July 19 - August 3 2016:

2 weeks, 13 cities, and 3000km later, my lifelong dream of traveling Cuba is complete. With a backpack in hand, 2 compañeros by my side (Elaina Nakhleh and Sebastian Blati), and our starry-eyed longing for adventure, we set off on our journey. Navigating our rental car with only a paper map, and no pre-booked accommodation, our faith in the country allowed us to meet the most interesting of characters and enter the humblest of homes.  

All photos taken on my Sony A7R, with a 24-70mm F2.8 lens. Click on the images to enlarge them. 

 

VIÑALES: 

After the heavy history of Santiago de Cuba and Santa Clara, visiting Viñales was like coming up to the surface for air, quite literally; as the town sits amongst the hills of tobacco farms. It is here where we ditched the rental car and opted to explore the natural wonders of the town on horseback. 

The ever-so-pleasant Emilio; a man who has lived all of his life on these tobacco farm lands. 

Sergei showing us how to roll a cigar. A lot of Cubans have Russian names due to the influence from the Soviet Union.