Hiking

Being the second largest territory in the Caribbean, and the most diverse in topography, means a plethora of hiking opportunities. Our national parks offer the perfect setting to start. Hike the Cotubanamá National Park, and hear the history of the Tainos as you pass along their caves. Explore Los Haitises National Park on land, a rarely visited part of this natural gem. For more challenge, Jarabacoa is home to the roof of the DR and of the Caribbean region: 3,087-meter (10,128-ft) high Pico Duarte. Overnight expeditions lead to the peak at sunrise. Constanza offers a surprising side of the country few get to see, with breathtaking hikes through Valle Nuevo’s protected pine tree forests. Puerto Plata and Cabarete’s hills also offer plenty of organized hiking opportunities, through national parks, private ranches, and small villages such as Tubagua.

Hiking knows no season, although summer rains can make trails muddier but more adventurous.

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Dominican Republic

Hike beaches to your heart’s content, walk through flora-filled rainforests, and climb to the summit of 3,087 meters (10,128 feet) high Pico Duarte.

 
 
The DR is known for producing some of the clearest and oldest amber in the world, mined in Puerto Plata. Tour amber mines where the stone is unearthed, in the hills of La Cumbre, passing entrances to holes that run 61 meters deep (200 feet), and watch workers reappear with stones in hand.
Puerto Plata
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.
Jarabacoa
Cachote is a stunning protected cloud forest area, with a tiny community living at 1,097 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level. There are winding paths along which you can observe tropical flora, including bromeliads and wild orchids, as well as a series of hiking trails for excellent bird-watching.
Barahona
Completely off the beaten track, three waterfalls empty into deep azure pools known as “God’s pool.” You’ll hike for an hour with typical scenes of Puerto Plata village life along the way, and climb up a short series of rocks to the Charcos de Los Militares, where natural river fed pools await.
Puerto Plata
Take the waterfall experience up a notch at Ciguapa–counting a total of six falls and twelve jumps of up to 10 meters (30 feet) high, during a two-hour river expedition. The journey includes a hike through thick jungle before beginning this water-filled expedition.
Puerto Plata
Tucked in the lush forests below the Bahoruco mountain range, a thirty-minute hike through a lush rainforest leads to this huge cavern and its emerald-colored pools.
Barahona
Tucked inside the forest of El Choco National Park, Cabarete’s caves reveal an underground network dating back millions of years. Cueva de Cristal rests underground with a fresh water pool, while other caves above ground are filled with stalactites and stalagmites.
Puerto Plata
El Choco National Park offers a world of nature for hikes, mountain biking, swimming in fresh water lagoons, and cave exploration. Stretching 78 square kilometers (30 square miles), a handful of hiking trails take you through thick tropical forest along cacao and coffee trees, and into caves dating back millions of years.
Puerto Plata
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
Climb the lookout tower and observe manatees at the Estero Hondo Marine Mammal Sanctuary. The protected lagoon is where the largest number of endangered, herbivore West Indian Manatees reside.
Puerto Plata

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Constanza is the definition of beauty. When the sun sets over its majestic mountains, it turns into a natural spectacle that will take your breath away and get you to immediately reach a state of complete bliss. 🏞🌿  
 
If you’re looking for your next adventure in a unique destination, Constanza is the place to be. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this eco-treasure. 
 
Tag your adventurous travel buddy who loves mountains. 👒   📸: @tainodrone
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Get lost in the beauty of the Dominican Republic and behold its magnificence. Las Galeras has many natural surprises in store for you. 🌞🌊  There are several beautiful beaches to explore near Las Galeras, such as La Playita and Playa Colorada. For those looking for a more extreme adventure, there are hiking trails surrounded by the thick jungle in the mountains near Playa Boca Chiquita, Playa Madama and Playa Frontón.🐚🌴  📸: @lostnomadtravels
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The choice for your next vacation destination is crystal clear. White sand and an abundant marine life, you’re sure to love Cayo Arena, especially under the sea! 🌊🐠
  
There’s a whole world to explore in Dominican waters! Are you ready to jump in? 🌞🐚   📸: @podstawka
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Trying to decide between mountains and beach? Problem solved: In Playa Ermitaño you’ll get both!  🏞🌊
  
The Samaná peninsula has a myriad of idyllic beaches like this one. This beach has been hiding among mountains and a lush foliage for a long time waiting to be explored. Have some fun climbing the crooked palm trees that point to its turquoise water, which beckons you for a pleasant swim. 🌞🌴  📸: @tripmoz
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Thanks to the effort that each Dominican makes  every day to provide an unforgettable experience while maintaining high health and quality standards, the Dominican Republic has been awarded as the #1 country in the world in tourism recovery by The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)!🇩🇴🙌  #GoDomRep #MyDR #OrgulloPais
Looking to unwind? 🌴  Start planning your trip to Bayahíbe today! It packs its own punch in white sand beaches and diverse accommodations. ☀️🏝  This scenic fishing town boasts multiple beaches on its coastline, including Dominicus Beach and 
several more pristine, diamond-white stretches offshore on Catalina and Saona islands. Its nearby Taíno caves are filled with mystery, and freshwater springs inside Cotubanamá National Park🌊🏝  📸: @tainodrone @tracaderobeachresort
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The low-lying Cave of the Swallows or Cueva de las Golondrinas is tucked along the scraggly Atlantic coastline of Río San Juan, just a five-minute boat ride from town. An optional stop on tours of Laguna Gri Gri, your captain will steer the boat inside the small cavern–watch your head–to view its rock composition from ceiling to floor while you float on crystal clear turquoise waters. Once the boat exits the cave, you can choose to swim in the calm natural pool surrounding the area.🤿🐠  Tag someone you'd love to explore this astonishing place with. 👯‍♀️🌞  📸: @nomadavirtual
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Dominican Republic has been awarded as the #1 country in the world in tourism recovery by The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)!🇩🇴🙌  Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary general of the organization, highlighted that the Dominican tourism model stands out for achieving the most successful recovery of the industry, reaching record figures in tourist arrivals.✈️📌  #GoDomRep #MyDR #DominicanRepublic
What are your plans for this summer?🌞  Imagine spending your days lying on a Caribbean beach, surrounded by palm trees. Imagine if this place has everything you need for spend the most relaxing vacation of your life!🌴🌊  If you’re daydreaming about the perfect summer, the pristine beaches and the palm trees of Saona Island is waiting for you! 🙌  Start planning your summer and add Saona Island to the list!  📸: @sirkaick
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