The Dominican Republic is not only a great destination for families, couples and weddings; it is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the Caribbean, with twenty percent of its coastline and land finding protection in being a national park, sanctuary or reserve, so ecotourists will never be bored on the beautiful island with so many things to do, see and experience. We’ve compiled some of the top-rated ecotourism activities that you should consider when planning a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa Dominican Republic

Long considered the birthplace of ecotourism in the Dominican Republic, there are many exciting activities to do in Jarabacoa. If you are looking for thrills on the water, there are three rivers in Jarabacoa that’ll give you exactly what you are looking for as you get ready for some white water rafting on class two rapids. If water isn’t your thing, stay dry by hitching up and taking a horseback or bike ride through the place called the “city of eternal spring”, where temperatures stay a moderate 60 to 75F (or 16 – 22C), and can drop to about 45F (7C) at night in the mountains.

The “El Limón” Waterfall

Limon Waterfall in Dominican Republic

If you are looking for a day trip to take you away to the extraordinary, book a trip to see the El Limón waterfall. You’ll head to the interior of a peninsula where the mountains can reach a staggering 2100 feet and hitch up on horseback for a half hour ride along steep paths that are lush with the countries beautiful vegetation to take in. When you arrive, you can swim in the base of the waterfall or take some great photos of the 120 foot high waterfall. Remember to bring your water shoes because the rocks beneath the water can be slippery and very sharp.

Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises National Park

With very little road access, the best way to get to Los Haitises National Park is by boat. The best way to see the wonders that this national park has to offer is by booking with one of the local tour companies. Depending on which tour you choose, you may have the opportunity to step into caves painted with pictograms by the Taino Indians (dating back to the pre-Columbus days) or cruise through the mangrove trees.

Mount Isabel de Torres

Mount Isabel Puerto Plata

Take a cable car ride to the mountain top to enjoy the view; a ride takes five to seven minutes and the site is also available to be hiked up if you prefer a little more rigorous activity. There is a snack shop at the bottom of the mountain and a grand statue of Jesus Christ with arms outstretched at the top, looking over the city below. The park is also home to a stunning botanical garden.

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