Los Haitises Natural Park is a dream place where you can disconnect from the daily routine and get into nature. Located on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, it is a treasure that offers you a unique experience.
It covers an area of 1 600 km², and is located between the provinces of Samaná, Monte Plata and Hato Mayor. Here you will find a wide variety of flora and fauna, waterfalls and caves with rock art. You can enjoy boat trips, kayaking, bird watching and other activities.
Los Haitises Natural Park is a true paradise for nature lovers and adventurers like you. Here are some of the activities you can do during your visit.
There are several waterfalls in the park, but the most famous is the El Limón waterfall, which has a height of 52 metres. To get there, you can take a one-hour hike from the village of the same name, El Limón, or take a horseback ride.
Other famous waterfalls are Salto Alto and Salto del Guayabo. The walk to these is more demanding, but it is worth it for the natural beauty you will find. If you dare to do it Indiana Jones style, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen, as the walk can be long and the sun can be tough on your skin.
The area is famous for its rock art caves. They were used by the Tainos, the island’s ancient inhabitants, and contain a wealth of petroglyphs and pictographs. The Arena Cave is one of the most popular caves to visit, as it is easily accessible from the port of Sabana de la Mar.
In addition, if you want to admire the beauty of the rock formations and discover the history of the place through the paintings and engravings left by the Tainos, you should visit the caves of La Línea and La Vaca.
If you want to have a more complete experience and learn more about the history and biodiversity of Los Haitises Natural Park, you can take a guided tour. There are many options available, from walking tours to boat trips. The local guides are very knowledgeable about the area and will help you discover the most interesting places safely.
The boat trip around the bay of San Lorenzo is one of the most important tourist attractions. You have the option of touring the mangroves and canals and observing the fauna and flora from the water. You can also visit some of the islands in the area, such as Bird Island, which is a bird sanctuary.
Along the way, guides will tell you about the history and importance of the site, and you can enjoy spectacular views if you like photography.
Kayaking is your option if you prefer something quieter and more independent. On these routes you can paddle through the mangroves and canals in the same way, but on your own. You will enjoy nature in its purest state without being noticed. In addition, you will be able to access areas that are not accessible by boat or on foot. Along the route, you can observe birds and other animals that live in the park, and enjoy the peace and quiet.
This area has a great variety of birds and bird watching is a real pleasure. Some of them are endemic to the Dominican Republic. Among the most common are the pelican, heron, duck and cormorant. You may also see birds of prey, such as peregrine falcons and sparrow hawks, and migratory birds from time to time on routes to other places.
We recommend you to have binoculars to be able to observe the birds in the area in the best way together with a guide. And, above all, it is important to respect the animals’ peace and quiet and not to make noises that might scare them away.
You are in a privileged place in terms of biodiversity. The flora and fauna are rich and varied, with species that are only found in this part of the country. Among the most outstanding species you will see are the rhinoceros iguana, the fishing bat and the manatee.
Types of trees and plants include red mangrove, black mangrove and cedar.
Remember that it is important to respect the environment, not to pick plants or disturb animals.
The best time to visit Los Haitises Natural Park is between December and March, when the weather is cooler and drier. During these months, there is less chance of rain and the sun is not as intense.
In addition, at this time of the year you can enjoy the migration of birds that pass through the park during their migratory routes. However, the park can be visited at any time of the year. During summer, the rains are more frequent, but this can make the scenery even more impressive. If you visit the park during this season, we recommend wearing clothes and shoes that can get wet, as well as a raincoat.
It is important that you wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for the activities you will be doing. Don’t forget to bring water and food to keep you energised.
Respect the environment and do not disturb the animals or uproot plants. Do not leave rubbish and take it with you to the end of the trail, where you can dispose of it in the appropriate containers.
If you plan to do water activities, such as the boat or kayak trips mentioned above, wear a life jacket and follow the instructions. You must also respect restricted areas and do not disturb marine animals.
We recommend hiring the services of a licensed tour guide, as they know the park well and can give you valuable information about the flora, fauna and history of the area. They will also help you plan your tour so that you can make the most of your visit to Los Haitises Natural Park.
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