Our 3 day Southwestern Dominican Republic Biosphere Preserve tour from Santo Domingo provides ecotourism at its finest, and is the perfect fit for travelers looking to get off the beaten path. Our journey is designed for the true eco tourist, and is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. We make our way west from Santo Domingo, all the way to the Haitian border, and drive through beautiful mountain scenery and areas of dry and rain forest. On route, we will be visiting some of the most interesting nature sites in the area. After 3 unforgettable days of exploring, we will have seen and enjoyed first hand the incredible biodiversity and natural beauty of the southwest, the most ecologically diverse region in the entire Caribbean.
Package: The Southwest: Our Biosphere Preserve Tour (*2 guest minimum)
Duration of trip: 3 days, 2 nights
Visiting: Lake Enriquillo National Park – Bahia de Las Aguilas Beach (Jaragua National Park) – Hoyo de Pelempito (Bahoruco National Park) – Los Patos Beach and Lagoon – Oviedo Lagoon
Itinerary: Day 1: Travel, and visiting Los Patos Beach and Lagoon, Oviedo Lagoon, and Sierra de Bahoruco National Park – Day 2: Bahia de Las Aguilas Beach and travel to Barahona- Day 3: Visit to Lake Enriquillo and Las Caritas Cave, then travel back to Santo Domingo
Package Includes: Fully bilingual, certified ecological and cultural guides, All meals (Dominican style cuisine), Comfortable transportation*, Comfortable lodging at small hotels, Snacks, Non-Alcoholic Beverages
Pricing: Pricing begins at USD $850 per person for 2 person groups. The bigger the group, the more economical our per person prices. For larger group pricing, please contact us. *Kids age 10 and under travel free.
*Guides are fully trained in first aid response by the Red Cross
*Transportation: Packages include transportation to and from Santo Domingo. Transportation to and from airports is available for a small fee. See our vehicles
On this tour you will be visiting the following nature preserves:
Lake Enriquillo National Park – Largest lake and lowest point in the Caribbean
The region is rich in history, as is evident by visiting the many caves which used to serve as refuge thousands of years ago to the local Taino Indians. The story of their culture, life, and extinction can clearly be deciphred from the hundreds of drawings that surround these caves. Our journey takes us to the the largest lake in the Caribbean, Lago Enriquillo National Park. This immense body of saltwater is over a hundred feet below sea level, and is surrounded by mountains which surpass 6,000 ft, and serve as the perfect panoramic backdrop. The American Crocodile, two varieties of iguana, and the pink flamingo are some of the most exotic protected species on the lake. After our visit, we partake in Dominican tradition and take a relaxing dip in one of the many natural thermal springs that surround the lake if we wish.
Bahia de Las Aguilas (Jaragua National Park) – A beach like few others
Further south lie some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Our journey takes us to Bahia de las Aguilas, an immense strip of untouched and protected white sand coast line. The park is filled with exotic birds, reptiles, various types of mangroves, and is home to some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs. Those being only a few of the reasons why the park has been named patrimony to all mankind, and was declared part of the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Preserve by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), which we will be exploring on this journey. As an added bonus we also include a visit to the border shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, a unique and interesting cultural exchange that makes for an unforgettable experience.
Sierra de Bahoruco National Park– Explore one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth
No visit to the region would be complete with a visit to the nearby Sierra de Bahoruco Mountain range, which stretches across Haiti and the Dominican Republic, towering above the rest of the terrain with 8,000 foot tall peaks, and giving the region its one of a kind biodiversity. We head towards the main ranger station on a beautiful drive that takes us up through dry forest, rain forest, and finally a vast and pristine pine forest. The experience of exploring all of the regions different landscapes, wildlife, and vegetation will help you appreciate why this part of the planet is so vital to protect.
***In these times of the pandemic, we are committed to the best health practices possible in order to guarantee your well being. Beyond our always present philosophy of small private tours which take our clients away from the crowds and off the beaten path, be assured that social distancing from other tour groups will be practiced. Team members will regularly have their temperatures taken and must wear face coverings throughout the duration of your tour. Also, our vehicles are thoroughly sanitized before and after every tour. If needed, tours may be cancelled up to 5 days before your tour date for a full refund of your reservation deposit, or a credit towards a future tour date.
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