Los Haitises

Los Haitises
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There are not many unspoiled places left on the planet. Humanity has changed the world so much that it’s hard to find anywhere that’s still untouched.

The National Park Los Haitises

Beautiful forest and caves

The Los Haitises National park is one of the largest and most important nature preserves in the Dominican Republic.

Up on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, on the Samaná Peninsula, is one of the loveliest landscapes in the Caribbean. The 1,600-square-kilometers (618-sq.- mile) spread that comprises what is today Los Haitises National Park was a sacred place for its pre-Columbian inhabitants, the Taínos, and today it is one of the Caribbean’s most biologically diverse regions. Explore it by water, on the ground or beneath it.

The most diverse flora and fauna in the Dominican Republic.

The park contains the greatest representation of fauna among all of the protected parks in the Dominican Republic. This rich biodiversity includes over 50 different specimens of mangrove trees, but the most popular are the red, white, and black mangroves. In fact, the park contains the largest extension of mangrove trees in the Caribbean.

This is also home to some incredible wildlife, It is easy to locate the endangered Ridgway Hawk, the Piculet Hispaniolan, the Hispaniolan Woodpecker, the Spanish Emerald, pelicans, frigate birds, herons and many other majestic birds in flight. All 20 bird species endemic to the Dominican Republic live here, including species that are not found anywhere else in the country.

LOS HAITISES NATIONAL PARK FACTS

  • The hills are limestone karsts that were formed by tectonic changes in the Earth’s plate a couple of million years ago.

  • Los Haitises became a Dominican national park in 1976.

  • Haitises means “mountains” in the Arawak language (spoken by the pre-Spanish Taino Native American population).

  • The Los Haitises rainforest was used as a film location for Jurassic Park.

The largest water reserves and Cave system

This corner of the Dominican Republic is the rainiest part of the country. Its porous soil means rainwater accumulates underground, forming a large system of fresh- and salt-water caves, along with the DR’s largest water reserves. And not surprisingly, these caves are one of the park’s biggest attractions today.

You can visit them and swim in their pristine waters in a most unusual environment. It was down here that the Taínos performed their rituals and sheltered from frequent hurricanes. On some walls, you can still see intriguing Taíno petroglyphs (above) that are thousands of years old.

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