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. It’s the ultimate destination for ecotourism. With twenty percent of its coastline and surrounding land finding protection as a national park, sanctuary, or reserve, ecotourists will never be bored on this beautiful island! There are 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.
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. Get ready for some white water rafting on class two rapids!
If water isn’t your thing, stay dry by hiking, horseback riding, or riding a bike through 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. Experience beautiful views and cool fresh air on your little mountain getaway in Jarabacoa.
“El Limón” Waterfall
If you are looking for a day trip to an extraordinary place, book a trip to see El Limón waterfall. You’ll head to the interior of a peninsula where the mountains can reach a staggering 2,100 feet. Take a 30 minutes horseback ride along steep paths that are lush with the country’s beautiful vegetation. It’s a gorgeous sight!
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.
Bonus tip: Check with the locals before booking your excursion or hiking up to the top. At certain times of the year, they dam up the river and the waterfall is completely dry. And you wouldn’t want to hike all the way up, hoping to jump in the water, only to find a slab of dry rock.
Los Haitises National Park
With very little road access, the best way to get to Los Haitises National Park is by boat. And I recommend you book 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
Take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain to enjoy the view! A ride takes five to seven minutes, or you can hike up if you prefer a little more rigorous adventure. There is a snack shop at the bottom of the mountain to grab a bite to eat. And you can’t miss the towering statue of Jesus with open arms, looking over the city below. The park is also home to a stunning botanical garden.
Final Thoughts on Ecotourism in the Dominican Republic
I hope this list has given you some adventures to check out on your next trip to the Dominican Republic. It’s always nice to get out of the resort and explore this beautiful island. There is so much to see, and you will love every minute of it!
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