If you are a lover of everything raw, Rustik is the place for you. I personally am a nature lover. I am in love with everything that can be beautiful without having to be artificial or ridiculously expensive.this is probably why I fell in love with Rustik. Yes I am a beach lover but I also LOOOVE some good times at the mountain! As I was saying, whether you live in Haïti, are backpacking or working there as an expat, this is an experience for anybody looking for something unusual that will help them get away and connect with nature.
Up in the mountains, Rustik is located in Furcy: a one hour drive from Pétion-Ville. The road is good until you are about 20 minutes away. Then, you have to slow down to avoid damaging your car.
On the road, you can relax and take some time to breathe the fresh air and admire the beauty of the mountains. You will spot kids playing, sellers, people around campfires drinking some coffee and even horses. The scenery is wonderful especially on evenings. Air is cold, trees are tall and the clouds caress the mountain tops as time seems to be still.
Turning left in front of the big church, you will arrive at Rustik. The place, impressive to say the least, is made of recycled “junk”. Wood and old bottles create a “tree-house” kind of vibe. Everything gives the illusion to be falling apart even though they are all very solid. There are no walls, only empty bottles forming a so what separation between the different sections of the place. The wood cracks as you take steps and the wind always threatens us to blow the roof away like some kind of bad joke. What I find most charming about this place is the fact that everything seems to be coming straight from a garage: old chairs, wooden tables, wooden windows with the paint falling off, old tires… Nothing is left unused. Even the glasses and lamps are made of old recycled bottles.
Four other girls and I shared a room with 3 dunk beds. Warning! Bring warm clothes! At night, particularly between September and March, the nights are VERY cold. Remember that there are no walls, just bottles separating the room from the forest so the cold air just gets right in. But no need to skip on the experience because of this. There are many things you can do to keep your feet warm. Put on extra clothes, bring socks and use a thick blanket. As cold as I was before going to bed, I slept like a baby.
Food is not so great but decent. Don’t expect anything too good but I would give it a 3/5.
P.s: the cold weather is perfect for cuddling and spending a cozy night. Check out the baby maker room for an even more romantic experience.
A travel lover