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Citadelle Laferrière

The Citadelle Laferrière was built in the first part of the 19th century after the country won its independence from France. Near Cap-Haïtien, it is perched atop a mountain that is five miles (8km) uphill from the nearest town. The fortress has 365 cannons and numerous cannonballs, as well as dungeons, storehouses, cisterns and bakery ovens. The Citadelle was never used, but tours are offered by local guides, and the view from the top stretches all the way to Cuba. Visitors can either hike or ride horseback up the steep hillside, though the obvious mistreatment of the animals may put you off.

Information & Facts

Language

Creole is the official language, and French is widely used; English is spoken in the capital and at Labadee cruise port.

Money

The official currency is the Haitian Gourde (HTG), divided into 100 centimes, but US Dollars are also widely accepted. Credit cards are welcome nearly everywhere, but ATMs are scarce and the few there are in Port au Prince are often out of order. Travellers cheques are difficult to exchange.

Time

Local time is GMT -5.

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