Haiti Summer 2018: Culture, History, and a Beach Love Affair

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THE INSIDE SCOOP

Explore the mystery of Haiti’s unexpected treasures, winding alleyways, and stunning natural beauty. The first and only nation in the world born of a slave revolt, its culture – from its Creole language, to its Vodou religion – is a unique fusion of its African and European heritage. Haitians are Humble, happy and eager to help, probably among the friendliest people in the Caribbean. You’ll encounter children with beaming smiles, resourceful fishermen and warm motherly types that are happy to see you enjoy their country. Yes, there is poverty and desperate people, but traveling in this country opens your eyes to ta different. infectiously happy and welcoming side of Haiti.

What is in for you?

  • 7 nights in carefully selected Haitian hotels and resort.
  • Enjoy a curated itinerary filled with experiences only insiders could have access to.
  • Email support and outstanding customer service before, during and after your travel experience with us.
  • A professional photographer/videographer on hand to capture every magical Haitian moment. Each morning, you’ll receive a new collection of images, and by the end of the voyage, you’ll collect hundreds of professional shots.
  • Experience the things you’d have a hard time finding on your own.
  • Travel locally like a true Haitian.
  • Did we mention that it was stress free? Just bring your passport and we’ll take care of the rest. We’ll handle the hard part so you can enjoy the trip to the fullest!
  • Airport transfers included.

THE DATES

  • June 30th – July 7th, 2018 (limited spaces available)

ACCOMODATION

You’ll spend

2 Unforgettable nights in Port-au-Prince at a charming Hotel with visit to MUPANAH Museum and Les Jardins du Mupanah.

3 Authentic nights in a boutique hotel in Jacmel with excursions to Raymond les Bains and Bassin Bleu.

2 Seamless nights in stunning resort in La Cote Des Arcardins with excursion to sunset cruise and Private Welcome Beach Party with live troubadour band.

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You’ll experience Haiti in a way that most tourists don’t. You will get to learn a lot more about the rich culture and discover the fundamental role the country has played in the emancipation of black people worldwide.

The colorful walls and maze-like alleys of Jacmel offer an endless sensory buffet of local food. A mixture of French, African and Spanish, kréyol is the traditional Haitian cuisine. With most meals served up with diri kole ak pwa, (rice and beans) you’ll find anything from poulet with kidney bean rice, (chicken & rice) to poisson frit et sauce ( fish in creole sauce). Flavourful and not too spicy, Haitian cuisine has its own Caribbean – European flair that you won’t find anywhere else in the region.

After a day spent navigating the frenzied old town, unwind in the soothing waves of the ocean. At night, the senses continue to be dazzled by warm, earthy haitian laughters, local rum, Haitian dances and local artists and musicians all waiting to be discovered.

PORT-AU-PRINCE ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS

This capital city is bustling with cultural and historical riches. There are several museums and historical landmarks important to the global identity along with a wide array of restaurant and music venues. The warmth of the locals will help make your stay an unforgettable one.

❖Multicoloured Jalousie area – A concrete shantytown with colorful houses site
❖Boutilliers Observatory – 3000 feet above sea level, expect fresh air and amazing view of Port au Prince
❖MUPANAH Museum – to learn about Haiti’s epic history (included)
❖Barbancourt Rum Distillery- A national icon in Haiti, bring back a some of Haiti “national treasure’ with you. Wherever you are from, your friends will love you for that!

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JACMEL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS

Historically known as the “City of Light”, Jacmel is one of Haïti’s oldest cities. It is known for its colonial architecture reminiscent of Havana as well as its burgeoning surfing culture and arts district. Jacmel is definitely a desired destination.

