After the busy and hectic streets of Port-au-Prince a walk in the Haitian countryside is a pleasant experience especially with a guide. The guided tour offered by Touris Lakay starts at the Ogier Fombrun Museum, a place to learn about the area’s history from pre-Colombian times to Haiti’s colonial era, when in the 1700s Haiti was the largest producer of sugar in the Caribbean. Take note of the authentic stone aqueduct and the 20-foot wooden wheel used to extract juice from the sugar cane.
The walking tour wanders past the cane fields where cows graze with the mountains as a backdrop and continues to a spring where the community gathers to wash clothes, bath and where sacred, secret vodou ceremonies are purported to take place. However, authentic vodou practices are not usually open to casual tourists. The guide, Sala, will identify trees and plants along the way.
The walk along quiet, serene paths continues to a port and on to village of Montrouis where there is a lively market. While most of the vendors are selling fruits and vegetables there are a many things for sale, bargaining is the usual practice. Walkers who know French or Creole will enjoy chatting with the friendly people. The walk is at an easy pace and gives one the feel of the tranquil countryside making is a great way to experience the “real” Haiti. At the end of the walking tour guests return to the historic mill in the back of a Tap-Tap, brightly trucks that serve as taxis in Haiti. Agathe of Touris Lakay also offers a hiking tour to the mountains, a boat trip to La Gonave where the snorkeling is great, and other options to help visitors discover Haiti.