Jacmel Haiti Carnival

Jacmel, Haiti

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

Haitian Nomad
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  • Email address verified
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32 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
Welcome

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
32 reviews
We are a travel company specializing in creating 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.

Reviews

This was definitely a trip of a lifetime for our family! We have been to Cap-Haitien with the Haitian Nomad before but this trip was special because we brought our family who included a 77 y/o amputee and a 70 y/o traveler who has never left the US to experience the beauty of Haiti!! Richard went above and beyond to make sure they could enjoy Haiti just as we have in the past! There were challenges that he conquered including securing an ATV to safely get both of them to the top of La Citadelle (no easy feat in Haiti)!! Then he was able to give us all the gift of seeing our dad swim in the ocean after not being in the water in over 3 years when he was an avid swimmer in the past!! This trip was nothing short of a miracle and we truly appreciate all the hard work that went into making it perfect!! We will continue to refer everyone to the Haitian Nomad for a true Haitian cultural experience!!
MJ
If you're looking for effortless travel, look no further than Haitian Nomad. Richard and his team's detailed approach to customer experience ensure an unforgettable experience. Haitian Nomad Trips are curated to include cultural experiences to provide travelers with a better understanding and appreciation of your destination. As a Diner En Blan alum, this experience is a planning feat, but in trueHaitian Nomad from everything from tablescape to transportation were handled to allow us the rare opportunity of attending the event without lifting a finger. Thanks for another memorable experience!
We had a blast in Haiti. Richard was an awesome host.
By Catherine Lewis for Diner En Blanc Haiti on Aug 20, 2019
Great trip! Well organized with fun activities and a good group of people. I appreciate that the group was relatively small so that you could get to know each other. Everything we needed was taken care of. I really had a great time.
CH
I had great time . Enjoyed meeting wonderful people , delicious food and comfortable accommodations. Thank you this fantastic experience!
By Cheryl Harden for The Luxurious Escape on Jul 17, 2019
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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