❖ Bassin Bleu – consists of three diferent basins of water that flow down from a natural waterfall, the furthest one being the most beautiful. Make sure to bring your bathing suit – the final pool is the perfect place to swim in the clearest mountain water you will ever see (included)
❖ Surf lessons/ Surfing (optional)
❖ Beach Day at Raymond les Bains (included)
❖ Check out the local art scene
❖ Beach Day at Ti Moulliage

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COTE DES ARCADINS ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS

Nestled on the Northwestern coast less than an hour away from Port-au-Prince, this region is home to impeccable white- and pebble-sand beaches and mountain-view landscapes. Enjoy a perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure.

❖ Ogier-Fombrun Museum and Kay Piat – Situated in a restored house, this museum allows you to dive into Haiti’s rich history. It showcases Taino artifacts from the slavery and colonial eras and Go on an adventure and hike up the mountainous trail of Kay Piat (Optional)
❖ Sunset Cruise(included)
❖ Paragliding, Snorkeling, Jet ski and more (Optional)

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HAITI EMBODIES THE VIBE AND EASY LIVING OF THE CARIBBEAN COUPLED WITH HISTORY THAT IS SECOND TO NONE.

AND WE’D LOVE YOU TO JOIN US!

We have partnered with Haiti Nou La a specialist of Haiti for many years to create an experience of a lifetime, that is easier and more authentic than trying to traverse the narrow maze of Haiti by yourself, nose buried in your guidebook, hoping you luck into that life-changing meal or one-of-a-kind souvenir.

You’ll get to travel with like-minded people from all around the world and navigate an unfamiliar environment with someone who understands the culture and knows the turf.

THE THINGS YOU’LL EXPERIENCE WITH US CAN’T BE FOUND IN A GUIDEBOOK.

With Blackvoyageurs & Haiti Nou La, you’ll get backstage-pass access to the most authentic, immersive experiences, compressed into one week of phenomenal highlights.

Over the past few years, Haiti Nou La has had the honor of creating lifelong memories for hundreds of travelers just like you, and we’d love the opportunity to do that for you too.

Haiti is a Caribbean country that hasn’t yet lost its culture and traditions to the western world. You’ll see artisans pounding iron sculptures in the streets, music pumping down alleyways and if you’re lucky, you might catch a Voodoo ceremony and get a true taste of Haitian culture.

In contrast, the snow-capped mountains on the outskirts of town offer a tranquil, stunning landscape, and the friendliest locals you’ll meet.

Traveling with us is like having a backstage pass.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS JOIN! WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED.

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COME WITH US & INDULGE IN THE BLACKVOYAGEURS EXPERIENCE!

A LIFETIME OF VOYAGES

Two decades of traveling under our belts means that we know what it takes to have a good time, anywhere. And now you do too. Our team has traveled, lived and worked in many countries around the world

OUR FRIENDS ARE YOUR FRIENDS

As they say, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. We’ve cultivated incredible relationships with locals over the years and you’ll meet them too, because we’re friends. You’ll also get top-of-the-line food and service because you’re with us. In other words, we’ve got people.

THE COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE

We all have a well traveled friend that has explored the world and has the best recommendations and tips for about any destination in the world, right? Well imagine this friend is traveling with you to Haiti. Telling you about the food, shopping & views, extremely positive, supportive, grounded and drama free? That’s us. We’ve put together the best combination of culture, history and beach, just for you!

SERVICE THAT MATTERS

You’re not just another booking number to us. You’re an honored guest and a valuable part of our family. No matter what time of day or night (even in the wee hours of the morning), you can count on us. We will be able to assist you in French, Creole and well hmmm English ah ah.

A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Throughout this experience, your group will be accompanied by a pro photographer to capture every moment, day in, day out, so you don’t have to. Each morning, he will send you a selection of his best shots for you to share with the world. That means you can just focus on enjoying the moment.

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

We make a lot of efforts to deeply understand you. We understand what you want to see, do, and experience. Unlike many tour operators more interested in quantity, we take pride in seeking quality. The only difference is, now we understand the nuances that allow us to navigate faraway places like locals. This unique perspective will give you a “best of both worlds” experience.

