Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Tourists who are put off by the extreme poverty would be better off going elsewhere. However, those with patience and an open mind will find a rich culture in Haiti that is unique among post-colonial nations.
It is extremely helpful when travelling to Haiti to have a local contact, through a church, a hotel or simply through a friendship. Experiences like eating locally, riding a stepper or strolling through one of the crowded outdoor markets are fun and rewarding, but they are much safer and easier if you have a trusted Haitian to accompany you as a guide and interpreter.
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