CLOUD FOREST MOUNTAIN
Bird watching and botanic trails
Cloud Forest Mountain
Pickup/Transportation by 4×4 safari truck (Barahona/Paraiso/Los Patos area)
Local English speaking tour guide
Typical lunch and drinks (water, juices and sodas)
Botanic and ecological trails
All not specifically mentioned services
Personal expenses and tips
Our adventure begins in the village Cienaga in a safari truck… First, we will head all the way up the mountain to the ecological mirador (lookout-point) of Cachote, from where you will have a great view of the river Nizaito, the beach of Paraíso, and the Polo mountains.
On the way, we will stop several times to take in the agricultural variety – coffee, cacao and other tropical fruits – of the Bahoruco mountains.
At the top of the mountain (1200 meters above sea level), you will find yourself in the midst of a cold cloud forest where scientists have identified 30 types of endemic birds (including the famous Dominican parrot “Cotorra Hispaniola”). This paradise is the perfect location for our lunch break.
We will take a nice walk (botanic trail), going down the hills inside the cloudy forest and, all along the way, you will get explanations from your guide about the plants you can see. Some are used in medicine or cosmetology; others are used by local Haitian Voodoo!!!
After lunch, stroll downhill and enter the cloud forest. Along the way, we will provide you with explanations about the plants we encounter. Some are used in medicine or cosmetology, while others are integral ingredients of the local Haitian voodoo practice!
At the end of the walk (ca. 40 minutes), we will arrive in Cachote, a typical village where people live without water and electricity. After getting to know the local community, we will head downhill in our truck to the Paraíso rainforest and the village Villa Nizao, located in a valley next to the river Nizaito that is known for its great production of oranges, coconuts, and mangos.
If you wish, you may swim in the river, which is also the favorite playground of the local children.
08:00 a.m.: Departure from your hotel
11:00 a.m.: Arrival at the ecological center of Cachote
12:00 a.m.: Lunch
01:00 p.m.: Walk to the village Cachote
03:30 p.m.: Swimming in the river Nizaito
06:00 p.m.: Arrival at your hotel
Guaranteed departures from 2 adults on