FRIENDS THAT LAST A LIFETIME

We understand that who you share your travel experience with is just as important as where you go. Therefore, we make sure that you travel with like minded people! Our groups are fun-loving, drama free, and a joy to be around. They are open-minded, international and diverse. We want you to be able to network, build friendships and keep growing these relationships after the trip, and come back for more ????

THIS IS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

RENEWED INSPIRATION

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Well, we strongly believe in this! Travel continuously connects you to inspiration that’s proven to fuel a happy, healthy lifestyle. The most successful people in the world constantly pursue inspiration and purpose. Experiencing a sense of purpose, gratitude, and vitality are all direct results of feeling inspired. And those who seek inspiration find it.

LIVE A DREAM YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED

We’ve all heard it: “Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten. If you have dreams to see the world, don’t you owe it to yourself to realize them? We understand that life interjects and bills pile up. But when you look back at your life in five years, what do you want to see? Ambitions reached or dreams put out to dry?

A VOYAGE THAT IS ALSO GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Immerse yourself in an exotic experience. Every day you’ll eat an haitian diet full of fresh vegetables, healing spices, and local seafood or meat. We’ll also be walking daily, including a beautiful hike into the hills and valleys in Cote des Arcadins for the most motivated ones.

WE GOT YOU

If you have ever felt like you’re always on the go, but have very little time for yourself? We got you. Think about it. What if, just for a change, you let us take care of you? We want you to sit back, relax back and leave all the planning and headaches to us. In fact, you’re gonna need time to think about the more important details: like if you’re gonna drink another glass of rum and not worry about driving home.

CONNECT TO A MORE CAREFREE YOU

In a work-obsessed culture, busy is glorified, and financial wealth is superior to emotional or spiritual wealth. But this trip is about putting inner wealth and health first. Who doesn’t need more time to connect with the person you’re meant to be.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1

You’ll land in Port au Prince in mid-afternoon and get a chance to meet your fellow travelers in person for the first time (yay!). We’ll board the private shuttle to our boutique hotel. A stylish combination of Haitian and European decorOnce you’ve had the chance to get acquainted, we’ll gather for welcome drinks. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore, relax, and get settled in your new surroundings.

In the evening, we’ll be treated to rooftop party. An unforgettable way to kick off your stay in Haiti.

DAY 2

You will enjoy a yummy breakfast and have time to relax, before heading to the National museum, MUPANAH and Les Jardins du Mupanah, to learn about Haiti’s epic history. The Garden is definitely a place to see. We will cross cham de mass to enjoy lunch. Once we at the hotel we will check in and you can go enjoy the pool Follow by Night out in town for those interested.

Mid afternoon, we will head to lunch at a local restaurant. You can join us at Boutilliers Observatory for drinks, 3000 feet above sea level, expect fresh air and amazing view of Port au Prince. We’ll help you schedule your optional excursions at

– Multicoloured Jalousie area – A concrete shantytown with colorful houses site Boutilliers Observatory –

Or Barbancourt Rum Distillery- A national icon in Haiti, bring back a some of Haiti “national treasure’ with you.

DAY 3

We’re heading to a gorgeous boutique hotel in Jacmel. You get to enjoy the magnificent views leading to the town and stunning landscape. After check in, we will go Raymond Des Bains where you will enjoy
lunch right on the beach. The setting is breathtaking and you get to see the beautiful sunset.  Later in the evening, we’ll have the opportunity to get lost in Jacmel’s old town, people-watch from a street side café, with entertainers, tourists, and street performers, and learn about the history and craftsmanship of their wares. If you’re feeling adventurous, we encourage you to hop a taxi and explore the city and its striking colorful walls by car.

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DAY 4

Enough city life — today is all about the natural beauty of the region! After breakfast, we will be on the road to
Bassin Bleu, please bring you swimsuit and get ready to enjoy one of the most beautiful waterfall you ever see. Lunch will be served at Bassin Bleu with phenomenal views on one of in Haiti’s most beautiful site. Use your last evening in Jacmel as you please. Ask us for Recommendations on what to do. The people in this part of Haiti are the friendliest, most welcoming people you’ll meet.

