• A pre-trip general travel information PDF on Cuba that includes details such as; electricity, baggage, food, special food needs, water, money, shopping, telephones, internet access, medicines, souvenirs and gifts, music, customs, clothing, travel preparation, what to bring, what to budget, health and safety, weather and more can be found here.
• Although some medical insurance is already included in the trip price (you can download information on that here) you are still required to purchase travel insurance to go on the trip. You can purchase travel insurance directly from the travel insurance company of your choice. The companies I recommend and find the easiest to purchase insurance from online are: Travel Insured and Allianz Travel Insurance.
We recommend a plan that covers medical and dental emergencies, medical evacuation, missed connections, lost luggage and trip cancellation. It is also advisable to carry insurance for your camera equipment. You will need to fax (323-933-8733) or email a copy of the insurance policy confirmation to me at least 48 hours before the departure date.
• To get the most from the workshop, you'll need an interchangeable lens camera that has control over exposure, and be familiar with its basic controls and settings. See workshop preparation for details on other camera equipment to bring. Lorne can give you a complimentary personal consultation on what equipment to bring, rent or buy before the workshop.
• For more information see the about the workshop, workshop faqs and terms and conditions.
• There are a lot of questions about Cuba. So here are some recent ones that may be helpful.
The cost of the return international flight to Cuba, via Miami, is included in the trip price. Please do not book your travel arrangements to Miami until you receive confirmation that you have secured a spot on the trip. You will need to arrive in Miami the day before the flight to Cuba departs, to assure you are on time for the flight. Accommodations for the night in Miami are not included in the trip cost. The meeting time and place, along with the hotel Lorne is staying at in Miami (you are not required to stay there), will be forwarded to you once your spot has been confirmed.
Except in the mountains, the climate of Cuba is hot, sub-tropical all year. The average minimum temperature is 21°C (70°F), the average maximum 27°C (81°F). The mean temperature in Havana is about 25°C (77°F). The trade winds and sea breezes make coastal areas more habitable than temperature alone would indicate. Cuba has a rainy season (MayOct.) and a dry season (Nov.Apr.). The mountain areas have an average precipitation of more than 180 cm (70 in); most of the lowland area has from 90 to 140 cm (3555 in) annually; and the area around Guantánamo Bay has less than 65 cm (26 in).
The dry season is characterized by mild, sunny weather with average daytime temperatures of 75° to 80°F (24°27°C), but passing “cold fronts” can cause a severe drop in temperature, especially in December and January. The rainy season has higher temperatures with summer (Jun, Jul, Aug) in the 90s with high humidity and some rain.
With such a rich and interesting history there are plenty of great books on Cuba. Here's a few of Lorne's favorites:
• Travelers' Tales Cuba: True Stories (Travelers' Tales Guides) by Tom Miller
• Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba by Tom Miller
• Cuba and the Night: A Novel by Pico Iyer
• Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba by Christopher P. Baker
• The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
• Fidel A Critical Portrait by Tad Szulc (out of print)
• Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
• Cuba by Walker Evans
• The Reader's Companion to Cuba by Alan Ryan
For many workshops Lorne will have sponsor partners provide products and/or product discounts to give or raffle off to workshop participants. These are always products that Lorne has tested and worked with extensively and highly recommends to his participants.
The list of sponsors will be updated frequently and can be found here.