Christopher P. Baker… travel writer, photographer, adventure motorcyclist, tour leader & Cuba travel expert
California-based journalist Christopher has made a career as a professional travel writer, photographer, lecturer, tour escort and moto-journalist since 1983. Christopher—the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’—has been honored with many awards, including ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’ by both the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Jamaica Tourist Board.
He has been acclaimed by National Geographic as one of the world’s leading Cuba travel experts.
He appears frequently on radio and television talk shows throughout North America and has provided TV and radio interviews and commentary for ABC, Al Jazeera, BBC, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, CCTV, CNN, Fox News Channel, the National Geographic Channel, MSNBC, plus NPR, among many other radio programs.
He has authored and photographed more than 30 travel guidebooks for such publishers as Dorling Kindersley, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Moon, and National Geographic, for whom he had written and photographed six books. His literary travelog, Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, is a two-time national book award winner.
Christopher has also written and photographed for more than 200 publications worldwide, from Caribbean Travel & Life, CNN Travel, Conde Nast, Elle, National Geographic Traveler to Playboy, Robb Report, and Newsweek. He has also provided content for many travel websites and has contributed to numerous online publications, including Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Concierge.com, iTravel2000.com, Traterra.com, Triporati, etc. His passion for travel writing and photography helps Christopher maintain a schedule in which he travels around the globe on assignment for leading editors and publishers.
Christopher is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer and has photographed two books on assignment for National Geographic. His images have graced the covers of dozens of magazines and major U.S. and international newspapers, as well as many books. He has led photography tours to Cuba for Jim Cline Photo Tours, Lumaria Workshops, and National Geographic Expeditions, and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
CUBA EXPERT & NEWS PERSONALITY
He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Cuba, especially travel and culture, about which he has written and photographed six books, plus countless magazine articles. His is America’s most quoted Cuba travel expert and has appeared on such radio and TV news and talk shows as ABC News, Al Jazeera, CBS News, CCTV America, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and more, as a Cuba expert and news personality. He is currently partnered with actor/director David Soul in the production of a cinematic feature documentary, Cuban Soul, about the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s 1955 Chrysler convertible in Cuba.
PUBLIC SPEAKER & CRUISE LECTURER
He is an acclaimed public speaker and has been honored to address the National Press Club, World Affairs Council, and National Geographic Live! among other prestigious organizations. He has lectured aboard numerous cruise ships and is a former faculty member of the lecturing staff for Cunard Cruise Lines and Holland America Lines. In 2017 he will lecture aboard MV Serenissima (Cuba) and MV Safari Endeavor (Mexico’s Sea of Cortéz), plus Lindlad Expeditions‘ Panorama II.
TOUR PLANNER, LEADER, AND ESCORT
Christopher is a National Geographic Resident Expert specializing in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Cuba. He escorts tours and photo workshops for Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Expeditions, among other companies. He also leads group motorcycle tours to Cuba, including arranging customized group motorcycle tours using BMWs, Harley-Davidsons and Suzuki V-Stroms. He is available for hire to lead international tours. Christopher prepares curated tours of Cuba on demand and has designed and led private tours for CNN’s Michael Smerconish, among others.
ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLIST & MOTOJOURNALIST
A keen adventure motorcyclist, Christopher writes frequently for major motorcycling and other publications worldwide. His stories on test-rides and touring have appeared in such outlets as Adventure Motorcyclist, Bike (UK), BMW Motorcycle Magazine, CNN Travel, Motorrad und Reisen, National Geographic Traveler, and Rider. He speaks frequently at leading motorcycle events, and is available for test rides.
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