Dominique-Photographer

Can’t imagine what living 100 years ago is like? Go to Ile a Vache in Haiti.

In Finance, Photography on April 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Last week during my break I visited Ile a Vache (Cow Island), a small and lush island located about 9.5 miles away from Les Cayes on the southwestern coast of Haiti. It is about 8 miles long and 2 miles wide with a total area of 20 square miles.

The island has no electric power, no telephones and no source of drinking water.  All traffic is by foot, mule or boat. Depending on which side of the fence you stand, it remains regrettably or fortunately isolated, very much as many other Caribbean islands may have been over 100 years ago.

The population of the island is around 13,000 residing clustered around small villages such as Madame Bernard and Ka-Kok. The economic activity is centered on basic survival consisting of fishing, corn cultivation and selling fruits. 750 miles from the coast of the United States families still cook outside on three stone fires, live in thatch or tin roof cottages and, during the rainy season, walk 2 hours barefoot to the weekly market in Madame Bernard.

A popular tourist site in Haiti and no wonder, it remains one of the few places where you get away from the noise and distractions of the modern world. Beautiful beaches, hills and valleys with several small swamps, a lagoon and one of the largest mangrove forests in Haiti make it one of the world’s few hidden treasures.

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