HAITI

I am a native of Haiti and i have travelled all around the country. Since 2010 i have made a big effort to walk and travel off the beaten paths. I am very surprised to read that Haiti is dangerous for backpackers, when perhaps backpacking and camping are the safest and best tourism Haiti has to offer. What you need to understand is that in a country like Haiti a backpacker has the immediate assistance of the general population 24/7. And a backpacker in the countryside is seen as a gift to the community. Now our infrastructures are poor but technology and modernity allows us now to have professional medical rescue teams. It seems to me that your article was not written for a backpacker. Because again, Haiti is the perfect country for backpacking. Every country in the world, even the most dangerous countries in the world, has at least one form of tourism that is adequate. Haiti has the ability to offer a down to heart, exotic, colourful, disconnecting and refreshing evasion experience. Take away our luxury five star experience, I cannot blame you for that. But I'm begging you, do not take away from us the unique five star magical experience we are so good at offering.

Posted by Jean-Marc Bastien, 25th November 2017

I have lived in Haiti for nearly a year, mostly in the Clercine neighborhood of Port Au Prince. I have backpacked all over this spectacularly beautiful country and camped (in a tent) perhaps 50 times. I have never been a victim of any kind of crime while in Haiti, and I travel by foot, hitch hiking and public transportation. Lonely planet has an excellent guidebook on Haiti.

Posted by David E, 21st January 2012
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