Located on Rue du Commerce this is one of the few active Coffee warehouses left in the area. Although coffee used to be a huge export in the past, it seems as though the coffee business has taken a hit as well in the last few decades. However Haiti does export coffee to bigger manufacturers and companies who use Haitian coffee as part of their...more
A beautiful Cathedral provided us with a place to escape from the heat. Although I had brought water, most team members did not! However our tour guides anticipated this and had bought some water for us! I would suggest always carrying water around especially if going on a walking tour. The 35 degree heat gets to you quick! The Cathedral seemed to...more
Originally started in 1895 this market is what most consider a "farmer's market". You can find anything and everything from fish to garlic to sunglasses!. Although I would be sceptical of buying food here, it was great to walk through this overpopulated market. I assure you, people who are claustrophobic should stay away. Nonetheless a great...more
Carnival in Jacmel has been compared to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Not as big but just as festive, the Carnival gives everyone a chance celebrate in the midst of band entertainment, laughter, ridicule and very creative costumes. Tens of thousands of people converge on the streets of Jacmel (usually late February) to celebrate Carnival. Most of the...more
After a fun day of visiting around town, most of the team members were tired and headed off to bed in the early evening. For some reason I found the energy to join our tour guide and the manager of the Cyvadier hotel for a night on the town. For safety reasons I would make sure you are in good hands before heading out at night (although Jacmel is much safer then Port-au-Prince). I was in great hands and didn’t worry a bit. We ended up going to one of the art shops we visited early that day, it had now turned into this little bar with a cool power point presentation going on in the gallery. It was a great opportunity to relax as the sole Canadian with some Haitians. A unique opportunity that I would love to experience again.....
I'll recommend to rent a car and go, the road is rather good. If you are coming from Port-au-Prince, going to Carrefour is probably the least enjoyable part but if your car is air-conditionned it shouldn't be too painful. The best thing to do is to leave early(5-6am), so you don't get caught in too much traffic jam in Carrefour. You can also take the plane to go to Jacmel but if you do so you will be unable to buy fruits on your way back.
If you are brave and curious, and dont mind really feeling like you have no idea of what's going on, ask a friend to bring you, if they dont mind of course, bring you to a Voodoo temple...A donation of a bottle of rum might be neccesary