Wednesday, November 6, 2013

9 Haitian Wonders

Despite obstacles, Haiti's rich culture and history has allowed the country to maintain a moderate and potentially rising tourist industry.

           The Citadel Laferriere
The Citadel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Haiti. Directions to and history of the fortress are provided by self-appointed guides from the town of Milot. Near the entrance to Sans-Souci Palace, which is at the start of the trail to the Citadel, visitors may be asked to pay a small fee. Visitors are also encouraged to rent a horse for the uphill trek. The first portion of the seven-mile (11 km) trail is navigable by 4WD vehicle, although infrequent landslides and construction projects sometimes make this unreliable. Numerous people live along the trail and sell souvenirs or drinks, such as fresh coconut juice, to travelers. Drinks are a necessity in the tropical heat. The trail is paved stone, generally smooth and in good condition, a legacy of the Jean-Claude Duvalier regime.
Jacmel buildings are historic and date from the early nineteenth century; the town has been tentatively accepted as a World Heritage site and UNESCO reports that it has sustained damage in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Il a Vache
Ile à Vache is one of the most popular tourist sites in Haiti and it has some of the best island scenery in the Caribbean. The population of the island is somewhere between 10,000-15,000 inhabitants. There are two tourist resorts on the island, the Port Morgan and Abaka Bay.
Jump from thewaterfalls, swim in the cool basins, enjoy the cool cover of the lush vegetation in your own private grotto. Bassin-Bleu is truly a national treasure of Haiti - in fact, a reason to make the journey to the island of Hispaniola.
  Marie-Jeanne Cave  
Grotte de Marie Jeanne is a large cave system located on the southwest coast of Haiti in the town of Port a Piment.  It is potentially the largest cave system in the Caribbean, with a reported 1 kilometre of passage. 
Saut d'eau Waterfall
Its name is french for waterfall. The area holds cultural significance in Haiti, to both Catholic and Vodou practitioners.
The Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden of the cayes ( Le jardin Botanique des Cayes, in French) which is located in Bergeau, at the northern entrance of the city. The site occupies an area of eight hectares.
Mathurine Falls
Saut Mathurine is near Camp Perrin in the South (Sud) Department of Haiti, about 45-1 hour past Les Cayes going towards Jeremie.  Its coordinates are 18°25’60″ N and 73°49’0″ E.
Sans Souci Palace
The impressiveness of Sans-Souci was part of Henri Christophe's program to demonstrate to foreigners, particularly Europeans and Americans, the power and capability of the black race. 

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