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Wonders of Haiti

Pestel - small seaside town in Haiti
Pestel – small seaside town in Haiti / Ken Bosma, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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Haiti – the state of rebellious slaves – for centuries is going through gruesome pains of development.
Too often it is too dangerous both to its own people and its guests and thus the interesting natural and man-made heritage remains little known to the outside world.

Most interesting wonders of Haiti are its historical cities with French colonial architecture, Vodou related monuments, karst formations – beautiful caves and waterfalls with tufa formations.

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WorldViolet Top 22 wonders of Haiti

Geological wonders

Saut-d’Eau Falls


Large waterfall with interesting tufa formations. An important pilgrimage site of mixed Christian and vodou rites.

Saut-d’Eau Falls, Haiti
Saut-d’Eau Falls / Jstplace, Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Bassins Bleu


Group of three blue lakes, linked with waterfalls.

Bellony Cave


One of the most beautiful caves in Haiti, 46 m deep.

Marie-Jeanne Cave


The longest known cave in Haiti, some 4 km long and 41 m deep, rich with beautiful speleothems.

Saut Mathurine Falls


Large, some 27 m tall waterfall on Cavaillon River, interesting tufa formations.

Saut Mathurine Falls, Haiti
Saut Mathurine Falls, Haiti./ Hispaniola News, Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0
Gouffre Sejourne


Deep cave that starts with 125 m deep pothole. Its explored depth is 167 m.

Trouin Sene


Large cave, explored length is 1,668 m, depth – 92 m.

Bassin Zim Falls


Impressive, fan-shaped falls, some of the largest in Haiti.

Kounoubwa Cave


Large cave with a huge hall in it.

Biological wonders

Pic Macaya cloud forest in Massif de la Hotte


The last remaining cloud forest in Haiti, area with numerous unique species of plants and animals, mostly amphibians. Pic Macaya is 2 347 m high.

Archaeological wonders

Dondon Caves


Group of magnificent caves with stone carvings of stalagmites and petroglyphs made by Taino people. Caves still are used by vodou priests.

Bassin Zim Cave


Large cave with Taino petroglyphs. It is used for vodou rituals.

En Bas Saline


Site of a large Taino town that existed sometimes around 1200 – 1530 AD.

Architecture wonders

Citadelle Laferrière


The largest fortress in Americas, built in 1805 – 1830 in order to protect Haiti from French. Very well preserved, originally had 365 cannons, many still preserved. Very interesting are the stockpiles of cannonballs. Walls rise 40 m high.

Citadelle Laferrière in Haiti - largest fortress in Americas
Citadelle Laferrière – largest fortress in Americas / Alex E. Proimos, Flickr / CC BY 2.0


City with well preserved French colonial architecture, little changed since the 19th century. Suffered major damage in earthquake in 2010.

General view of Jacmel, Haiti
General view of the town / Alex Polotsky, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Grand Cimetière De Port-au-Prince


City cemetery, site of gruesome legends. This place has recent tragic history when the bodies of deceased after the earthquake of 2010 were dumped here, among the living people who were using the graves as shelters after the earthquake. Countless stories about terrible apparitions are told now.

Sans-Souci Palace in Haiti


Royal residence of the first king of Haiti, King Henri I. Constructed in 1810 – 1813. Now in ruins but once it was one of most splendid buildings in Americas.

Sans-Souci Palace, Haiti
Sans-Souci Palace / Rémi Kaupp, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Haitian National Museum of Art


Museum with a rich collection of pre-Columbian art from the whole Haiti.



One of historical fortifications in Haiti.

Hotel Oloffson


Hotel in ornate Victorian mansion from the 19th century.



Historical city with well preserved French colonial architecture.

Fort la Bouque


One of three local forts in this area.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Journey Through Haiti

Haiti is one of the poorest and environmentally depleted countries in the world. Andrew Crone traveled to Haiti to explore the factors that have created Haiti’s grim sustainability outlook. Ride along with him as he encounters the challenges of visiting Haiti for the first time. Discover how his goals and perceptions were challenged along the way as he gathered these stories that will take you deep into a complex reality.

Haiti (Bradt Travel Guide)

A new edition of the only standalone guidebook on Haiti available, fully updated and with expanded content reflecting Haiti’s recent growth in tourism, and packed with practical information covering everything from accommodation, eateries, and travel routes to wildlife and ‘Vodou’. A comprehensive section on conservation and natural history and insightful information on Haiti’s rich artistic, architectural, and musical heritage ensure nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts are well catered for. Paul Clammer discusses the merits of Haitian rum, how to catch a Port-au-Prince taptap (bus), and Graham Greene’s connection with the famous Hotel Oloffson.

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