Jacmel, the creative city and its secrets
You will visit the Historical Center of Jacmel to learn the rich history of the city. You will discover its architectural uniqueness, the well-kept historical secret of each of the ancestral houses, the history of the famous Carnival of Jacmel, its artisanal production as well as it's gastronomy's. You will live the nightlife of the city.
To relax a bit, we will make you discover the famous Bassin Bleu, a jewel that has left no tourist indifferent.
- Stay in Jacmel in a hotel with a colonial architecture
- Unique history and architecture of Jacmel
- Papier mache workshop, making your own mask
- The incredible Bassin Bleu
- Étang Bossier
- Connection with the local, the Jacmelian peasantry
Your experience in details
Day 1: Port-au-Prince / Jacmel
Our team will welcome you warmly at the airport of Port-au-Prince. The driver will take you with pleasure to the south.
On the road, breathtaking landscapes will pass in front your eyes. You will cross the southern mountain range offering exceptional panoramas; you will understand why Haiti means «mountainous land».
Once in Jacmel, Colin's Hotel will receive you cordially. Colin's Hotel is an old house dating from the late 19th century, converted into a hotel. The house has been beautifully restored and decorated to preserve the colonial architecture of the old Jacmel.
Day 2 : Jacmel - Excursion : Jacmel, yesterday's and today's reality - Breakfast
Upon awakening, the sweet aroma of Haitian coffee will tell you it's time for breakfast. Enjoy every sip of this unique coffee.
Then, get ready to understand the difference between the two realities of Jacmel. The city's history will be told, from its founding to today. A guide will reveal the history of the most important old houses of the city, as well as their well-kept secrets.
After this excursion, for lunch, the Florita hotel's restaurant will suggested ($$$).
In the evening, a second excursion, named «Jacmel at night» awaits you. This second course will tell you the symbolic history of voodoo through its philosophy, practices, rhythms and captivating songs. Your guide will also take you to a voodoo temple with the presence of a priest to draw a "vèvè" for you and answer all your questions.
Day 3 : Jacmel - Excursion : Jacmel through its masks, legendary characters and its papier mache - Breakfast
In the morning upon awakening, you will take the time to enjoy your breakfast.
The next excursion will show you why Jacmel is called «Creative City». it will introduce you to the city's carnival culture through it's craft products. You will discover the close relationship between the annual carnival, its papier mache masks and the legendary characters. You will also visit a workshop to make your own mask; you will see, the experience is unforgettable. Finally, the guide will take you to play the conga to the rhythm of Konpa (Haitian cultural dance).
In the evening, head to Florita hotel to taste their specialty, sour rum; or go to the Kombo Club for a delicious Prestige beer.
Day 4 : Jacmel - Excursion : Jacmel and its nature - Breakfast
In the morning, you will wake up peacefully with the coffee's aroma while you'll have breakfast.
The excursion of the day will explain to you the city's nature side through its natural sites and the life of the Jacmelian peasantry (Étang Bossier, La Vallée, etc.).
In the evening, you will relax by going to the Barack or the The Vatican club to dance to the sound of rhythmic music.
Jour 5 : Jacmel - Excursion : Bassin Bleu waterfalls - Breakfast
After a delicious breakfast, hurry to savor the cherry on the sundae: bathing day in Blue Basin, a must !
Bassin Bleu is both falls formed by three natural pools and extraordinary caves. By diving in it, you'll feel like you're submerged by a fountain of youth. Bassin Bleu will welcome you not only to refresh you, but also to allow you to contemplate one of the most beautiful natural sites of Haiti. Bring a lunch because it is guaranteed that you will want to spend several hours there.
In the evening, you will go through a range of emotions by attending plays prepared by the youth of the community at the Alliance Française.
Jour 6 : Jacmel / Port-au-Prince - Activity : Walk and gifts & souvenirs purchase - Breakfast
Your last hours in Jacmel. After breakfast, you will have time to take a short walk on the legendary Boulevard du Bord de Mer, just outside the hotel. Visit the craftsmen's shops and buy small gifts and souvenirs for you and your loved ones !
Around 12pm, you will take the road towards the airport of Port-au-Prince. Jacmel thanks you for your visit and hopes to see you again soon.