Friday, 26 June 2015

Walking trips to Haiti launched

Expect long haul tour operators to show increasing interest in Haiti. Some time ago I announced that tourism was set to help the Caribbean country overcome its troubled recent history. Following years of political unrest and the 2010 earthquake which caused so much devastation and grief the giant Carnival line had announced its intention to develop a cruise port on the island of Tortuga, just off the north coast. with the estimated creation of over 900 jobs. Now Ramblers Worldwide Holidays is to launch guided walking packages there, combining them with visits to the neighbouring Dominican Republic. The itinerary will include the Citadelle Laferriere, the largest fortress in the Americas and part of UN World Heritage Site. It was built on a high summit early in the 19th century by Henri Cristophe, a prime mover in Haiti's slave rebellion. The Haitians placed 365 cannon there as a defence against the French, from whom they has wrested independence - though the feared onslaught never materialised. Prices start at £3199 for 16 days on half board.

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