Gio's Cuba Photo Tours
Gio's Cuba Photo Tours
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City ToursMulti-day ToursCultural ToursPrivate ToursPhotography Tours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
About
About GIO'S CUBA PHOTO TOURS : Our goal is helping our guests to feel like a Cuban local. That's why with us you will experience the Cuban lifestyle way beyond what you can possibly read online. As a local and a history buff Gio is uniquely qualified to conduct photo-tours in Trinidad, the nearby Valle de los Ingenios, an UNESCO Heritage World Site, the mountains of Escambry and further afield in the Republica de Cuba. Taylormade tours are Gio's specialty,so, at Gio's Cuba Photo Tours your caprices are a priority! Therefore, come with Gio and we guarantee you a lifetime experience full of fun and packed action!!!
Trinidad, Cuba

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Travellers' Choice
2024

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Marcella T
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We hired Giovanni as our personal photo guide during our stay in Cuba in spring 2023. He is an excellent guide who knows all the places, from stunning photographic landscapes through "hidden spots" in the cities up to our immersion in local restaurants. With his personal passion for Cuba, he could give us a lot of additional background information about local history and geography to "complete the picture" and he does not hesitate to refer to other professionals, too. Giovanni speaks several languages, among others he is totally fluent in English. Highly recommended!
And on top of the above, he is extremely friendly with a fantastic sense of humor.
Written November 29, 2023
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BeckyZ
Leamington Spa, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
We are so glad we found Gio on the internet in a country where tourist info is so limited and things are over complicated. We spent a lovely afternoon visiting the beautiful sugar valley with Gio in a classic car. He is super knowledgable and willing to share, with a wonderful, genuine and kind spirit. we have learned a lot about the history of Cuba, the people of Cuba, the 'REAL' Cuba. we enjoyed every minutes of the tour. it was a pitty we had to leave the next day, otherwise we will definitely book a tour with Gio exploring Trinidad. we would love to see Gio again when we return in the future. Those stories he shared inspire us a lot. We sincerely wish a better future for him, his family and Cuban people. - Yan & Becky
很高兴遇到Gio,我们可以了解到许多古巴的历史和现在(电视新闻里不会告诉你的真实的古巴)。Gio知识非常丰富,不光是古巴,还有其他地方的历史和地理,还能说出全世界所有国家的首都, 而他并没有出过国或者上过学。 他的故事到现在还在激励着我们。
Written June 22, 2023
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Julia F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Gio was a fantastic tour guide. He brought passion and expertise to every place he brought us in Trinidad. With him, we were able to see local neighborhoods and meet locals that was a very unique experience. Highly recommend going on one of his tours.
Written May 29, 2023
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Gigi C
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Gio was a great tour guide! He gave the group I was with a unique experience and took us to cool sights we could not have gotten to without him. We walked around cool neighborhoods, went ziplining, went to a Santeria temple, and much more. He is very passionate about Trinidad!
Written May 29, 2023
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Dustin Trevino
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
Good vibes, very knowledgeable and passionate about Cuba and Trinidad in particular. He also gave great photography tips and suggested some great shots in Trinidad.
Written May 29, 2023
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M.Andò
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Giovanni is a cool guy, a great photographer and a very good tour guide.
We had him showing us the inner side of Trinidad with visits that are not only the one recommended by the guide books. He showed us the city with the view that a local have, giving us tips and letting us meet his local friends.

On top of that he also helped us to get a taxi to playa Ancon and organize the tour the next day to Caburní. I really recommend his tour.
Written May 19, 2023
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Thank you very much for your nice review Antonio! It was a very good time for me the one I spent guiding for you and Silvia. When you return to Cuba you already know when to find a friend 📸💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻‼️‼️‼️ Ci vediamo😁‼️
Written May 19, 2023
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Bill M
Pefferlaw, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We have just returned from a wonderful two week vacation in the Trinidad area of Cuba. We have been to Cuba many times, but this was our first experience of the south central part of the island. The key to our great experience was Gio of Gio's Cuba Photo Tours. Gio took us on many trips to Trinidad, the Escambray mountains, the Sugar Mill Valley, and a farm that was making charcoal as has been done for many years in Cuba.

We are part of a Canadian group called Together for Cuba, who helps visitors bring medical supplies to Cuba in suitcases. We had two suitcases full of medical supplies that Gio helped us take to a local Cuban doctor in Trinidad, who is going to share what we brought with a number of medical colleagues. Gio made the connection and helped us deliver personally what we brought for medical assistance to the Cuban people. Without Gio, this connection would not have happened. We found Gio very knowledgeable about Cuban history, culture, and challenges. He was very honest, straightforward, and personable, developing trips around our interests and capabilities. He is extremely well connected to local people and institutions and can easily call on any resources that we needed for our trip. In addition to our visit with a local doctor and bringing medical supplies, a highlight for us was Gio's connecting us with a local farmer who was beginning to make charcoal. With Gio's help, we visited the farm three times and experienced the whole charcoal making process, from its beginning to collecting the finished product. We will never forget these experiences with the fascinating art of charcoal making.

We were referred to Gio by another guide we have used in the north part of Cuba and connected easily with him on What'sApp. With the help of WhatsAPP, we were able to plan several of our trips with Gio before we left Canada. He was very responsive in communicating with us, which made planning our trips with him relatively easy and worry free. He was able to stay in touch with us very well throughout our two weeks through his WhatsApp site.

