Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s most bio-diverse country, with 25 percent of its lush land and pristine coastline protected as national parks, reserves and sanctuaries. With the creation of the Dominican Republic’s Marine Mammal Sanctuary for Humpback Whales in 1962, Dominican Republic has been a forerunner in environment and marine-oriented protections ensuring magnificent nature abounds.
“We work hard to preserve Dominican Republic’s nine distinct ecological zones so that visitors can have incredible eco-adventures and witness nature’s wonders,” said Magaly Toribio , Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Our 19 national parks, many forest reserves, natural monuments and wildlife refuges are a national treasure protected for generations to come.”
January through March is an especially exciting time in Dominican Republic as up to 5,000 whales migrate to the Northeast Coast and Samana Bay ‘s warm waters. The males claim the outer bays while the females nurse their young by the inner cove’s shallow waters. It is a sight to see, and tours make it easily accessible.
While whale watching is must, so is visiting these top Dominican ecological escapes:
Los Haitises National Park: Step back in time and sense what the world was like millions of years ago in Samana’s Los Haitises National Park, one of the world’s most marvelous and mysterious treasures. The mangrove swamps, islets and caves are meant to be explored.
The 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua: The 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, located 30 minutes from Puerto Plata in the Northern Corridor mountain range, is one of Dominican Republic’s best-kept secrets. Your adrenaline will undoubtedly kick-in as you hike to and from each waterfall – jumping from the tops, and swimming and sliding your way back to the base camp.
Source / Fuente: breakingtravelnews.com
Author / Autor: breakingtravelnews.com
Date / Fecha: 24/01/13
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