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Adventure & Ecotourism

Eco-Adventure

 

The Dominican Republic is one of the few countries in the area that has nine distinct ecological zones. This natural diversity allows you to have an extraordinary diverse adventure on one beautiful island.

 

In the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has the highest and lowest points above and below sea level. Duarte Peak rises 10,560 feet (3,187 meters) within the Cordillera Central Mountain chain, while Lake Enriquillo is 15 feet (42 meters) below sea level. That's why Lake Enriquillo has such a high salt content. From the upper reaches of the country to the low sweeping plains, the Dominican Republic has an incredibly diverse ecology. Nearly every form of nature can be seen here, from luscious tropic rain forests to arid deserts.

 

Each area offers multiple distinct activities. Areas like Jarabacoa and Constanza offer thrilling activities such as mountain climbing, hiking, horseback riding, and rafting. Visit Pedernales, Bahoruco, Bani, Azua or Barahona and you will discover untouched beaches, geological formations, lagoons, dunes and deserts. If you want get closer to the water, you can visit the northeast coast near Puerto Plata, cabarete and Samaná; here you can experience deep dives, windsurfing, kite boarding, jeep safaris, waterfalls and even humpback whales.

 

 

Flora and Fauna 

If you love nature, then you have probably already known about the flora and fauna in the Dominican Republic; the island is known for its rich variety of plant and animal life.

 

Dominican flora includes more than 5 thousand plants, many of which can't be found anywhere else in the world. These rare species are called endemic plants, and include the royal palm and pine. There are also many native species such as tobacco, pineapple, kapok, and the mahogany tree.

 

The Dominican Republic has the most diverse animal life in the entire Antilles region. There are 254 species of birds, 22 of which are endangered. There are also 1,411 species of reptile including the American crocodile, the Ricord iguana and the endangered hutia and the solenodon. In addition, there are nearly 60 species of amphibians and mammals, including the Antilles manatee and the humpback whale. 

 
Lago Enriquillo
 At 138 feet below sea level and 186 square miles wide, this is the Caribbean's largest lake, and home to crocodiles, iguanas and flamingoes.
Duarte Peak
 Duarte Peak, the highest in the Caribbean at two miles (3,187 meters) above sea level, is an incredibly rewarding challenge. The Dominican Ministry of Environment has even built several lodges along the mountain so you can stop and enjoy your view