WILDLY ROMANTIC AND ORIGINAL
The province of Barahona in the southwest of the Dominican Republic is wildly romantic.
In the morning, the sun rises over the Caribbean, leaving its glow behind the turquoise water and the white beaches and the impassable and unreal areas.
The tranquility in this area is almost unlikely to stand out from the rest of the country. Original and also progressive at the same time.
On one side the southwest is the poorest area of the country, on the other the richest. Rich in natural treasures, virgin forests, its great biological diversity and its extraordinary beauty in the panorama and its friendly people. Progressive because they love and appreciate their nature, which is unique in the Dominican Republic.
Special features province Barahona
Laguna Cabral - an interesting ecosystem!
The lagoon is one of the largest in the Dominican Republic. Only fed by the River Colorando-Panzo, it serves as a water equalization basin for the salt lake Lago Enriquillo and for one of the largest rivers of the country, the Yaque del Sur.
The lagoon itself and the surrounding area are protected as natural reserves. The fauna is unique. In the lagoon, freshwater fish develop and small indigenous turtles, frogs and reptiles live on the shores. In winter, migratory birds come from North America and join the local waterfowl.
Where cars drive up the mountains without engine power!
As if by a miracle, vehicles of all kinds drive up the mountains on the road from Cabral to the village of Polo without using their motor power! Is that true? Try it out!
What is true is that the road from Cabral to Polo is a protected landscape. 12 kilometers of the route are protected as a so-called panoramic road. Not only because of the great views of the Laguna Cabral, but above all because of the varied nature. It’s worth a trip.
The Larimar is a stone that inspires imagination.
Under the most primitive conditions, the men dig themselves into the mountain up to 300 metres deep. The tunnels have a diameter of up to 1.5 metres and zigzag their way into the mountain: first at ground level, then twenty or thirty metres vertically into the depth and from there horizontally. From these main tunnels further side tunnels branch off vertically and horizontally.
The Larimar is more than just a light blue, turquoise stone from which great jewellery is made. It is a cultural asset in the Dominican Republic. A treasure that can only be found in one place of the world.
Hidden in the east of the Sierra de Bahoruco lies the dreamy mountain village of Cachote from where you'll have unique panoramic views over mountains and valleys.
Many parts of the Sierra de Bahoruco have been declared a National Park. So also the closer surroundings of Cachote with the natural monument Miguel Domingo Fuerte. Nature conservation, non-governmental organisations and authorities managed to sensitise the farming families living in the region to the so important natural resources. Beautifully laid out hiking trails show the natural riches of the national park and the region. The area of Cachote is particularly suitable for birdwatching and is known by experts all over the world. More than 30 bird species, many threatened by extinction, can be found in the area. Cachote is the ideal starting point for botanists, geologists, amphibians, reptiles and insects.
One of the shortest rivers in the world!
With a length of only 60 meters, "Los Patos" is one of the shortest rivers in the world. It springs from a mountain slope, directly on the other side of the Carretera 44. Cold, clear and clean, the water comes from the mountain, is dammed up in a pool and used as a public swimming pool. The river flows directly into the sea. Snow-white pebbles cover Playa Caleton. Where the waves break ashore, there is also a narrow strip of sand. The "Pirate's Bay", framed by sandbanks and coconut palms, invites you to take a dip.
Los Patos is a place to linger and dream. You quickly get to know the population better. Talks arise and so one also learns about the small cave with the stone paintings of the Tainos, just across the street.