The Dominican Republic has been blessed with numerous national parks, area of outstanding beauty and protected areas. As such it can be a little confusing knowing which area to visit when planning a vacation to the country.
Located in the beautiful mountains of Cordirella sits Jarabacoa, one of the most idyllic spots in the country and the birth place of Dominican Republic eco-tourism.
Jarabacoa is said to have everything for the ecotourist from places to relax plenty of places to enjoy an active adventure. For those who enjoy horse-riding there are local tours that take you on an adventurous trip to see some of the beautiful waterfalls in the area. The trip enjoys wonderful views of the birdlife palm trees and rich and colourful vegetation that are native to the area.
The Yaque del Norte River is the largest in the Caribbean and there is no better place to enjoy the thrill of white water rafting. There are local centres that will teach those with little experience before embarking on an exciting fast moving trip down the rapids.
For the green traveller who prefers a little more relaxation and cultural enhancement during a vacation the Monastery of St. Mary of the gospel offers something a little more up your street. Established around 25 years ago by Cistercian monks the monastery produces food grain whilst serving an inn. There is accommodation available for those who really want to immerse themselves in the surroundings and spend time in meditation.
Jarabacoa relies heavily on tourism and as such it would be a good idea to look at local websites before booking tours or any adventures you are considering embarking on so you can do your bit for the local economy.