Artisanal Tobacco Harvest

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Venture off the beaten path on a 5 night / 6 day road trip with award winning photojournalist Alfredo De Lara. We travel together on an adventure from the faded elegance of Cuba's capital city to the rural heartland of an island nation. Along the way, I introduce you to the people and the places that have shaped todays' Cuba and take you on an exploration of backroads to the less visited parts of the island. I facilitate authentic cultural exchange through our hosts and by meeting fascinating locals one-on-one.    

Day 1

  • arrival in Havana, Jose Marti Airport 
  • customs clearance & ground transportation to Old Havana
  • check-in family/home-stay, welcome fresh squeezed juice & snack  
  • orientation and welcome lunch - Old Havana walking tour 
  • 8pm Dinner at family owned "Paladar" restaurant 
  • After dinner we explore the nightlife of old Havana and feast on music and colonial tradition

Day 2: 

  • 8am breakfast at family home-stay
  • 9am depart for Playas del Este  
  • we visit an urban agriculture cooperative and sample some organic fare
  • 1pm Visit to beautiful Playa Santa Maria and soak in the natural beauty 
  • afternoon cocktails and fresh seafood by the ocean
  • welcome home fresh fruit juice and coffee 
  • 7pm dinner at family/home-stay
  • after dinner we head out to experience cuban youth culture and a live music performance 

Day 3:

  • 8am breakfast at family home-stay
  • 9am depart for Vinales (3 hour drive)
  • 11am quick lunch stop at Artemisa for home made ice cream and explore around town
  • Sunset at Los Jasmines lookout and welcome Pina Coladas 
  • Dinner at Family Homestay
  • in the evening stroll the plaza and get to know rural town life. 

Day 4:

  • 4am light breakfast at family home-stay
  • 5am depart on horseback to Los Aquaticos homestead (4 hours)
  • 10am late lunch 
  • in the afternoon we visit with local tobacco farmers and learn about cash cropping Cuba style  
  • 5pm Visit to organic farm cooperative and learn about unique permaculture practices
  • 7pm  Sunset cocktails and a a fresh farm to table experience overlooking the valley.   

Day 5:

  • 8am breakfast at family/home-stay
  • 9am depart for Cayo Jutias (Playa Pilar)
  • We explore rarely visited mountain villages and fishing towns of Pinar del Rio. 
  • lunch on an open fisherman grill while we enjoy one of Cuba's finest beaches
  • 6pm fresh squeezed juice and snacks
  • 8pm dinner at home with our local host family
  • in the evening, experience live music and dancing on the central plaza 

Day 6:

  • 8am breakfast at family home-stay
  • 9am depart to Havana  (3 hour drive)
  • around noon we eat lunch on an old Havana balcony with live music 
  • after lunch we visit one of Havana's most complete Art Cooperative market 
  • Airport Drop-off service and flight clearance 

Small groups - 10 or less persons. $1870 per per person (based on double occupancy) covers all costs once you arrive in Cuba - Airport Pick up & Drop off - All meals & Accommodation - All ground transportation & Guide Services. We also help guide you through visa requirements and make sure you have all of your paperwork in order.  Pick your dates and where you want to go. I take care of the rest. is a U.S. State Department approved fully guided cultural exchange travel program.


My 25 years of travel to Cuba as a photojournalist are tempered with my experience growing up as a first generation Cuban-American kid in Miami. My tours try to reflect that Cuban experience in a "no bullshit" way - from both sides of the spectrum. My aim is to facilitate an experience, as authentic, as if you were visiting your own Cuban family on the island.

Please feel free to call write with any questions or suggestions,

Alfredo De Lara

US +1 305 632 9426

CUBA +53 555 87128


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