*An Important Note About Travel to Cuba
As of June 5, 2019 the U.S. State Department and Office of Foreign Assets Control removed the license Rustic Pathways uses from the list of legal travel options for U.S. citizens for Cuba travel. All Rustic Pathways programs purchased before June 5 will operate as planned but we will no longer be accepting new applications at this time.
Please reach out to your Personal Travel Advisor or call 800.321.4353 if you have questions about upcoming travel to Cuba.
If you’re still considering travel this summer, please review programs by departure date.
This program is designed to give students an up close and personal “through the lens” look at Cuban life, architecture, and natural landscapes. Capture life in Havana’s old city and its surrounding neighborhoods, wander the Viñales Valley on horseback, and take in the sunsets and wildlife on the shores of Cayo Levisa. Each afternoon you will have a workshop and exposition, sharing your photos with your group and guides, learning techniques that will help you develop your photography skills.
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Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
Rustic Gear. Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.
A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal (15-40L)
- Photocopy of passport
- Wallet/money (remember to bring all the cash you think you will need!)
- Book and/or journal
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle (please don’t forget!)
- Additional community service forms
- Consent to Travel form
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
A 70-90 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal
- Socks (15)
- Underwear (15)
- Pants/capris (3-4)
- Jeans (1-2)
- Long service shorts (2-3)
- Long skirt
- T-shirts (8-12)
- Long sleeved shirt (1-2, lightweight)
- Quick dry towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain/light-weight jacket
- Sandals (like Tevas or Chacos) for water activities
- Sneakers/ Hiking shoes (closed-toed comfortable shoes)
- Hat (for sun)
- Work gloves
- Headlamp (not required)
- Travel sheet (not required)
Toiletries (Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Tooth paste
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray
- Feminine hygiene products (this are very difficult to find in Cuba)
- Contact solution
- Ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Wet Wipes
- Razor/shaving cream
Our photo guides suggest that the most important thing would be to have a camera that has the full range of manual controls to get the most out of the workshop. Having a camera (DSLR or mirrorless) that allows you to set the shutter speed, ISO and aperture is ideal. It is suggested to bring a total of around 64 gigabytes of memory. Bring multiple SD cards so that if you lose one you don’t lose all of your pictures. A tripod won’t be necessary and you don’t need to bring a laptop or iPad. A portable hard-drive or USB drive (100+ gb) would come in handy for storing all photos in one place at the end of the trip, but this is optional.