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Best Hiking Trails in Haiti

Overview

Known more for the challenges the country faces, such as the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has plenty of mountainscapes that seem largely unexplored. The main hiking areas include Parc National La Visite and Pic La Selle in the Massif de la Selle, with Jacmel as a good base; Parc National Pic Macaya; and the mountains in northern Haiti near Cap-Haitien.  There isn’t a lot of information available for hiking in Haiti. The best months to go hiking in Haiti are December to March, the dry season.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Haiti. 

Capital: Port-au-Prince

When To Hike in Haiti?

December – March: Dry season
April – November: Rainy season

Climate: Tropical – wet and dry seasons. 

 

Haiti Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium – Hard: Difficult to find info on trekking; roads aren’t in the best condition, and there can be roadblocks so it’s difficult to access trails; English may not be spoken in many areas outside of the main cities. Definitely need a guide. 

Transportation required: Car; 4×4

Where to stay in Haiti for hiking:

  • Jacmel
  • Cap-Haitien
  • Camp-Perrin

Most popular hikes in Haiti

There are mountainous areas located throughout the country. The two main areas that are currently most well known are in the Massif de la Selle and the Massif de la Hotte. Highest Mountain: Pic la Selle (2680 m) in the Massif de la Selle.

Filter out hiking places of Haiti by month

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Northern Haiti

  • Mountainous but not much info on hiking here
  • There are low mountains directly behind Cap-Haitien which could be ideal but no info on hiking them; there are beaches there as well
  • The northwest looks like prime hiking territory but no info on hiking 

Massif de la Hotte

  •  Parc National Pic Macaya
    • Pic Macaya 
  • Parc National Grande Colline

Massif de la Selle

  • Jacmel is the main city close by
  • Parc National La Visite – the most visited 
  • Pic la Selle

Long Distance Trails of Haiti

Haiti's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Haiti Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

 

Best Hiking Trails in Haiti:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from  trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Pic La Selle
  • Pic Cabayo
  • Pic Macaya
  • Senguin
  • Bucambour Valley

Easy Hiking Trails in Haiti:

  • Bassin Bleu
  • Kaskad Boukan

 

Haiti Hiking Websites:

 

Haiti Weather Website:

 

Haiti Official Tourism Organizations:

 

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What Else To Do

  • Citadelle Laferriere
  • Bassin Bleu

Other Important Points

  • Deforestation is a big problem 
  • One of the poorest nations in the Caribbean (western hemisphere even) therefore infrastructure in general may be not great
  • First slave rebellion happened here