In the evening, we’ll get to experience the famous Lako New York, the town’s seafront strip where will have dinner

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DAY 5

After a leisurely morning and a sumptuous breakfast, the day is yours to explore, experience, and relax. We’ll help you schedule your optional excursions for you. Ogier-Fombrun Museum and Kay Piat – Situated in a restored house, this museum allows you to dive into Haiti’s rich history. It showcases Taino artifacts from the slavery and colonial eras and Go on an adventure and hike up the mountainous trail of Kay Piat. Paragliding, Snorkeling, Jet ski and more are also available for those interested.

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DAY 6

After breakfast, we’ll head over to La cote des Arcadins, where we’ll be staying for the last couple nights at one of Haiti’s best resort. A Haitian jewel, surrounded by a 55-hectare natural reserve and 2 kilometers of white sand beaches, colored by an indigo blue sea and ski, can be found between the sea and the mountains of Hispaniola Island. Here, rest and serenity are the rule, amidst a delicious tropical climate averaging 30 degrees centigrade, the warmth of Haitian people and the charm of its gastronomy. .

DAY 7

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After an early breakfast, we’re privy to a behind-the-scenes peek at one of the most intense, intoxicating, and quintessentially Haitian experiences —  Departure for boat excursion. Bring your appetite because drinks and food will be served. All meals and drinks included

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DAY 8

in the view of PAP If you’d like to get up early for a final fix of the capital, you’re welcome to do so before breakfast! After we eat, the shuttle will depart for the PAP airport. Tearful goodbyes and promises to come back will ensue.

*This itinerary is purely indicative and subject to potential changes due to local constraints.

YOUR INVESTMENT

THE INVESTMENT STARTS AT $1,495

Double Occupancy (you will have a roommate)  – $1495 (if paid in full)
Double Occupancy (you will have a roommate)  – $1585 (if paid in portions deposit + 2 payments) Last Payment due May 20th 2018.
Single Occupancy (you have your own room) – $1995 (if paid in full)
Single Occupancy (you have your own room) – $2095 (if paid in portions deposit + 2 payments ) Last Payment due May 20th 2018.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES

  • 7 nights in 3 locations in Haiti.
  • Transfers from airports. (Arrive PAP, depart PAP.)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All activities on itinerary.
  • Day trips, guides and transportation.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (alcohol not included).
  • Accommodation is in a shared room with one other person. We may also have a small number of private rooms. You can submit a request after registering.

Your investment does not include your flight to Port-au-Prince.

YOUR AWESOME TRIP PERKS

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

We want to make it easy for you so everything is organized so you stay sane. Arrive before 1pm local time on the first day of your Experience and our private driver will get you and a few others from your group to and from the airport.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?

Well, this means a stress-free arrival, no worries about finding the hotel and struggling with your suitcases.

CUSTOMIZED SERVICE

Oh, hi zen. Are you there? Blackvoyageurs delivers personalized instructions, so you’ll never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you advice on how to arrive, customized to you.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

You can fly in early and still know exactly how to find us.

YOUR VERY OWN PHOTOSHOOT

You know, just a professional photoshoot of your best vacay highlights. You’ll get the opportunity to run away with our photographer for some time in front of the lens. And we’ll deliver these digitally to you soon after you depart.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?

A private photoshoot on vacation? Enough said.

EMAIL SUPPORT

You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in country. You’ll feel fully taken care of with our expert advice. You’ll also have the opportunity to join a pre-departure call with our team to answer any of your burning questions. Support is just a nudge away.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?

Don’t waste time Googling, just ask us.

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect to others before you go and maintain friendships when you return.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?

One hub for all your travel needs.


THERE ARE PLENTY OF TOUR GROUPS OF THIRTY PEOPLE TRAVELING IN A BIG BUS. WE’RE NOT ONE OF THEM.

