Established in 1956, the Armando Bermúdez National Park stretches 767 square kilometers (296 square miles), and together with the neighboring José del Carmen Ramírez National Park, boasts the tallest peaks in the Caribbean region, including the mighty Pico Duarte, source of the Yaque del Norte river, as well as several more river sources. The two parks cover the surface of the entire Cordillera Central mountain range. You’ll spot unique flora at this altitude, where temperatures range from 12ºC (53ºF) to -8ºC (17ºF) at night, including endemic criollo pine trees, ferns, and mahogany, among others. Amid these precious trees are numerous bird species such as the cigua palmera or palmchat–the DR’s national bird–the Hispaniolan parrot, butterflies, and frogs. You might even spot the hutia–an endangered large rat species. One of the most popular hiking routes to Pico Duarte depart from this national park’s main office, where you can hire the required certified guides, as well as mules for the two- or three-day overnight journey.

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El Mogote

Hiking El Mogote is a physically challenging but immersive experience. The three-hour climb takes you to this 1,163 meter (3,815 feet) high peak, taking you along a very steep hike through thick pine forests and vegetation and onto steep, rocky dirt slopes all the way to the top.

Jarabacoa, Family-Friendly, Hiking

La Ciénaga

La Ciénaga is one of the most scenic riverside villages and serves as a gateway to the journey towards Pico Duarte. Spend an authentic day out in a mountainside village, taking in the verdant mountain scenery and agricultural life, and colorful wooden homes dotting the landscape.

Jarabacoa, Cenotes + Springs, Family-Friendly

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