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Name: Citadelle Laferrière
Location: Nord, Haiti
The Citadelle Laferrière, is a large mountaintop fortress in Nord, Haiti, located on top of the mountain Bonnet a L’Eveque, approximately 27 kilometres (17 mi) south of the city of Cap-Haïtien. It is one of the largest fortresses in the Americas and was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1982—along with the nearby Sans-Souci Palace. The mountaintop fortress has itself become an icon of Haiti.

The Citadel was built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion (1791–1804), after Haiti gained independence from France at the beginning of the 19th century.

The Citadel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Haiti. 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 11 kilometre (7 mi) trail is navigable by 4WD vehicle, although infrequent landslides and construction projects sometimes make this unreliable.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citadelle_Laferrière
Name: Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH) is a museum featuring the heroes of the independence of Haiti and the Haitian history and culture. It was opened in 1983. This cultural center is to perpetuate and disseminate the memory of "Fathers of the Nation".

One of its main missions is to participate in heritage conservation and dissemination of national culture. The MUPANAH is an institution whose function is the conservation, protection and enhancement of historical and cultural heritage. Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the museum building was only slightly damaged due in part to its semi-buried construction, making it less prone to destruction.

The museum traces Taínos, Spanish, and a section dedicated to the heroes of independence including silver gun with which Henri Christophe committed suicide and the bell used to announce the independence. It also contains chains of slavery, torture instruments, sculptures and temporary exhibitions of paintings. Another curiosity, the anchor of the Caravel of Christopher Columbus, the Santa Maria measuring 4 meters high.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musée_du_Panthéon_National_Haïtien
Name: Bassin Bleu
Location: Jacmel, Haiti
Bassin Bleu is a natural water site located west of the city of Jacmel, in the Sud-Est department of Haiti. It is a series of three pools along the Petite Rivière de Jacmel. To access the site, you need to go in the direction of La Vallée-de-Jacmel, and then Bassin-Bleu. From the village of Bassin-Bleu, the road to the site is up.

Access is not very difficult with a four-wheel drive vehicle. It is a winding road in the mountains allowing access to the site. Getting into the best open part and for diving from several levels requires about a 20 minute hike, then roping down a 12 ft rock face. Locals are often present for guidance and steadying. As of 2017, generally each person pays an "optional" contribution at the tourism office, then one can walk there independently or hire a local guide for a fee (about 100G per person).

The site consists of three pools: Bassin Palmiste, Bassin Bleu and Bassin Clair. The latter is by far the most well-known with a cascade of 10 metres (32.8 ft) falling into a pool of turquoise water.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassin_Bleu_(Jacmel)
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COUNTRY INFORMATION GUIDE
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FACTS:
Official Languages: French / Haitian Creole
Currency: Haiti Gourde (HTG)
Time zone: EST (UTC−5) / EDT (UTC-4)
Drives on the right
Calling code: +509
Local / up-to-date weather in Port-au-Price (and other regions): BBC global weather – click here
US GOVT TRAVEL LINKS:

For more useful information on safety & security, local laws / customs, health and more, please see the below official US travel.state.gov web link for Haiti travel advice. NB: Entry requirements herein listed are for US nationals only, unless stated otherwise.

You can also find recommended information on vaccinations, malaria and other more detailed health considerations for travel to Haiti, at the below official US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weblink.

BUSINESS VISITOR ACTIVITIES*:
Activities you may undertake on a business visa / as a business visitor:
PERMISSIBLE
ATTENDING MEETINGS / DISCUSSIONS: TBC
ATTENDING A CONFERENCE: TBC
RECEIVING TRAINING (CLASSROOM-BASED): TBC
NON-PERMISSIBLE
AUDIT WORK: TBC
PROVIDING TRAINING: TBC
PROJECT WORK: TBC
*This information does not constitute legal advice and is not an exhaustive list. For a full legal assessment on business visitor activities, please revert to your internal company legal team / counsel.
TRAVEL INFORMATION**
It is highly recommenced that you access the above official US travel.state.gov web link and read all safety & security information prior to making your travel arrangements / planning your trip.
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The Haitian gourde is the currency of Haiti, denoted by the symbol “G” (ISO code: HTG). Although merchants are required to quote prices in gourdes by law, virtually everything is priced in “dollars”–not US but Haitian dollars, equivalent to 5 gourdes. This practice is a holdover from the US occupation of Haiti in the early 20th century, during which the gourde was pegged at G5 to the US dollar.

BY CAR:

Cars may be rented through Hertz, Avis, etc. Taxis in Haiti are usually in the form of SUVs or trucks, as most of the roads are long overdue for repairs, in addition to plethora of unpaved roads one faces while travelling in Haiti. The price is often fair (i.e., 450 gourdes, or $11.53 at 39 gourdes to a dollar, from Port-au-Prince to Léogâne), but offers safety and comfort that cannot be found in riding tap-taps or buses.

BY BUS:

“Tap-taps” are the most economical way to travel in Haiti. Haitian tap-taps are modified trucks or vans and are ubiquitous throughout Haiti. A raised wooden canopy-like cabin usually sits over the truck bed while wood benches are attached to the bed and serve as seats. Tap-taps are frequently painted bright colors, and often bear a religious slogan, such as Jesus vous aime (“Jesus loves you”).

