With only 48.442 square kilometers, the Dominican Republic has sufficient land and water to provide travel experiences extreme explorer uplifting and give often life meaning.
Underground, in the air, at sea, anywhere in the right space is causing some fresh air to city life, physical inactivity and starvation: hiking, climbing, diving, rafting, climbing, rappelling, jeeping, paragliding, canyoning or kiteboarding.
Today we locate these fantastic places that force us to take advantage of a country full of bold and risky choices.
If the three thousand top 87 meters of Pico Duarte or reaching the valley of Tetero results way too little for the less adventurous, there are other similar options that make the mountaineering and trekking the unique experiences of explorers back to be better people, or pike, always depends.
The mountain’s 80 in Constanza, Loma Quita Espuela, in Duarte province, the slopes of Hoyo de Pelempito in the Sierra de Bahoruco and El Morro, Montecristi, can get anyone tired and challenge any body to go up to thesky.
For hiking and trekking, ecotourism experts recommend ways of Jarabacoa and San José de Ocoa for those who prefer a little steep and Saona Island for those who just want to walk and walk uprightly among green bushes, red crabs and black lauras monitoring the island’s Parque Nacional del Este.
In recent years, almost unexplored scenery in the center of this region are increasingly attracting visitors to walk, especially to the province of El Seibo.
Rock climbing is still a trendy hobbie. It is the sporting pastime for many young people who see to feel that this challenge shows them the severity alive. The best routes to climb, they suggest, are the rugged mountains of Frontón beach in Samaná, a place known as Conde de Mana in San Cristobal and the
Mirador Sur park in Santo Domingo, ideal for those who are new to this adventure.The rappel, lower mountains or vertical walls using cables, helmets and harnesses, is in the vicinity of Rancho Baiguate in Jarabacoa, their best scenarios.
The bravest challenge water and slippery walls of the Falls of Limón and Jimenoa, something not recommended for beginners.The canyon between cliffs with slopes also practiced in the area of Jarabacoa, where Baiguate Rancho has built a sanctuary for the practice of almost all mountain extreme sports and other less risky.
More than 400 explored caves with rock art, rock formations and special guests (snakes, bats and other animals) located throughout the country indicate that life underground is not as quiet or boring.
To explore, visitors feel a certain fascination with the caves of Los Haitises National Park is of outstanding beauty and cultural heritage, and the Cave of Wonders.
But if it ends, the adventure is recommended to visit the
Fun-Fun Cave in Hato Mayor, for his exploration includes special training for up to 20 meters down inside rapelling deep into an underground river.
Less dangerous but equally fascinating is walking and splashing in the river Damajagua, Puerto Plata, waters are divided into 27 pools a gigantic cavern that formed in place due to a geological fault.
Samaná offers one of the best circuits in the country riding in the area of Las Terrenas and its surroundings:
20-kilometer walking horse exotic beaches, scenic mountain roads and Campitos to end with a swim of 45 meters under the Salto del Limón. Further down in the east, one of the trendiest places to do stunts and catch mud 4 x 4 vehicles is Benerito community in La Romana, and hundreds of miles of beaches and forests of Miches, north of the Seibo province.
Jeeping can be practiced anywhere, but travel agencies that organize prefer the center of the country and Samaná.
Glider is practiced in areas as diverse as the desert landscapes of the valley of Neiba (here held the pre-World Cup in 2004), and green dots on the southern margin of the Cordillera Central, including Constanza, Jarabacoa and San Juan de la Maguana.
Kiteboarding, the last of the water sports practiced in the country, has returned to Cabarete, Puerto Plata, part of the brilliance that had lost the first tourist resort in the country.
In fact, Cabarete is considered the best in the world to practice this technique that combines the flight of comets and sliding into the sea on a board with incredible stunts in the air.
The same emotion water, but in a river rafting is offered in the Cordillera Central, aboard rafts that surround, for about eight miles, still raging waters of the Yaque del Norte.Under water, scuba diving and snorkelling are practiced in many parts of the Dominican coast. La Caleta in Santo Domingo, the beaches close to Morro, Montecristi, the marine terrace of Parque Mirador del Este on the sides of Saona, Samaná and around the coral mound of Key Arena are the best areas for those who still do not aspire to conquer the deep sea.
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Hundreds of people, coming from various latitudes, filled this Sunday the streets of this city to celebrate the inauguration of the famous Carnival of La Vega, which this year promises to be better organized and the most popular of the country.
The regrouping of the participants and the public started around 10 AM in the Duarte park, the same place which traditionally, since the decade of the Fifties, is used as starting point of this picturesque event.
But the activity became notorious as from 3 PM along the avenue Padre Adolfo, where the visitors and the local people defied the rain to enjoy the participants among whom paraded
Las Hormigas (the ants),
Las Fieras (the wild ones),
Los Broncos (the hard ones),
Los Cavernarios (the cavernous ones),
Los Nietos (Grandsons), among others.
The rich creativity of the masks and their baroque drawings characterizes the Dominican carnival.
The most colored, creative and merry festival that the people offer is the carnival.
This Saturday, La Vega, mistress of most famous and international Dominican carnival, will present its closing procession, in which will take part representations of carnivals of Aruba, Curaçao and Haiti, as well as groups of around fifty of Dominican localities, with the support of Luis Medrano Producciones.
As the carnival is the Carnival, beyond the wind of Lent, the inhabitants of the capital will have the pleasure, on the Malecón this Sunday, starting from 16h00, to see the national Procession, with a total of 130 groups and a great concert of merengue, which will be retransmitted on Telemicro, channel 5, thanks to the sponsor of the Presidente Beer.
The final point of the period of the festivals of the carnival, will count in addition to the groups, on the procession of the traditional figures of the people of the island, from which some are coming from the last centuries.
The habits of the Dominican people, the creativity exposed through the masks, the colored clothes, the popular rhythms, will be the actors of this large procession, which will summarize all the season which occurred these last weeks.
The most known carnival groups meet this weekend in the same setting for the official closing of the season 2008.
This year, the procession is dedicated to the lechones of Santiago.
As an integral part of its promotional platform for these festivals, and as its support for this traditional activity shows it, Cerveza Presidente will retransmit on line the procession, from the green zone Presidente, which is in the center of the carnival.
The event will be retransmitted by Telemicro, channel 5, starting from 16h00, and will be animated by Tania Báez, Jochy Santos, Pamela Sued, Milton Cordero (Lechuga) and Edgar Hernández.
New initiative of Presidente for this spectacular closing, a big concert of merengue and mambo will be given in the Malecón, by Tulile and Los Hermanos Rosario.
This one will take place in the Presidente podium, in crossing of the avenues George Washington and Máximo Gómez.
With this concert and the retransmission of the National Procession, Presidente closes in a formal way its platform of the carnival 2008, which offered to its consumers special offers during the month of February, and which revisited the most important carnivals of the country.
In addition to the Green Zones Presidente, a musical platform through which all the color and the freshness of the carnivals were taken along to some ones of the most attended bars of North and South zones was installed.
With the national procession, the Culture Ministry and the Dominican National Brewery formally close a season of carnival in which all the expressions and figures of these festivals were present.
With this platform, the name reaffirmed its engagement to the culture, the traditional festivals and events which draw the attention of the Dominican ones.
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