The richness that the Dominican Republic holds in its ora, fauna and ecosystems makes it the perfect destination for lovers of eco tourism to enjoy a vacation out of this world.
Ecotourism will also allow you to meet and exchange with local communities on modalities of alternative tourism where we have an interesting offer.
The country has a large and diverse heritage scattered in nine ecological zones and 14 national parks declared as protected areas. Also with three mountain ranges (Central, East and North) and five ranges (Neyba, Bahoruco, Martin Garcia, Yamasa and Samana) where you may practice the different activities comprising the alternative or ecotourism, giving you a fun, exciting and unforgettable experience.
Constanza and Jarabacoa:
In the Province of “La Vega” in the “Cibao Region are two mountainous zone sharing great treasures, among them the “Pico Duarte”, with its 3,187 meters of elevation, the highest in the Antilles, and the “Yaque River” the largest in the Caribbean.
In Constanza is the National Park “Valle Nuevo” one of the most interesting ecological mountain systems of the country, the “Ebano Verde” Scientific Reserve, also the White Waters Fall the highest in the Antilles, and in “Jarabacoa” are the waterfalls “Baiguate” and “Jimenoa”, both spectaculars.
In this region located in the center of the country and where the lowest temperatures of the Caribbean are recorded in December and January, you can enjoy activities such as: camping, trekking, canyoning, horseback riding, cascading, tubing, paragliding, mountain biking, mountain climbing and rappel.
Puerto Plata, Río San Juan and Cabrera:
On the north coast there are excellent alternatives with the “Loma Isabel de Torres”, the “27 Charcos de Damajagua”, the Manatee Marine Reserve of the area of “Estero Hondo and Villa Isabela”; also the National Park “El Choco” with underground pools located between “Sosua and Cabaret”. ese areas are excellent choices for cascading, canyoning, trekking and hiking.
Moving forward you will reach “Rio San Juan” and will nd the beautiful “Laguna Gri-Gri” with profuse mangroves and birds; from there you can visit the “Cueva de las Golondrinas” and enjoy the presence of numerous birds. Both are ideal for boating and hiking.
We recommend continuing to “Cabrera” in the Province “Maria Trinidad Sanchez”, where you will discover incredible attractions such as “La Gran Laguna”, “El Saltadero”, “Cabo Frances located in Playa Bret- on” and the Caves of “Dudu”. In this area you may enjoy bird watching, horseback riding, boating, hiking, caving and cascading.
At the heart of the “Cibao” raises the “Diego de Ocampo Peak, the highest point in the northern moun- tain range where you may practice trekking and horseback riding.
To the northeast of the country is “Samaná” the only destination for the observance of the humpback whales. It also o ers the opportunity to access the National Park of “Los Haitises”, the waterfall “El Limón” and “Cayo Levantado” and be able to practice cascading, horseback riding, caving, and of course enjoy the acrobatic dance of the whales that between January and March arrive in the area.
On the Eastern part of the island is this province which o ers excellent options for the eco tourism in the “Rancho Capote” Project where you can go horseback riding and caving in the “Cueva Fun Fun”. ere is also “Paraíso Caño Hondo” with trekking, ,and the tour in the National Park of “Los Haitises”.
Located in the southeast part of the island and also known as the “Emerald” Province, its best resources are the waterfalls “Salto Alto and Salto de Socoa”, and the hot springs that make the falls of the “Comate, Comatillo and Salto Grande” Rivers, also has the “Yabacao, Yamasá, Mijo, Sabita and Guanuma Rivers”, besides having caves with cave art. It also o ers access to the National Park of “Los Haitises” which is an ideal area for cascading, caving and more.
In the Province of “El Seibo” in the eastern region of the island; are the protected areas of “Lagunas Redonda and Limón where you can horseback ride and hike.
Barahona and Pedernales:
One of the regions of highest value for the ecotourism is the southwest. Among its attractions is “Barahona” with its Reserve “Cachote”, “Laguna Cabral”, the National Park “Jaragua” and the beautiful coastline, as well as the eco-vacations offered by “Rancho Platón”, among other options.
In the deep south you will reach “Pedernales” where you can enjoy the stunning “Pelempito” Pit, with its visitor center which is part of the “Sierra de Bahoruco” National Park, also the “Laguna de Oviedo”, “Bahia de las Aguilas Beach” and a very interesting cave system.
Between the Provinces “Independencia and Bahoruco” is the “Enriquillo” Lake with its “Cabrito Island” in its proximities is “Balneario las Barias” and the spring “La Azufada”.
In the southern region but closer to the capital city is “Baní”, in the “Peravia” Province, where you should not miss visiting its famous dunes, and even closer to the city are
the Caves of the “Pomier” in “San Cristóbal” with all its richness in pre-Columbine cave art.
All southwest regions are suitable for trekking, horseback riding, boating and caving, as well as being popular for scientific tourism.
La Romana-Bayahibe & San Pedro de Macorís:
is is where the East National Park is located, where you can explore the “Padre Nuestro Cave” with its ecological and archeological routes, while in “San Pedro de Macorís” on your way to “La Romana” you will find “La Cueva de las Maravillas” with its tremendous richness of cave art and one of the most impressive in the entire island.