In Port-au-Prince, most routes cost 10 gourdes ($0.25). They are also quite convenient as they will stop anywhere along the route: simply yell “merci!” to get the driver to stop. However, they are sometimes overpacked and can be quite dangerous to ride in the mountain roads where the road conditions are less than ideal. First time travellers who do not speak conversational Creole are advised not to travel by tap-tap without assistance. There are also school bus versions of tap-taps used for longer voyages. These are often modified school buses.

A more comfortable alternative for long distance travel are minibuses. These congregate at various lots throughout the city, organized by destination. Seats to Jacmel, for example, cost about 150 gourdes (30 Haitian dollars, $3.75), while the more comfortable front seat may go for 200 gourdes ($5).

EAT:

Haitian cuisine is typical of Caribbean métissage, a wonderful mix of French and African culinary traditions.. It is similar to its Spanish Caribbean neighbors yet unique in its strong presence of spices. Roast goat called ‘kabrit’, morsels of fried pork ‘griot’, poultry with a Creole sauce ‘poulet creole’, rice with wild mushroom ‘du riz jonjon’ are all wonderful and tasty dishes.

Along the coast fish, lobster and conch are readily available. Haiti has a very fine collection of fruit including guava, pineapple, mango (Haiti’s most prized fruit), banana, melons, breadfruit, as well as mouth watering sugarcane cut and peeled to order on the streets. Restaurants in the bigger cities provide safe and delicious meals, and precautions are taken with the food and water to keep things safe.

However, even in resorts with purified water, it is not always safe to assume that raw vegetables (such as lettuce and tomatoes) have been properly washed. In smaller or more humble venues make sure to eat fruit and vegetables that can be skinned or peeled, drink bottled drinks only, make sure any ice is from a clean water source, and make sure any meat is well-cooked.

When bottled water or boiled water is not available, a freshly opened coconut provides water and electrolytes with minimal health risk.

DRINK:

Haitian rum is well-known. ‘Barbancourt 5 star’ is a top drawer drink. ‘Clairin’ is the local firewater made from sugarcane that can be bought on the street, often flavored with various herbs that can be seen stuffed into the bottle. ‘Prestige’ is the most popular beer, and is of good quality and excellent taste. Also be sure to try the ‘Papye’ drink, a sort of papaya milk shake that is deliciously refreshing beyond words on a hot day. Cremas is a tasty, creamy alcoholic beverage that is derived from coconut milk.

Haiti has become famous for its very informal yet interesting bustling marketplace. Everything is sold here ranging from the curiously appealing to the dullest of objects for rather inexpensive prices. Haggling is both wise and recommended, as most Haitians will charge foreigners at least double the market rate. There are various large retail supermarkets in the capital that offer a variety of items at fixed prices. Haiti has a world of crafts waiting to be sought after.

**All travel information has been sourced from wikivoyage. However like wikipedia, wikivoyage is an open platform editable by any member of the public. Therefore, although very useful, all above information IS INDICATIVE ONLY and must be verified prior to personal use. Moreover, if you wish to see more information please visit: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/haiti
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Name: Citadelle Laferrière
Location: Nord, Haiti
The Citadelle Laferrière, is a large mountaintop fortress in Nord, Haiti, located on top of the mountain Bonnet a L’Eveque, approximately 27 kilometres (17 mi) south of the city of Cap-Haïtien. It is one of the largest fortresses in the Americas and was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1982—along with the nearby Sans-Souci Palace. The mountaintop fortress has itself become an icon of Haiti.

The Citadel was built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion (1791–1804), after Haiti gained independence from France at the beginning of the 19th century.

The Citadel is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Haiti. 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 11 kilometre (7 mi) trail is navigable by 4WD vehicle, although infrequent landslides and construction projects sometimes make this unreliable.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citadelle_Laferrière
Name: Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH) is a museum featuring the heroes of the independence of Haiti and the Haitian history and culture. It was opened in 1983. This cultural center is to perpetuate and disseminate the memory of "Fathers of the Nation".

One of its main missions is to participate in heritage conservation and dissemination of national culture. The MUPANAH is an institution whose function is the conservation, protection and enhancement of historical and cultural heritage. Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the museum building was only slightly damaged due in part to its semi-buried construction, making it less prone to destruction.

The museum traces Taínos, Spanish, and a section dedicated to the heroes of independence including silver gun with which Henri Christophe committed suicide and the bell used to announce the independence. It also contains chains of slavery, torture instruments, sculptures and temporary exhibitions of paintings. Another curiosity, the anchor of the Caravel of Christopher Columbus, the Santa Maria measuring 4 meters high.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musée_du_Panthéon_National_Haïtien
Name: Bassin Bleu
Location: Jacmel, Haiti
Bassin Bleu is a natural water site located west of the city of Jacmel, in the Sud-Est department of Haiti. It is a series of three pools along the Petite Rivière de Jacmel. To access the site, you need to go in the direction of La Vallée-de-Jacmel, and then Bassin-Bleu. From the village of Bassin-Bleu, the road to the site is up.

Access is not very difficult with a four-wheel drive vehicle. It is a winding road in the mountains allowing access to the site. Getting into the best open part and for diving from several levels requires about a 20 minute hike, then roping down a 12 ft rock face. Locals are often present for guidance and steadying. As of 2017, generally each person pays an "optional" contribution at the tourism office, then one can walk there independently or hire a local guide for a fee (about 100G per person).

The site consists of three pools: Bassin Palmiste, Bassin Bleu and Bassin Clair. The latter is by far the most well-known with a cascade of 10 metres (32.8 ft) falling into a pool of turquoise water.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassin_Bleu_(Jacmel)
FLIGHT TIMES / MAJOR CITIES
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