Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions ~ Gratuities ~ Items of personal nature ~ Change fees ~ Photography Permits ~ Holiday Surcharges.

AIRPORT

José Martí International Airport (HAV), sometimes known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is an international airport located 10 miles southwest of Havana, Cuba. 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Passport, OFAC License Affidavit and Visa, Health form and Custom Form filled out correctly and signed by the client accordingly.  Keep your day-to-day activity itinerary to avoid any issues with US Government upon your return to the U.S. Keep a copy of your passport as a form of ID and leave your actual passport in a safety box in your hotel – you will only need it in Cuba if you need to exchange money/accept money wire transfers. Hold on to the second half-of your visa (Cuban customs will keep the other part) in case you are asked for it later (although it rarely happens). Go to: 

TRAVELERS HEALTH

Health Information for Travelers to Cuba, please visit the CDC website.  Please note that individual travel insurance is not included in the tour prices. 

SEASON AND CLIMATE

Except in the mountains, the climate of Cuba is semitropical or temperate. The average minimum temperature is 70° F, the average maximum 81° F. The mean temperature at Havana is about 77° F. The trade winds and sea breezes make coastal areas more habitable than temperature alone would indicate. Cuba's rainy season lasts from May to October.

DAYLIGHT

Sunrise 6:35AM, Sunset 5:50PM 

CLOTHING

When in Cuba our advice would be to dress in a casual, low key fashion and leave your expensive jewelry at home. In this sub-tropical climate lightweight natural fabrics such as linen and cotton work well. Jeans and t-shirts also work (except in hot and humid August). The island is cooled by the trade winds, so pack a light sweater or wrap for the cooler evenings. You may find that some restaurants don't allow you to wear shorts. Always pack plenty of sunscreen and insect/mosquito repellent, toiletries, feminine products and make-up - as these can all be difficult and very expensive to buy on the island.

MONEY

U.S. credit and debit cards generally do not work in Cuba. Bring cash to cover your stay. The Cuban government requires that travelers declare cash amounts over 5,000 USD. Travelers should note that the Government of Cuba charges a 10% fee (in addition to the 3% for all currencies) for all U.S. dollar cash conversions; this does not apply to electronic transactions or cash conversions in other currencies.Cuba uses two currencies — the Cuban convertible peso, known as a CUC, and the Cuban peso, known as the CUP. U.S. visitors need the CUC, which is 1:1 with the U.S. dollar.

The export of Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) is strictly prohibited, regardless of the amount. For other currencies, travelers may export up to the equivalent of 5,000 USD. Anyone wishing to export more than this amount must demonstrate evidence that the currency was acquired legitimately from a Cuban bank.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity in Cuba runs on 220 volts; 50 Hz AC. If you plan on bringing U.S. equipment you will need an adaptor and converter.  

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the national language of Cuba.

TIPPING

Tipping is customary in Cuba, below is a brief guideline on tipping: TBA

WATER

Tap water in Cuba is not considered as safe to drink. Most Cuban households will boil water before drinking and foreigners should follow this procedure unless you have good quality purification filters, or drink bottled water. 

UNITED STATES EMBASSY

Calzada between L and M Streets,
Vedado, Havana, Cuba
Telephone: +(53 )(7) 839-4100
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(53) (7) 839-4100 and dial 1 to speak with the emergency operator
Fax: (+53) (7) 839-4247
Email: acshavana@state.gov

Travel to Cuba is regulated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Anyone located in the United States, regardless of citizenship and nationality, must comply with these regulations. Individuals seeking to travel to Cuba are not required to obtain licenses from OFAC if their travel is covered by a general license. If travel is not covered by a general license, you must seek OFAC authorization in the form of a specific license. Travelers who fail to comply with regulations may face penalties and criminal prosecution. For travel-specific questions, please see 31 C.F.R. 515.560 and OFAC's Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit the Cuban Embassy website for visa requirements. Cuba requires visitors to have non-U.S. medical insurance, which is usually included in airline ticket prices on flights originating in the United States or can be purchased at the airport upon arrival to Cuba. Foreign students on scholarships are required to test for HIV/AIDS.

Cuba does not recognize the U.S. nationality of Cuban-born U.S. citizens. The Cuban government requires Cuban dual nationals to enter and depart Cuba using Cuban passports. Cuban-born U.S. citizens will be treated as Cuban citizens and may be subject to restrictions and obligations.

Cuban Requirements for Authorized Travelers: Attempts to enter or exit Cuba illegally, or to aid the irregular exit of Cuban nationals or other persons, are prohibited. Entering Cuban territory, territorial waters or airspace without prior authorization from the Cuban government may result in arrest. Immigration violators are subject to prison terms ranging from four years to 30 years.