The Northern Region of Haiti is one of those places in the world that will definitely stay etched in your mind. The diversity of historical wealth varies from town to town, from Columbus first landfall in the American continent in 1492 to the wrecked Santa Maria, to the very beginning of colonization in the new world and to the new world first independent country, it all happened in North Haiti.
Arrive in Cap Haitian,Haiti, and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to start exploring this colonial city.
Your afternoon tour brings you to cap Haitian’s historic city center, recognized as a National Heritage Site. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before visiting the centuries old fortification system of Cap Haitian. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner.
This morning we visit the seaside village of Bord de Mer, Limonade. On Christmas Day of 1492 Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa Maria, ran aground at a nearby reef and the grounded ship was stripped down, the wood used to build a fortress in what Columbus called La Navidad, the first Spanish settlement. We also visit two former plantation homes, local distillery and Porto Real the second European city of the new world modern day Limonade. What this town lacks in terms of great architecture and the evidence of its historic past, it more than makes up for in natural beauty, its rich history and the friendly residents. ( B L D)
Depart Cap Haitian City this morning and stop in Vertieres and Breda for a guided walking tour of two of the Caribbean’s most historical sites, the site of the last and decisive battle between France and Haiti and the birth place of General Toussaint Louverture. Next, we head to the town of Milot for an in-depth tour of the ancient kingdom of the North. There we visit the majestic Sans Souci Palace and the largest fortress in the Western Hemisphere, both are UNESCO Heritage Sites. ( B L D)
We enjoy a scenic coastal tour by boat. Contrary to popular believe, Labadie is not an island, it is a peninsula of the northern coastline. It is named after Marquis de La’Badie who settled in Haiti in the 1600’s. Marquis de La’Badie, the French slave owner, whose descendants fought against Henri Christophe and his army of former black slaves. We also visit ile-a-rat, a small island near Labadie. It was discovered by none less than Christopher Columbus, the explorer who put the Americas on the western maps. He named the island Amiga, and according to some, used it to retreat with his local lover. We explore several beaches, islets and then we enjoy dinner at the local seaside restaurant while listening to Haitian music. ( B L D)
Fort Liberty and Phaeton
This morning we travel to the North East part of the country to learn about the Fortification system setup by the French and the Spanish in the 1500’s.
Morne Rouge and Limbe
Bois Caïman (literally ‘Alligator Woods’) was the site of the meeting on the night of August 13-14, 1791 in the northern mountains of Haiti. The site became famous because the Haitian slaves met there on the eve of the revolutionary war in which they defeated the French to become the first Black republic in the world.
We end our historic journey with a quick stop at the tourist market, and depart on homeward-bound flights.
Note: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our for important details regarding everything listed above
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A passport valid for six months from date of entry to Haiti is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. A visa is not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays in Haiti of up to 90 days. Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Haiti.
Single-entry tourist visa: US$25. This visa requirement only applies to nationals of Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Panama who do not have a valid US, Canadian or Schengen visa in their passport. Processing time varies, but nationals requiring visas should apply at least one month before travel.
There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip. Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential on this trip, and we suggest that you seek advice from your Doctor or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
A basic travel health kit is important no matter where you travel. First aid supplies and medications may not always be readily available in other countries or may be different from those available in your country. A good travel health kit contains enough supplies to prevent illness, handle minor injuries and illnesses, and manage pre-existing medical conditions for longer than the duration of your trip.
Discuss the use of medications with your health care provider before departure and carefully follow the directions for use, including dosage and when to seek medical care. Bring more than enough medication to last your entire trip.
Here is a basic list of medications to be included in your travel health kit:
You may include these items depending on personal preference, destination, and activities:
Wash your hands often, keep your nails clean, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Hand sanitizers can be helpful however, since they target bacteria, not viruses, they should be used as an adjunct to, rather than a replacement for, hand washing with soap and warm water.
Physically, travel is great living — healthy food, lots of activity, fresh air, and all those stairs! If you’re a couch potato, try to get in shape before your trip by taking long walks. People who regularly work out have plenty of options for keeping in shape while traveling. Biking is a great way to burn some calories — and get intimate with a destination.Traveling runners can enjoy Cap Haitian from a special perspective — at dawn. Swimmers will find that North Haiti has plenty of beautiful and unspoiled beaches. Whatever your racket, if you want to badly enough, you’ll find ways to keep in practice as you travel. Most Hotels have private tennis clubs welcome foreign guests for a small fee, which is a good way to make friends as well as stay fit.
Get enough sleep
Know how much sleep you need to stay healthy (generally 7–8 hours per night).
Since you’ll spend a lot of time outdoors, we recommend packing lightweight cotton clothing that can be layered as temperatures change throughout the day. You should also bring comfortable shoes that don’t expose the skin, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun. As you’re preparing to go, make sure you label your baggage and pack any valuables, medications and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Haiti has a tropical climate. The dry season runs from November through to March (with January and February being the cooler months with daytime temperature averaging around 24ºC). It can be very hot (32-37ºC) and humid between May and November, with heavy rains at times and the possibility of hurricanes between August and October. Haiti has an average of 7-8 hours sunshine per day with a more or less constant humidity of 65%. Water temperature normally ranges from 24 to 28ºC. Once you head up to the mountains (Kenscoff and Furcy) temperatures fall off, and an extra layer is recommended, especially in the winter months between November and March.
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