This week our image is one sent to us by Katherine Eldred, UK. Katherine has been on multiple Complete Cuba trips and knows exactly when to capture that "decisive moment."
Our second Image of the Week is from Gordon Smith, Florida. Gordon stated he wants to, "...show the warm, resilient and "enjoying life" spirit that I felt from the Cuban people."
You can see a more of Gordon's photos from his 2017 Complete Cuba trip (including eastern Cuba and Havana) at http://www.blurb.com/b/7827479-cuba.
Our first Picture of the Week is from Joseph Mure, New York. He states, "I love the feel of the photo & if you can make it out the emblem on the hood is spelled BUIKC. Did the owner do it as a goof? BUICK BUIKC. We will never know."
We are beginning a new project on the Complete Cuba Blog. It will showcase our clients' favorite photos and show how talented they are. These posts will also feature not only how much fun an adventure to Cuba can be…but also the real “Complete Cuba” interactions we have on our trips.
We asked alumni to submit their favorite photographs from their trip(s) with Complete Cuba. We will be selecting these randomly to show on this blog, along with information about our upcoming trips.
Once the blog project is completed, we are planning a gallery exhibit of Complete Cuba travelers and their photos, at The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera, here in Chicago Illinois. We hope this exhibit will incorporate photos from our January and March 2018 as well, and will likely be in the second quarter of 2018.
We are excited to showcase highlights from Complete Cuba trips.
We hope you enjoy seeing some of the favorite photographs of our past travelers.
We’ve found that even Americans with no personal interest in cigars want to buy and bring back authentic cigars from Cuba. It can be an overwhelming prospect, and one we’re glad to help our travelers navigate. We were asked to share with the readers of the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Hub some tips for buying authentic Cuban cigars. You can read the post (accompanied by Keith’s photos) here: https://cubancigars.famous-smoke.com/travel-tips-for-authentic-cuban-cigars/
The November 2017 Havana trip is full and closed to new participants. Please check your calendars and save dates for our currently announced trips:
Winter 2018: Save the Dates
Depart – January 13, 2018
Return – January 20, 2018
Spring 2018: Save the Dates
Depart – March 17, 2018
Return – March 25, 2018
Additionally, we are planning a November 2018 trip as well. These dates will be announced soon!
Thank you for all of your interest in Compete Cuba.
One of the questions we often get is how we keep up on the developments in Cuba. A new resource we've found helpful was recently launched by Famous Smoke Shop, the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online. Cuban Cigar Hub is a new resource for those who are interested in the ongoing politics related to Cuba and the United States, and cigar enthusiasts who want to discover how our two countries’ histories and current policies may impact cigar smokers.
You of course won't find Cuban cigars for sale on the site, but you will find descriptions of the leading Cuban heritage cigars — Cuban brands that are also made outside of their native country — such as Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas and Romeo y Julieta, among others.
Even those not interested in cigars will find interesting information, such as a timeline on the history of U.S.-Cuba relations from 1898 to present day, a news section with informative articles on the relationship between the United States and Cuba, President Trump's stance on the status of the Embargo, a Resources section, and a feature on how to spot fake Cuban cigars.
Check it out visit the Famous Smoke Shop Cuban Cigar Hub, and let us know what you think. And, of course, if you want to smoke real Cuban cigars, check out the details page for information on our upcoming trips!
Save the dates! Our first two 2018 trip dates were just announced. Full details will follow but we know it is never too early to get those dates on the calendar!
Check your email and the website! The final trip of 2017 has been announced. So save the dates November 15-20 and visit the Complete Cuba.
When you stay in a casa particular, in addition to a place to stay, you have the opportunity to meet and get to know your hosts. Here, we say good bye to our Havana hosts from our Winter 2017 group trip.
Amy M. Gardner recently did an interview about casas particulares with Shoulders of Giants. The transcript is below.Read More
Join us this February for an incredible photographic journey to Cuba. Starting in Santiago de Cuba and ending in the Vinales Valley, we will explore the island from east to west. Spots are filling up, so please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your seat on this trip.
More information to come, but this trip will be co-sponsored by Tamarkin Camera, America's Premier Leica Specialist! This is one photographic adventure you won't want to miss!
Details about 2017 trips and new private tour offerings will be announced after we return from our fall trip in early September. Be sure to join our mailing list to receive more info. And, if you join by the end of September, you’ll be entered into a random drawing for Complete Cuba hats and other prizes from Cuba!
If your group of 2-6 people would like a carefully planned and personalized schedule with a Cuban guide, all of your arrangements handled for you, and the total flexibility to choose your own dates, let us know. We and our partners in the US and in Cuba look forward to helping you experience the Complete Cuba on your own time schedule.
Registration for our August 27-September 6 trip is closing Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. eastern time! We have had many inquiries and strong interest in this trip. While we will be setting future trip dates, being able to do a 11 days, 10 night trip at this price is something we don’t expect to be able to repeat.
If you’re on the fence, now is the time to go, and this is a great trip to experience the Complete Cuba! We literally only have a few spots left. Visit CompleteCuba.com and click sign up to join us!
If you can't join us on this trip visit CompleteCuba.com and sign up for our email list to get information on future opportunities.
The August/September trip is going to have a maximum of 8 people. The trip is like having a boutique travel experience for the price of a typical fully licensed people-to-people trip. The itinerary is going to be incredible. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are considering experiencing the Complete Cuba.
Our Late Summer/Early Fall trip has been extended by one day. The trip will be from August 27-September 6. This extra day will allow for TWO nights in Vinales Valley, all at the same price. This is an incredible opportunity to visit Cuba now, legally.
We have been able to secure dates for a final 2016 Complete Cuba Trip! This is a great opportunity to have one last taste of Cuba as it has been for decades before daily commercial flights from the U.S. begin later this year.
All of the details for this trip can be found at www.completecuba.com.
This is a People-to-People fully licensed trip that will fill up quickly. We are limiting this trip to 8 travelers, offering a "boutique travel experience."
If you have been thinking you really want to see what all the Cuban excitement is all about, this is your opportunity to have a great travel experience.
We are in the middle of summer now, but soon it will be fall and a perfect time to head to Havana for a cultural exchange. Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for new dates for the next Complete Cuba Itineraries.
The Winter 2016 trip is over and it was an excellent trip! We will have some feedback from participants in the coming weeks. The weather was phenomenal and we had some real people-to-people exchanges we will write about in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for the next dates, they will be announced soon...