GUIDELINES FOR VISITING THE GHETTO BIENNALE


Haiti can be complicated and difficult to buy things as the three currencies in play (gourdes, the virtual Haitian dollar and the American dollar) interchange without any perceivable logic. Often people will tell you just a number, it is always good idea to check what currency they mean.

We have tried to make a list of the most obvious things and services you might need and given the average price in gourdes, Haitian dollars and US dollars. The exchange rate is approx. 84 gourdes for 1 US dollar but we’re basing everything on a rate of 80 gourdes to a dollars for simplicity!

80 Gourdes (Gds) = 1US$ = 16 H$

Money

Haitian Dollars / Gourdes / US Dollars.

1 H$ = 5 Gourdes = 6 cents
10 H$ = 50 Gourdes = 60 cents
20 H$= 100 Gourdes = US$ 1.2
50 H$= 250Gourdes = US$ 3
100 H$ = 500 Gourdes = US$ 6
200 H$ = 1000 Gourdes = US$ 12

Transport

Publique (Taxi) 6 H$ / 30 Gds / 36 cents
Moto Taxi (Motorbike) 10 H$ / 50 Gds / 60 cents

Drinks & Cigarettes

Prestige beer
Street bars 15 H$ / 75 Gds / 90 cents
Hotel bar 40 H$ / 200 Gds / US$ 2.4

Water
Small bottle 5 H$ / 25 Gds / 30 cents
3 sachets 1 H$ / 5 Gds / 5 cents

Cigarettes (Comme Il Faut pack of 20) 20 H$ /100 Gds / US$ 1.2

Food on the street

Rice with beans & chicken (Diri ak pwa e poule) 20 H$ / 100 Gds / US$ 1.2
Spaghetti 15 H$ / 75 Gds / US 90 cents
Cornmeal with beans (Mayi Moulen) 20 H$ / 100 Gds / US$ 1.2
Fried Plaintain (Banan Prese) per 3 pieces 1 H$ / 5 Gds / 6 cents

Cheap Bars near the Oloffson and Fredy’s

Ami de la Presse Resto (beers for 14 H$ if you have your Ghetto Biennale badge) average plate of food 40 H$ / 200 Gds / US$ 2.4
Sous les Arbes – bar and restaurant (beers 14 H$)

Taxi from airport to central Port-au-Prince approx. US$ 40 (in the Ghetto Biennale car US$ 25 per person)

Car hire $60 a day

Oloffson Hotel (for artists)

Room prices vary from $80 a night for two sharing (ie $40 each) to $100 a night for two to three sharing. All the room bookings will be organised by the Ghetto Biennale.

Ave Christophe, 60, Port-au-Prince
Phone:+509 22 23 4000

Fredy's Guesthouse, Rue Jeanty, off Place Jeremie
Single rooms (each with one double bed) $50 a night.