Memorial ACTe#5 in Best Things To Do in Guadeloupe
Located on the site of a former sugar factory, this cultural center is part of UNESCO's Slave Route Project, a global initiative that aims to explore the causes, forms of operation, stakes and consequences of slavery in the world. Though France abolished slavery in its colonies in 1848, it wasn't until 2015 that Memorial ACTe debuted. With the help of art installations and multimedia displays, the museum chronologically explores the evolution of the slave trade in the Caribbean, starting with Christopher Columbus extending all the way to modern-day slavery and trafficking across the globe.
Though the museum's interior is where the bulk of your time should be spent, you'll also want to admire the silver-latticed exterior.
Recent visitors said the museum is powerful and a must-see. Others were pleasantly surprised with its convenient proximity to the main cruise ship terminal.
You'll find Memorial ACTe within walking distance of the cruise terminal in Pointe-a-Pitre. Admission costs 15 euros ($17) for adults and 5 euros (about $6) for children. Use of a multilingual audio guide is included in the cost of admission. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with last entry at 5:15 p.m. The museum recommends setting aside two hours to peruse its exhibits. Visit the museum's website for more information.
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#1 Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park)
Tucked amid Basse-Terre's verdant mountain landscape sits the Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park), a 74,100-acre rainforest filled with picturesque traces (walking trails). The park's trails brush past lush forest foliage, magnificent waterfalls and the summit of La Soufriere volcano. The trails range from short- to long-distance routes that vary in difficulty. Before you strap on your hiking gear, you'll want to pick up a "Guide to the National Park" brochure from the Guadeloupe tourism office (located in St. Claude, Basse-Terre) to map out your journey. If you would prefer to admire the park's natural splendors from behind the wheel, drive along the Route de la Traversee, a scenic 16-mile road that cuts through the forest.
Recent travelers recommended packing bug spray and snacks for the trip and said there is plenty to see and do in the park. Reviewers also warn that the park is muddy – plan to wear shoes with good traction.
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