We highly encourage those who travel to Haiti with us to know a little bit about the country before visiting. Having a basic understanding of the culture you are entering and the places are you seeing makes the experience more meaningful. We recommend these these three books as good resources to help give you an introduction to or deepen your understanding of Haiti.
Mountains Beyond Mountains is a story about an American doctor set in the Central Plateau region of Haiti where Expedition Ayiti is based. The book, apart from being a fascinating story, gives a glimpse into life in that region of Haiti. We will visit Cange, the community where the story is set, as part of our trip on the Central Plateau.
We recommend this book to people who have never been to Haiti and would like a basic understanding of the country's culture.
Haiti: The Aftershocks of History examines the complex past of Haiti in order to better understand the present. This book is good for those who are seeking a more in-depth understanding of the history of Haiti.
We recommend this book to people who have been to Haiti and have a basic understanding of the country's history.
In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented cases of zombies—people who had reappeared in Haitian society years after they had been officially declared dead and had been buried. Drawn into a netherworld of rituals and celebrations, Davis penetrated the vodoun mystique deeply enough to place zombification in its proper context within vodoun culture. You can read his account in The Serpent and The Rainbow.
We recommend this book to people who have been to Haiti and/or are interested in Haiti's Voodoo culture.