Haiti Land of Mountains

Haiti Land of Mountains

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 12 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Important Information

Foreign Office Travel Warnings

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings.

At the time of writing the FCO Advise against all but essential travel to the Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissant and Bel Air neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince.

Further information can be found on the FCO website here - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/haiti  Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or if would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.

Accommodation and Meals

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation which meets our own exacting standards. With a few exceptions you can expect rooms to be en-suite, with private bathroom and when necessary air-conditioning will be provided. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drink

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash. Please note that service levels in Haiti are very low and meals and drinks may take longer than expected.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. Vegetarian options may be limited.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.


The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch £7.50

Dinner £15


The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.

Bottle of Beer £1.20

Water £0.30

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practise in Haiti. If your local guide has been helpful then you could think about tipping. A reasonable amount to tip would be between $20 to $40 for the guide, and slightly less for the driver. In restaurants it is usually 10% and do NOT put it on the credit card as they will never get it.

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: ATM machines can be found in Port au Prince, Jacmel and Cap Haitian but are rare or non-existent elsewhere

Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are generally only acceptable in better hotels and restaurants

Local Currency: Gourde (gde)

Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars – have plenty of smaller value notes.

Where to Exchange: Local supermarkets will exchange US Dollars for Gourde. Do not exchange too much at one time as it is difficult to change back and impossible once you have left the country. Your guide will advise you locally.

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

You should note that if you have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011, this may disqualify you from entering USA on an ESTA visa.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country and be valid for the entire duration of your holiday. 

Visa Information

Most nationalities, including the UK, US and EU nationalities, do not require a visa to enter Haiti. Please note however that upon arrival you will be given an entry card that you’ll need to hand in when you leave the country. Regulations can and do change and so we recommend that you check with your nearest embassy or consulate for the most up to date information.

Please keep hold of the disembarkation card you will be handed on arrival as you will need it at departure.

If travelling to and from Haiti via a third country (for example U.S.A.), please make sure that you meet all the visa requirements for that country.


It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of the developing world, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. Anti-malaria medication may also be required and the use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended.

Preparing for your tour


Haiti is warm all year round, with temperatures hovering around 30 ºC for most of the year. It does however experience a hurricane season, which should be avoided, generally from August to October.  It can be quite a few degrees colder in the mountains, especially at night.


When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy. We advise that you bring at least one pair of long cotton trousers for the ride up to the Citadelle.


The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. An anti-septic cream is also advisable for insect bites. A torch or headlight can come in useful.


Comfortable closed trainers/ hoes/boots are recommended along with a pair of sandals and/or flip flops. If you are going to Bassins Bleu bring footwear that can go in the water.

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.

If you intend buying any of the excellent sculptures or paintings available in Haiti, you might want to consider bringing an extra bag.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Electrical supply is 110-120V/50-60 Hz and plugs usually have two vertical pins.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. Notes updated 02/08/2018