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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The San Pedro Apóstol Cathedral is a beautiful emblem of the city of San Pedro de Macorís.  Recently restored, this neo-Gothic style temple, whose concrete construction dates back to the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, has a rich religious and architectural legacy. You won't be disappointed walking inside to see the artwork, carvings, statues, woodwork and stoned glass.⛪️🔔
📸: @nelsonguzman01
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Weekend forecast: 100% chance of fun! Gushing rivers, high altitudes, and tropical rainforests overlooking coastlines: zip lining takes on a new meaning in the DR.  At Samaná you’ll find the longest zip line run in the country. Glide in pairs and flip upside-down at 400 feet above the verdant hills of El Valle. This is a great way to take in a panoramic view of the splendid landscape.  What's the most exhilarating activity or sport you've tried?🌴🌞
📸: @beautifuldestinations
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How amazing is this view and have you been to Las Terrenas yet? 🌊🌴  Las Terrenas is a charming beach town that is surrounded by several beaches, which provide different experiences, even though they’re not far away. Samaná is blessed with wondrous nature and warm people that will leave marks on your memory.  Do you have any favorite picturesque spots in Samaná?🐚🌞
📸: @jmpprd
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Samaná’s shopping is diverse and plentiful. It offers numerous handmade arts and crafts. Pick up amber or larimar jewelry, Taíno-inspired ceramics, paintings, cigars, chocolate, coffee, mamajuana or our famous faceless dolls.  What’s your favorite Dominican souvenir? 🪴
📸: @parisverra @beautifuldestinations 
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Flying through the air in paradise. Would you dare try this out? Find bliss in a simple, but thrilling activity in the best setting of all: Samaná.  Samaná natural attractions are seemingly endless. Its secluded beaches, rivers and mountains are delightful. Its people are caring and welcoming.  When you finish your vacation, it won’t be over. It will dwell within you.🌴🌞  📸: @beautifuldestinations @parisverra
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Besides fun watersports, Cabarete offers exclusive vacation home rentals and villas for those lucky enough to find the eternal vacation. 🏄  How about getting a break for the entire winter season? You’ll find a myriad of activities in Puerto Plata and beyond.  Whether you’d like to visit short-term or long-term, you’ll find the right activity for you in Cabarete. 🌴🐚  📸: @tourdelust @seahorseranchcabarete 
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Stop, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the wondrous nature around you. 🌬  Salto El Limón will be the most rewarding part of your hike through the mountains. As the years pass, the most enjoyable moments are the ones that remain fresh our memory. Make it count now. Just come to Samaná and let us take care of the rest.  Is this your kind of vacation? Share your most memorable waterfall moment in the comments🏞❤️
📸: @asenseofhuber @beautifuldestinations
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Do you prefer vacations by the mountains or by the beach?  Perched at an altitude of 1,736 feet in the Cordillera Central mountain range, Jarabacoa features cool temperatures, fresh rivers, and sweeping green landscapes flanked by dense pine forests that will help you find pure joy. It is a world of outdoor adventures: river rafting, tubing, canyoning and rappelling. 🌳🏞  Who would like to enjoy this magnificent view? Tag someone who would!👥
📸: @ashleymcky 
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The key to Dominican cuisine is the wide variety of local organic produce that grow in its fertile land, after being planted by caring hands. 🥬🍆🥑🍠
📸: @turismord
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The beauty of this place is sublime. Where else can you have an entire beach for yourself? And a beach like this, no less!  Coming to Bahía de las Aguilas is truly a privilege. There are miles and miles of unspoiled beach all around. Snorkeling here is a dream. While you explore this place, the struggles of daily life will banish and you will start living in the moment. 🌊🌿  That is the true power of this enchanted land.
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📹: @doctorsantana 
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