By Megan Collier and Raluca Velker
If Bassin Bleu is yet to be added to your top world destination bucket list, then it is highly suggested that you soon revise your list with this place being towards the top. Imagine journeying through by Jeep making your way past lush jungles, trees that you never knew existed and unspoilt lands while at last you reach what is known to be one of Haiti’s most precious gems. A place that you may have only believed to exist in movies and those Discovery Channel shows that make it seem near impossible to get to.
“Imagine journeying through by Jeep making your way past lush jungles, trees that you never knew existed and unspoilt lands while at last you reach what is known to be one of Haiti’s most precious gems.”
A Picture Perfect Place Waiting to be Explored
Well, luckily for you this place is absolutely reachable and somewhere you will be thanking your lucky stars that you decided to take the long journey to get to it. Bassin Bleu consists of a series of bright turquoise colored wading pools all made of fresh water that is perfect for cooling off after a long day in that hot Haitian sun. The first stop is Bassin Cheval where visitors will find themselves surrounded by a combination of gorgeous pools and shallow falls all calling their names.
“It looks very much like an oasis sent from heaven, for all the people looking to find some peace, balance, tranquility and happiness.”
You will find it near the city of Jacmel, in the South East part of Haiti. But don’t expect to find it in downtown, as it is a beautiful natural gem that awaits hidden in the forests uphill to the city. So your journey to the Bassin will be a perfect opportunity to witness the incredible natural sceneries, flora and fauna of Haiti; a relaxing hiking activity in the middle of nature. And once you hit the spot, you will know you are there.
“…your journey to the Bassin Blue will be a perfect opportunity to witness the incredible natural sceneries, flora and fauna of Haiti.”
Make Like Tarzan & Grab a Rope
Having a guide alongside you, next is quite possibly the most adventurous and fun of it all where you will be told to remove your shoes and proceed to propel down a rock using a rope. Once you’ve got your heart thumping, you’ll soon forget the slight panic you felt gripping onto the rope as you look up and feast your eyes upon one of Haiti’s most breathtaking sceneries. A series of three different pools all 4-8 feet deep are there for you to explore, bathe in and for the brave ones, even jump right into.
“A series of three different pools all 4-8 feet deep are there for you to explore, bathe in and for the brave ones, even jump right into.”
A Place You Will Surely Never Forget
Being able to experience such pure and unspoilt natural beauty in such an up close and personal way is something that you will surely not soon forget. Though many visitors to Haiti believe the journey alone is reason not to visit this incredible wonder, you can be certain that if you do decide to make the journey up with the help of a local guide, it will be an experience and adventure of a lifetime that many cannot say they have ever experience. Join the small list of lucky travelers who can say they’ve swam and explored one of the most beautiful places in all of Haiti.
“Join the small list of lucky travelers who can say they’ve swam and explored one of the most beautiful places in all of Haiti.”
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