Get familiar with the art culture of Haiti, cool off in the turquoise pools of Bassin-Bleu, explore massive cave systems, visit a foundation teaching arts to at-risk youth, learn about Vodou culture and savour creole cuisine.
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.
Arrive at any time. After a brief welcome meeting, enjoy an included dinner with the group.
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. On Day 3, enjoy a walking tour including the cathedral and main city market. Learn to make kasav (a flat bread), a traditional food of the native Taino people.
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. On Day 5, visit the most famous attraction in the area, Bassin-Bleu. After a short ride and easy hike, arrive to the natural blue pools and waterfalls. Jump in and enjoy!
Visit to 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. On Day 7, visit Grotte Marie-Jeanne (the caves of Haiti) in nearby Port-a-Piment. Explore the Marie-Jeanne cave with a guide and discover unique underground landscapes and massive caverns. In the afternoon, return to Port-Salut for sunset.
Travel back to Port-au-Prince for an included city tour focusing on Haitian history, unique culture and the vibrant local arts scene. See the devastating effects of the recent earthquake side-by-side with 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 at Noailles and find beautiful metal art treasures in the fascinating iron-working community of Croix-des-Bouquets. Fill up on Creole cuisine and culture along the way.
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