Highlights of Haiti
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 Laferria¨re, nurture the arts with at-risk children, and learn the folklore behind Haitian Vodou. Haiti has a future. Be a part of it.
Get familiar with the art culture of Haiti, cool off in the turquoise pools of Bassin-Bleu, explore a massive cave system, visit a foundation teaching arts to at-risk youth, learn about Vodou culture and savour creole cuisine
Plane, private vehicle, walking
Hotels (9 nts)
G Adventures for Good: Art Creation Foundation, Jacmel Hands-on: Kasav Making Demonstration, Cap-Haa¯tien. Arrival transfer. Citadelle Laferria¨re visit (Cap-Haa¯tien). Rum distillery visit. Cap-Haa¯tien city tour. 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.
Day 1 Port-au-Prince
Arrive at any time. Included arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Day 3 Port-au-Prince/Cap-Haa¯tien (1B, 1L)
Fly to Cap-Haa¯tien and visit the famous Citadelle Laferria¨re, a UNESCO-designated mountaintop fortress. After, visit the sugarcane fields and learn to make Haitian rum.
Day 4 Cap-Haa¯tien (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a walking tour including the cathedral and main city market. Learn to make kasav, a traditional food of the native Taino people.
Day 5 Cap-Haa¯tien/Jacmel (1B, 1L)
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 ma¢che creations and wander past colourful mosaics on every wall.
Day 6 Jacmel (1B, 1L)
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.
Day 7 Jacmel/Port-Salut (1B, 1L)
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.
Day 8 Port-Salut (1B, 1L)
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.
Day 9 Port-Salut/Port-au-Prince (1B, 1L)
Travel back to Port-au-Prince.
Day 2 Port-au-Prince (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy an included city tour focusing on Haitian history, culture and the vibrant local arts scene. Visit the Iron Market (Marche en Fer). Meet a Vodou priest at Noailles and see the fascinating iron-working community of Croix-des-Bouquets. Fill up on Creole cuisine and culture along the way.
Day 10 Port-au-Prince (1B)
Depart at any time.