Jacmel Haiti Carnival

Jacmel, Haiti

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Feb 21 - 25, 2019
Group size: 1 - 6
Jacmel Haiti Carnival
Jacmel, Haiti

Haitian Nomad
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56 reviews

$1250
Deposit: $250
Feb 21 - 25, 2019
Group size: 1 - 6

About this trip

Jacmel’s Carnival celebrations are famous across Haiti, and every year thousands of partygoers descend on the city to take part in this fantastic spectacle. Jacmel turns into one giant street theater for the event: it’s a world away from the sequins and sparkle of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

The streets suddenly swell and everywhere you look are strange figures in fantastical papier-mâché masks – the signature image of Jacmel Carnival. You can see the masks being made and on display in the ateliers year-round. Jungle animals jostle with mythical birds, giant fruit and lwa (Vodou spirits). Mixed in with the procession are celebrants dressed as Arawaks and colonists, and horned figures covered in molasses and soot, who tease revelers with their sticky grab. St Michael and his angels ritually fight the devil, while gangs of monsters – caricaturing military misrule – growl scarily at the crowds. There’s even a donkey dressed up in peasant clothes and sneakers (an old Carnival favorite).

Music is everywhere, from bands on organized floats to rara (one of the most popular forms of Haitian music) outfits on foot. It’s an enormous party. The procession kicks off roughly around noon, with celebrations continuing late into the night.

What’s included

  • Beautiful Cliff House
    Double Occupancy
  • All meals
  • All transportation
  • Tour of Jacmel
  • Bassin Bleu waterfall
  • Port-au-prince pre-fun
  • Knowledgeable Guide
  • VIP mask tour
  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • $10 airport tax
  • Extra meals/drinks
  • Credit card fees

Available options

Single Supplement (No Roommate)only 2 left
$500

Itinerary

Welcome to Haiti
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Enjoy the setting in the gardens of the Hotel Montana with an amazing 180 degree view of the entire city of Port-au-Prince from the restaurant's balcony--perched over a cliff.

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Haitian Nomad
56 reviews
We are a travel company specializing in curating authentic experiences around the world in beautiful exotics destinations through the lens of locals. We are experts on less travelled places like Haiti, Cuba, Egypt and more --making sure you leave with an experience of a lifetime from our top-notch​ customer-service driven team.

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I had a wonderful time! I thought there was a good variety of excursions/activities that everyone could find something to enjoy. I also thought there was enough downtime to participate in activities or explore on your own. The dinner venues were gorgeous and the group of people I traveled with were very friendly. I hope to travel with them again!
By Stacie Clemmons for Thailand NYE 2019 on Jan 16, 2020
Another great Haitian Nomad trip in the books!! Thailand was beautiful and Richard did an excellent job curating this trip as always! The cooking class was more fun than I was expecting it to be. The elephant sanctuary was lots of fun! The hotel was beautiful! The restaurants we ate at were great! Transportation was good and we made it everywhere safely. Richard was always available for questions and we had plenty to do! Shopping in Old Town and at the Chillva night market were both fun and cultural experiences. Spa day was right on time!! And bringing in the New Year on Patong Beach was definitely a dream come true! We could have spent more time at the beach on the day we visited the Phi Phi Islands but other than that the trip was phenomenal! And the Phi Phi Islands are beautiful!!! Can't wait for our next adventure with the Haitian Nomad!! Thanks Richard!!
By Patricia Francois for Thailand NYE 2019 on Jan 15, 2020
Thank you to the Haitian Nomad team for a wonderful experience in Thailand. Everything from site seeing to the dinner restaurant choices, to the activities was nothing short of amazing. This was my second Haitian Nomad experience and I cannot wait to sign up for another trip. Haitian Nomad is a trustworthy provider who does it's best to provide the absolute best service to its customers/travellers. Thank You!!!!
By Danielle Bembury for Thailand NYE 2019 on Jan 14, 2020
Once again, Haitian Nomad Trips do not disappoint! I enjoyed the variety of excursions and activities, and the accommodations. Richard and the HNT team never stop working to bring you the ultimate memorable experience!
By Kenya Lee for Thailand NYE 2019 on Jan 14, 2020
I traveled with Haitian nomad to Thailand approx 3 years ago i traveled with Haitian nomad to Cuba. I chose to return to Haitian nomad because of the precise organization that is conducted. Richard and his staff are attentive to the needs of their customers, always humble and understand that their customers needs come first. I will continue to be a top fan of Haitian nomad and continue to support. I had a great time in Thailand thanks to Haitian nomad and look forward to more trips in the future.
By Nicole Gonzales for Thailand NYE 2019 on Jan 06, 2020
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Short Version: Book with him ASAP I cannot recommend the Haitian Nomad enough!! My first trip, we'd returned from Cuba and after the experience, I was thoroughly impressed with Richard's trip. His trips are extremely well planned and a lot of thought and effort was put into ensuring everyone is having the time of their life. Richard pays attention to all the little details, is very organized, and adds a personal touch to the experience that you're not likely to get anywhere else. During our trip to Cuba, Richard organized a wonderful home-cooked rooftop dinner in the city of Trinidad and it was such a fun, unique experience. He made sure to take us around to the sights and helped us if we needed anything while on the trip. Prior to the trip, Richard provided us with all the necessary information leading up to the trip and gave us tips and suggestions on what to expect and other things to do as well. He is also open to feedback on how his service can be improved so he gets an A in customer service from me. Overall, it was the perfect trip and I couldn't have asked for more. So far I've been on about 5 or 6 trips (maybe more) and it exceeds expectations every time!
By Jessica Williams on Jul 16, 2019