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LOS HAITISES NATIONAL PARK
an archipelago of 50 islets with flora, fauna, caves
 
 
     
 
Since the new highway is done, It takes just 2 hours to reach Las Terrenas from downtown Santo Domingo
 
 

YOUR VISIT  TO  LOS HAITISES NATIONAL PARK STARTS IN SANTA BARBARA DE SAMANA,   25 MILES SOUTH - EAST FROM LAS TERRENAS

MOST OF LAS TERRENAS HOTELS WILL ORGANIZE YOUR CRUISE DIRECTLY OR THROUGH A LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

THE BEST WAY TO EXPLORE THE PARK IS TO NAVIGATE WITH CAPTAIN AND A LOCAL GUIDE

IT TAKES 40 MINUTES TO CROSS SAMANA BAY AND REACH THE PARK

DO NOT FORGET SUN SCREEN AND  SUN GLASSES

 

THE PARK  IS  78  SQUARE MILE WIDE

 

"LOS HAITISES" MEANS  MOUNTAIN LAND  IN TAINO LANGUAGE, THE ANCIENT POPULATION OF THE REGION

THAT IS BECAUSE OF "MOGOTES" , LITTLE LIMESTONE HILLS EMERGING FROM THE SEA REACHING 40 METERS HEIGHT

  THESE ISLETS FORM AN ARCHIPELAGO VERY PEACEFUL AND AMAZING TO SAIL

THE MOST FAMOUS IS THE "CAYO DE LOS PAJAROS" WITH MILLIONS OF BIRDS

 
   
TAINO MASK

MORE THAN 100 SPECIES OF BIRDS MAKE THIS PLACE A REAL SANCTUARY

HERONS, FREGATES AND PELICANS DWELL HERE IN LARGE  QUANTITY, BIRD ISLAND IS ONE OF THE  BEST SPOTS.
 
 
ROSE HERONS
 
PELICAN

THIS IS THE DWELLING OF LAMANTINO, A KIND OF NO FANGS WALRUS AND OF THE SOLENODONTE, A  VERY RARE ENDANGERED RODENT

 
MAIN ACTORS HERE ARE THE TURTLES:  THE TERRESTRIAL  GREEN,THE MARINE CARETTA CARETTA  AND THE HUGE  LIUTO
 
     

BECAUSE OF THE  KARST MORPHOLOGY THERE ARE A LOT OF CAVES  EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY THE SEA

SOME ARE IMPRESSIVE , WITH TRACES, PICTURES AND GRAFFITI OF TAINO PEOPLE LIVING THERE IN THE ANCIENT TIMES 
     
 
     

CAVES ARE DARK AND GUIDES NOT ALWAYS HAVE FLASHLIGHTS FOR EVERYBODY.

 

EARLY MORNING MIST FOR A THRILLING ATMOSPHERE IN LOS HAITISES

THE MOST INTERESTING  PHASE OF OUR CRUISE  IS SAILING IN THE MIDDLE OF MANGROVES 

RED AND WHITE MANGROVES, THE MOST EXTENDED OF CENTRAL AMERICA

 
NICE COLOURS, CALM AND SHALLOW WATER, A LOT OF FISH  AMONG THE MANGROVES , RAISING FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE SURFACE

TURN OFF THE ENGINE AND HEAR IN SILENCE THE STRONG VITAL SIGNS OF NATURE

     
 
     

THE IDEAL DURATION OF THIS TRIP IS HALF DAY FROM  10 A.M.  TO  2 P.M.

THE PARK ADMINISTRATION IS IN SANTA BARBARA DE SAMANA  TEL.   809 2215340

 
     
 
 
 
 

 

 

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