National Geographic author, photographer and Cuba Expert Christopher P. Baker will lead a unique photo tour of Cuba themed to next year’s May Day Parade. The 9-day tour, being offered by Jim Cline Photo Tours, is slated for April 24-May 2, 2021

The tour is limited to seven participants and is open to photo enthusiasts of all skill levels, from beginner to professional.

Baker–the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’–has been acclaimed by National Geographic as “One of the world’s leading authorities on Cuba travel and culture.” He has written and illustrated seven travel books on Cuba, including the Moon Cuba and National Geographic Traveler Cuba guidebooks; has written about and photographed Cuba on behalf of entities from the BBC and CNN to National GeographicNew York Magazine, and Playboy during three decades of travel to Cuba; and has led photo tours on behalf of National Geographic Expeditions and Santa Fe Photo Workshops, among others.

He will be accompanied throughout by acclaimed Cuban photographer Claudia Corral Mesa, granddaughter of Raúl Corrales, one of Fidel’s official photographers and the creator of many well-known iconic images.

Baker has designed a memorable one-of-a-kind itinerary inspired by research for his magazine assignments and guidebooks. It focuses on Cuba’s two most photogenic cities: Havana and Trinidad. Plus, participants will experience Havana during the year’s most important political event: the International Worker’s Day celebration (AKA May Day Parade), when as many as one million Cubans parade through the Plaza de la Revolución, waving their banners, singing and partying to music, and showing their support for Cuba’s unique, six-decade-old revolutionary process. You can’t escape the Revolution while in Cuba… nor should you!

Although participants will get to shoot and photograph many of the finest iconic sights that Cuba has to offer, Baker and Corral shun the usual tourist locations to explore off-the-beaten-path Cuba and interact with Cubans from all walks of life, while taking advantage of the best light, and with a flexibility that allows the group to make the most of opportunities as they arise.

Chris combines great skill as a non-technical tutor (his focus on the art of visualization and composition and use of light includes a “How to Compose Stunning Travel Photography” presentation) with an unparalleled, all-encompassing comprehension of Cuba, and a capacity for concise, engaging and exciting explanation. (Most importantly, this includes the enigmatic complexities, eccentricities and ideologies of the Revolution; plus, the philosophical, humanistic, non-materialistic qualities that define the Cuban approach to life.)

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Christopher P Baker


Christopher P. Baker, one of the world's most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers has been named by National Geographic as one of the world's foremost authorities on Cuba travel and culture. Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 as 'Travel Journalist of the Year,' he has authored more than 30 books, leads tours for National Geographic Expeditions, Edelwiss Bike Travel, and Jim Cline Photo Tours, among other companies, and is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer.