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. 🏔🌬  📸: @dronepics_rd
#GoDomRep #MyDR #Constanza #ArroyoFrio
After a day relaxing on the white sand beaches and swimming and snorkeling in the pristine blue waters, you won’t want to leave the gorgeous Cayo Arena. 🌴🌞
 
Located in Montecristi, just two hours west of Puerto Plata, this small but mighty sandbar is one of the best places in DR to see exotic fish and coral reefs while swimming in crystal-clear, warm waters. 
 
Who’s adding Cayo Arena to their bucket list? 🌊   📸: @tripmoz 
 #GoDomRep #MyDR #CayoArena #Montecristi #PuertoPlata
Looking for the ideal beach getaway? Look no further than Playa Dominicus. Spend the day swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, or having a sumptuous Dominican beachfront lunch. 🌊🌞
  
It’s a great place to practice parasailing and to get mesmerized by the amazing view of the different shades of blue as the water gets deeper in the distance on one side and bright white sand filled with palm trees on the other.  
  
Would you dare try parasailing? 🪂🌿  📸: @domingobello @djiglobal 
#GoDomRep #MyDR #LaRomana #Bayahibe
The neoclassical and Victorian-style houses of the late 19th century give Puerto Plata an unmistakable charm with its colorful pastel colors. Many of them are now stores, bars and clubs serving tourists. 🏠🌿
  
Take a stroll around Puerto Plata’s historical center and enjoy its coffee shop, ice cream parlor, restaurants, all the important museums of the city and the charming park with a central gazebo within a couple of blocks. 🌞  📸: @centrohistoricopop @jodie_maria_kelly
  #GoDomRep #MyDR #PuertoPlata
Humpback whales are getting ready for their winter vacation to Samaná, so make sure you join the fun! Watch 2,000 whales that migrate to the waters of the Samaná Bay on a guided boat tour or from the observatory in Punta Balandra.  🐳🌊🌞
  
The official whale-watching season runs from mid-January to March, but tours are available as long as whales are in the bay.   How did you feel watching this? 🐚  📸: @irusik_dominicana
#GoDomRep #MyDR #Samaná  #HumpbackWhale
Breakfast, pool side. Is there any better way to start the day? Kick back and relax, your DR dream trip is ready when you are. 👒🌞
  
Punta Cana is your picture-perfect getaway. Whether soaring above via parasail, zip lining through the forest, lounging with your toes in the sand or relaxing by the pool, there is an itinerary for every traveler.  
  
Do you have a trip to Punta Cana on the horizon?  🌊🌴  📸: @lasrutasdegi 
#GoDomRep #MyDR #dreamsmacaobeachpuntacana
Happy National Merengue day! 🎶👯‍♀️
UNESCO declared traditional Dominican merengue music and dance an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.    This cultural expression has influences in Spanish, African and indigenous cultures. It was composed by the “cuatro”, guitar, Güira, and the tambourine originally. In 1870, the “cuatro” was replaced by the accordion and years later the saxophone, bass and piano were added.     
What’s your favorite merengue song?  💃🏻🕺  📸: @juanluisguerra 
#GoDomRep #MyDR #LamparaPaMisPies
Santiago de los Caballeros is the Dominican Republic’s second largest city in the heart of the Cibao Valley. It’s a modern and cosmopolitan center thriving in commerce, finance, education, services, and pulsating with culture. 🌼
  
Popular attractions include Gran Teatro Cibao, Centro Cultural León Jimenes, Centro de la Cultura, Estadio Cibao, art galleries, several cigar factories, and a wide variety of gourmet restaurants.  
  
Does Santiago seem like your kind of place?🏙👯‍♀️
📸: @carloshorton.a  
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #MyDR Santiago #CiudadCorazón
Dominican gastronomy is the result of a rich cultural heritage, which has resulted in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes that will delight your palate. 🍽
  
The delicious dessert known as Maíz Caquiao (cracked corn pudding) in the northern region and "Chacá" in the south of the country, is prepared with dried corn, milk and spices. Sweet potato bread is a type of dense and spicy pudding made with sweet potato with a spicy flavor and aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. 🥰🥧🌽  📸: @isvvisual  @victorheredia_ 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #MyDR #DominicanGastronomy
Our kind of Monday. Wander through the lushest surroundings in a treehouse resort nestled within the tropical forest of El Valle. 🌿🌦  Tucked away in the verdant hills of Samaná, a visit to Dominican Tree House Village is sure to delight all travelers alike. This is a great place to reconnect with nature and your loved ones.  Tag who you’d like to share this unique place with.  📷: @dominicantreehousevillage  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #dominicantreehousevillage #samana #elvallesamana

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