There is a place in the Caribbean where the tourists don't go; a tropical, rugged place of waterfalls, secret caves, and mountains that scrape the sky. It's a place of bold flavours, intoxicating music, mischievous gods, and colourful art; where the only thing stronger than the rum is the spirit of the people who live there. It's a place where only true travellers go; a place for the brave and the curious. The name of that place? Haiti. Yes, Haiti. This ten-day encounter draws back the veil on this extraordinary, vibrant, and indomitable nation. Experience the energy of Port-au-Prince, the colourful art of Jacmel, the iconic (and UNESCO-protected) Citadelle Laferrire, nurture the arts with at-risk children, and learn the folklore behind Haitian Vodou. Haiti has a future. Be a part of it.
Today is arrival day, so there are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting. You are free to arrive at the Port-au-Prince airport at any time where you will be met and transferred to our hotel in the city, which is approx. 30 minutes from the airport.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Arrival Airport Transfer (0.33-0.50 hours)
Enjoy an included city tour focusing on the history, unique culture and vibrant local arts scene. See the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake alongside colourful arts, crafts and traditional goods at the artist community of Atis Rezistans, where, out of the rubble, artists began to create new life, spawning an entire community. Visit the Iron Market (Marché en Fer) for artifacts related to the traditional Vodou (Voodoo) culture in Haiti.
Meet a Vodou priest and find beautiful metal art treasures in the fascinating iron-working community of Noailles at Croix-des-Bouquets. Fill up on delicious Creole cuisine and unique cultural experiences along the way.
With time, opt to get a bird's eye view at the Belvedere on Boutilliers Hills, scanning the Bay of Port-au-Prince and city below.
Port-au-Prince City Tour
Fly to Cap-Haïtien, on the northern coast. Visit the famous Citadelle Laferrière and the sugarcane fields. Learn to make famous Haitian rum with a "guildive". This traditional rum distillery (utilizing sugarcane juice) comes from an old French word derived from mispronouncing "kill devil", a welcomed side effect of drinking the rum.
Citadelle Laferrière Visit
Rum Distillery Visit
Plane (0.50 hour(s))
Explore the city on foot to learn more about the area. With free time in the afternoon, opt to visit the beach on this northern shore.
Enjoy learning how to make traditional kasav (a flat bread), a food of the native Taino people. The experience includes visiting a traditional facility where manyok (yucca) is transformed into kasav, which is eaten with meals as a flatbread. This dish and its preparation comes directly from the native Taino people who first inhabited the islands before Columbus' arrival.
Cap-Haïtien Walking Tour
Kasav Making Lesson
Fly back to Port-au-Prince and continue to Jacmel. This town is known for its vibrant art scene, carnival celebrations, and sandy beaches. Take a city tour focused on the art community here. Pop into artists' studios to view the local papier mâché creations and wander past colourful mosaics on every wall.
Jacmel City Tour
Flight (0.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 90km)
Visit the most famous attraction in the area, Bassin-Bleu. This is a series of waterfalls and pools in the hills above Jacmel. The water is turquoise blue due to the minerals in the rocks. After a fun ride and a hike down hill, arrive at the pools and dive in! Jump off the rocks and cool off in the fresh pools.
Drive just 30 mins each way to visit Bassin-Bleu.
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 10km)
Visit a local grassroots project, the G Adventures-supported Art Creation Foundation for Children. The program teaches at-risk children different types of traditional art while providing meals and a "second home". Enjoy a homemade meal here and learn about the great work this organization is doing. Continue on to Port-Salut.
Art Creation Foundation for Children Visit
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 225km)
Visit Grotte Marie-Jeanne caves in nearby Port-a-Piment. Explore the cave with a guide and discover unique underground landscapes and massive caverns. In the afternoon, return to Port-Salut for sunset.
Grotte Marie Jeanne Visit
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 30km)
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s), 30km)
Enjoy a lazy morning in Port-Salut before travelling back to Port-au-Prince, stopping in Aquin en route.
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 220km)
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Trip Name: Highlights of Haiti
Duration: 10 Days
From Price: 2337
Trip Code: 144286
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