WE’VE PURPOSELY LIMITED OUR HAITIAN EXPERIENCE TO A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE. WE WANT YOU TO FEEL AT EASE AS IF YOU WERE TRAVELING WITH YOUR CREW, NOT A FOOTBALL TEAM.

Just think about it. We could totally pack a bunch of people on this trip like most tour companies would. Hint: we have thousands of people on our waitlist.

But this is group travel for people who don’t normally go on group trips. We want you to travel like a local, so we keep our numbers low. We know that small group travel is a great balance of fun and simplicity, and it’s better than traveling alone.

HERE ARE THE PERKS OF TRAVELING WITH US

  • It’s so much more fun than traveling alone.
  • You’ll meet the most epic people.
  • It’s easier than traveling with a friend because we handle all the planning.
  • You have the luxury of drivers and guides to help you with everything.
  • You have a professional photographer by your side.
  • You’ll get the real deal Haiti! Not just the things you can find in a guidebook or what you see on TV.
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR AND FAQ

HAVE YOU ALREADY VISITED HAITI?

Awesome. So you know how amazing it is — and how much there is to see and do (and eat) there! But think of how much richer your experience could be when you travel with someone who knows the locals and all the secret spots? Unless you have an haitian friend and stayed with them at their home, it’s impossible not to feel like a tourist. We offer an alternative to that.

WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO HAITI?

Oh boy, you are in for the biggest treat. If it’s your first time, you’ll love the safety of traveling with our group, and the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, ripped off, or hassling with foreign currency. We take care of everything.

BUT HOLD ON. THIS TRIP ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.

IT IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You love insider knowledge: you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
  • You’re not afraid to try new things, including but not limited to some amazing cuisine.
  • You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others.
  • You’re down with some strenuous physical exercise.

THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU IF:

  • You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic, or are just plain depressing to be around.
  • You’re not into trying new things or stepping outside of your comfort zone.
  • You don’t like Haitian food. That is what we’ll be eating. Every day. (If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet, you’ll be fine.)
  • You’re a wild party animal that doesn’t respect local cultures.
  • You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE ARE WE STAYING?

You’ll be staying in 3 different locations throughout the voyage. Our hotels are carefully selected so you can feel at ease and comfortable.

CAN I EXTEND MY STAY?

Great idea! We’ll give you tips.

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

Fly into and out of Port-au-Prince Toussaint l’Ouverture Airport (PAP). We provide airport transfers for free.*

I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, CAN YOU HELP?

We thought you’d never ask. Email hello@blackvoyageurs.com or hello@haitinoula.com so we can meet you and give you personal advice.

I’M NOT A “TOUR PERSON” AND I USUALLY PLAN MY OWN TRIPS.

Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different, too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your experience.

WILL I BE TOO OLD, OR TOO YOUNG?

Our guests range in age from their 20s to their 40s. Age doesn’t mean much when we’re all searching for a better life. Our experiences are more adventurous, so in that sense, it does require that you are healthy and can walk or hike easily.

*If you arrive before 1pm local time and depart before 5pm local time

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TESTIMONIALS

HEAR WHAT PAST GUESTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TRAVELING WITH US

“My first time to Haiti. When I decided to go to Haiti all I wanted to do was see and experience something different. I had no expectations. I was just so excited to go lol. Of course I heard about it being poor and dangerous but so are other places I’ve visited. I felt safe both times (Feb. 2017 & Aug. 2017). It’s a beautiful country, the people are nice, the food is delicious and the beaches are gorgeous. I’ve learned so much about Haiti. It’s one of my favorite places to visit now. I’m very happy I traveled with Haiti Nou La! Everything was great! I didn’t feel like a tourist. All of the excursions and activities were well planned. They make sure your experience is one of a kind and fun. I recommend HNL for your Haitian experience! See ya next time!”

— Sharon, New York

“I just came back from a trip with Haiti Nou La and it was terrific. I have been to Haiti before, but I was able to see places that I had

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