Walking route to Seguin. Photo: getlostmagazine
Walking route to Seguin. Photo: uncornered market
Haiti: a mountain country. photo: uncornered market
Trek to Morne Cibao. Photo: uncornered market
Climb to Macaya. photo: UNEO
Trek to Macaya. Photo: Claudio Contreras
Views from Bonnet Carré: Aquin bay
Our guides during the trek
La Grotte Marie-Jean
Mountain area, it does not seem a tropical landscape!
The colonial city center of Les Cayes
Local family of Formon
Street art in Haiti
Relaxing day at the beach
Shelter in La Visite
Concert of RAM band
Local market in Haiti
Taptaps: local public transport
Mountain shelter in the foothills of Macaya
Upper area of Macaya
Haitian Farmhouses on the Hillside - Seguin, Haiti
Our tourleader guiding the group in our way to Bonnet Carré
Crystal waters. photo: Auberge La Visite
Haiti is the most unknwn country of the Caribbean and probably you have only heard about natural disasters. However, Haiti is a fascinanting country with mountains to hike around, and the best of it is that it is still to be discovered. During this trip to Haiti we will combine four walking routes with cultural visits and relaxing beaches, you will learn about craftmanship, life styles, culture, landscapes…It is a cultural immersion! The last route we propose is a climb to Pic Macaya, the second higest mountain of Haiti. Do not worry about the safety, we have been working in Haiti for years in projects of sustainable tourism. We are aware of the problematic areas and the codes of behavior for avoiding any problem. You will be totally safe and covered with Slow Walking. In brief, if you are a regular and adventurous traveler, and think you have seen everything, this is your next trip.
IMPORTANT: BOOKING CLOSES THE 10th JANUARY 2020
DETAILED DAY BREAKDOWN OF THE TRIP
DAY 1. Arrival to the aiport of Port-au-Prince (Puerto Príncipe). Private transfer to the Oloffson Hotel, located in a ginger styled building. In the evening, dinner and briefing with the guides.
DAY 2. Day for adapting to the country and the jet lag. Visiti to the most emblematic spots of Port-au-Prince: Iron Market and Mupanah Museum, among others. At night, we will go to the concert of Ram band, they play every Thursday in our hotel.
DAY 3. Trekking day from Furcy to Seguin. It is a 16km route through the rural area of Haiti where you come across girls and boys going to school, housewives going to the market, coalmen, farmers… Accomodation in a small hotel in the mountain of Seguin.
DAY 4. Climb to the Cibao mountain, third highest spot of Haiti and the most important place of the La Visite National Park. Five hours of trekking that end with a swimbath in a waterfall. Accomodation in Seguin.
DAY 5. Off to the south! Two hours drive in all-terrain vehicles. During the morning, relax time in one of the beaches in the surroundings of Marigot. Lunch will be in a restaurant with a menu including fish, lobster and local products. After lunch, a drive across the historic center of Jacmel, until reaching Aquin. Accommodation and dinner in Aldy’s Hotel.
DAY 6. During the morning, visit to the waterfall and natural pool of Bassin Bleu. After lunch, drive transfer until the region of Aquin. Dinner and accommodation in Aldy’s Hotel.
DAY 7. Six hour trekking route from Aquin to St Louis du Sud, crossing the Bonnet Carré hill. This route is culturally shocking because locals are surprised of seing Europeans and white people in their villages, it is really nice to see how our walkers and the locals want to interact and talk with each other. AT the end of the route, you can take a bath in the Millionaire river. Accommodation in Les Cayes, 30min from St Louis, and dinner in Gelée Beach.
DAY 8. Physical relaxing day, even if there is optional trekking this day. Visit to the Gérard Camp: a colonial sugar plantation and a great symbol for Haitians, as it is where the Generals Geffrard and Dessalines met to reach for the independence of the country. We will drive back to Les Cayes and drive to the Platons Fortress. After crossing the Acul river, we can visit and take a bath in the karstic Tête l’Acul and Casse-Cou Canyon. Then, we can climb up to Platons (two hours walk doable on foot) and then we will continue on our all-terrain vehicle to Formon, a small village in the foothills of Pic Macaya. This day is a completely adventure and an icnredible experience! Accommodation in a mountain shelter.