We would highly recommend Gio for anyone who wants to learn abut Cuban history, culture, way of life, and current challenges. He is very easy to work with, is very client-centred, has excellent English language skills, and knows the whole south part of Cuba intimately. When you hire Gio for a trip, he also hires a driver to provide your transportation. On all our trips, we paid the driver directly for his services. Having Gio for our guide meant we received a wonderful appreciation of Cuban life and culture at a very challenging time in their history. Gio made an extremely important qualitative difference to our trip and for his contribution to our lives we are extremely thankful.
Written April 30, 2023
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What a lovely feedback Bill🤗‼️ I'm sincerely grateful to have met you and Doris in person🙏🏻‼️ During the few days I spent guiding for you I felt like if you were old friends who came to visit.Your empathy and solidarity towards my people impacted me,so, it's me who thank you very much for choosing my services as a local guide 🙏🏻😁‼️ I wish you to come back soon 😀‼️
Written May 1, 2023
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Aurélien B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Great, incredible, fantastic, pick your superlative and you’ll still be halfway there! Gio or Choli - like his friends call him - is an extremely knowledgable guide who will adapt the tour to you and what you want to see, which is a massive difference between the usual tours you can have. In our case there were only the 2 of us (we felt very lucky!) and we wanted to feel the Trinidad vibe as much as possible from a food, drink, and ways of life perspective while staying off the beaten path. With that said Choli shared his amazing knowledge of the history of Trinidad and Cuba overall. His own personal story is eye-opening (no spoiler). Choli brought us to a delicious and cheap local restaurant (Doña Clara), and provided us with plenty additional recommendations for the rest of our trip which all turned out to be great. We had such a good time during our morning tour that we asked to continue the tour with him for the rest of the day during which he brought us to the real « Trinidad », the one behind the beautiful old center, and showed us how the locals truly live. Again, this was eye-opening and we were able to make beautiful encounters with people he knows like the poet Luis Martinez, or his uncle. Choli knows Trinidad and its people to an extent that he is able to tell you the story of almost every inhabitant of the city. You can also ask whatever you want/need (cigars, restaurants, bars, culture, pictures spot, local tips, you name it) and he will bring you to the right place/person - in our case all the above went beyond our expectations. We also really appreciated Choli’s full honesty and transparency during the tour but also regarding his recommendations (you’ll understand). He is truly a man of culture you can trust and it was great conversing with him. I will not hesitate a second before recommending him to friends, or family visiting Trinidad. Good luck my friend, and thank you so much for everything, our stay would not have been the same without you.
Written April 23, 2023
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At Gio's Cuba Photo Tours we feel very happy and grateful every time we receive a review of Excellent ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, the highest rating on Tripadvisor 🤗‼️ However, this particular review fills us with with a huge satisfaction as it describes in detail what Gio wants each of his guests to experience when using his services as a local guide 🤗‼️ So, big thanks once again for your wonderful feedback Aurélien💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻‼️‼️‼️
Written May 1, 2023
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Kevin D.
Cupertino, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
My wife and I had great time with Gio for a full day tour of Valle De Ingenios and Trinidad. No doubt it is the highlight of our Cuba trip and we feel well connected with Gio.

Through the lens of Gio, we learned a great deal of Cuban history and culture, before and after the revolution, and the real Cuban life now. We enjoyed the classic car ride, the tower, the museum, and mostly lovely conversation with Gio to make it real person to person exchange. We came from US with self-certified license to Support Cuban People and this tour is exactly we were looking for.

Gio is knowledgeable and thoughtful. After showing us the popular part of city (UNESCO site), Gio brought us to some neglected area, which is not far from the downtown but with long history and connection with the city growth. We also had lunch at Paladar Dana Clara, a restaurant of Gio's friend and we chatted with 92 years old owner who has deep root and influence in the past. Well, we got a taste of real Cuba.

Gio有12.5%中国血统。他的高祖父(爷爷的爷爷)19世纪末从旧金山来到古巴,曾参加过古巴独立战争。Gio非常聪明,中学没有毕业,自学成才。他是难得的当地导游,还会会照相!英文很棒,但不会说中文.
Written April 21, 2023
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Thank you very much for your nice review Kevin ! Also to me was a wonderful full day the one I spent being guiding for you and Ping your wife😁‼️ 是的,我为我的中国血统感到自豪,我想这就是我成为这样一个企业家的原因💪💪💪😁‼️
Written April 21, 2023
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Michelle L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Giovanni quickly responded to my last minute request for a photo tour of the Valle de los Ingenios. I had no idea what to expect from a one to one tour, and it turned out to be one of the best parts of my trip to Cuba! He has a wealth of knowledge to share, and he was very willing to cater the conversations to my interests and questions. I learned a lot about the history of Cuba, the Valle, and Giovanni. He took some great pictures of me and for me, also. If I am ever back in the Trinidad area, I will definitely track down Giovanni for another tour. :)
Written April 17, 2023
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Thank you so much for such a nice feedback Michelle 📸🤗‼️ I also had a good time while guiding for you,so,for sure that I'll be happy to take you in another of my tours when you come back to Trinidad city 😁‼️ Hasta luego 😃‼️
Written April 17, 2023
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