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Highlights of Haiti

10 Days FROM AUD 2,414

Overview

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 10-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 Laferrière, nurture the arts with at-risk children, and learn the folklore behind Haitian Vodou. Haiti has a future. Be a part of it.

Trip Code: HATSHOH

Location: Haiti

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

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Port-au-Prince

Port-au-Prince on the Gulf of Gonâve, is the capital of Haiti. Despite the devastating earthquake of 2010 that resulted in the destruction of most of the central historic area of the city, it is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the Caribbean.

Port-au-Prince

Fly to Cap-Haïtien and visit the famous Citadelle Laferrière, a UNESCO-designated mountaintop fortress. After, visit the sugar cane fields and learn to make famous Haitian rum.

Port-au-Prince/Cap-Haïtien

Enjoy a walking tour including the cathedral and main city market. Learn to make kasav, a traditional food of the native Taino people.

Cap-Haïtien

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.

Cap-Haïtien/Jacmel

Visit the most famous attraction in the area, Bassin-Bleu. After a fun ride and a hike down hill, arrive at the natural blue pools and waterfalls. Jump in and cool off.

Jacmel

Visit a local grassroots project, the 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.

Jacmel/Port-Salut

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.

Port-Salut

Travel back to Port-au-Prince.

Port-Salut/Port-au-Prince

Enjoy an included city tour focusing on Haitian history, culture and the vibrant local arts scene. Visit the Iron Market (Marché en Fer). Meet a Voodoo priest at Noailles and see the fascinating iron-working community of Croix-des-Bouquets. Fill up on Creole cuisine and culture along the way.

Port-au-Prince

Depart at any time.

Port-au-Prince
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Important Information

  • Citadelle Laferrière visit (Cap-Haïtien)
    Rum distillery visit
    Cap-Haïtien city tour
    Kasav making demonstration
    Bassin-Bleu visit (Jacmel)
    Grotte Marie-Jeanne visit (Port-a-Piment)
    Beach time in Port-Salut
    Port-au-Prince city tour including Noailles at Croix-de-Bouquets artist communities, Iron Market and Rezistans Artists
    Internal flights
    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners. (Allow USD150-200 for meals not included.)
    Plane, private van, walking
    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
    Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10
    Standard hotels (9 nts)

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

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  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:
1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.
2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.
3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.
5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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