DAY 9. Trek to Pic Macaya. Hard and long route, but absolutely worth it. Starting in the early morning, it is a 6 hours climb to the top of the mountain, crossing all the vegetation through a non-marked way. We will be accompanied by the guides of the National Park The final trek is totally spectacular. The year with more walkers registered in this mountain was in 2019 (this year) with only 20 walkers, you can be the adventurer 21! The way back will be about 4 hours and accommodation will be in a mountain shelter. *The trek route can be shorten, trekking only until de peak of Formont.
DAY 10. Last day of trekking, from Formont to Port-à-Piment. Approximately 6 hours walking route crossing remote and isolated villages and rural areas until reaching the sea. It is an impressive route because inhabitants of these areas are surprised of seeing foreigners, almost no foreign people have passed through this route. It is a difficult finding feeling in a nowadays mass tourism. Accommodation in hotel Port-á-Piment.
DAY 11. Day in Port-á-Piment. It is a small village in which you can find the biggest underground cavity of the Caribe: the Grotte Marie-Jeanne. After a short visit, we visit the local market. Drive to Port Salut where you will have free time to rest, go to the beach or visit the waterfall of Touyac. Accommodation in Port Salut.
DAY 12. From Port Salut to Port-au-Prince. It is a day for slowly traveling Haiti and look its landscapes up. Accommodation in Hotel Oloffson.
DAY 13. Transfer to the airport. Back to Europe.
DAY 14. Arrival to Europe.
This journey is made with the support of a three guides: an occidental Spanish-speaking tourleader, a local guide for the trekking activities and a driver per vehicle.
Haiti is very different to the European countries, but it is also very different to other Caribbean countries. It is important to be discreet with the dressing style, clothes and valuable items (phone, cameras…), specially in big cities.
Travelers will carry a small backpack with the daily things needed. The rest of the lugagge will be a mountain bag or a small suitcase, with a weight of around 15kg.
There are no obligatory vaccines for traveling to Haiti. However, we suggest the yellow fewer vaccination and the tetanus vaccination, as well as being careful with the mosquitos.
What should you carry on your backpack?
- Peaked cap.
- Short and long mountain troussers.
- Sun cream.
- Water canteens and water caps for 3L.
- Mosquito repellent.
- Polar jacket for the trek routes in the mountain.
- Anorak or a raincoat.
- Sticking plasters for your feet.
- Telescopic poles (highly recommended).
- Mobile phone
- Identification documents (passport, ID card, insurance paper...). Bring it in hardcopy and scanned in your phone.
What should you carry in the suitcase or mountain backpack?
- Underwear and personal hygiene elements.
- Mountain socks for trekking (at least 3)
- Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts.
- Two short troussers.
- Two long troussers.
- Streetwear for the cities and the hotels.
- Comfortable shoes (apart from the mountain boots) for walking around.
- Swimsuit and towel.
In the big cities the accommodation will be in hotels. The Oloffson Hotel for example, is one of the classics of the city and it is actually the cultural point of the city.
While being in the mountain, a small mountain hotel will be our accommodation for two nights. It only has three double rooms, so if the group if big, some of the travelers will sleep in tents in the surroundings of the hotel. Totally safe.
The night ebfore climbing to Macaya, we will sleep in a mountain shelter with showers, WC, canteen and bunk bed bedrooms.
RESTAURANTS / FOOD. Restaurants in hotel offer a variety of Haitian Criole food, and some international cuisine dishes as well. In the more rural areas, our meals will be prepared by local families. There are some days in which we will have the opportunity of tasting fish and seafood: the buccaneer style losbter is delicious and cheap (around 6-8euros). Overall, Haitian food is tasty and healthy, it is not extremely hot or spicy and it is easy to get used to it.
PRICES PER PERSON
Groups of at least 8 travelers.
Price in a double room: 2,800 euros p/p. There is a possibility of having individual rooms in most of the accomodation places with an extra charge.
What is included in the price?
- Accomodation according the explanation above.
- Breakfast and dinner everyday.
- All the necessary transfers.
- Luggage transfer.
- Occidental Spanish-speaking guide.
- Driver for each vehicle needed.
- Local guide in the treking routes.
What is NOT included?
- Flights from/to Port-au-Prince.
- Lunchs at midday.
- Travel assurance insurance and cancellation insurance (optional).