WILDLY ROMANTIC AND ORIGINAL
The province of Barahona presents itself wildly romantic in the south-west of the Dominican Republic.
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 the one hand, the south-west is the poorest country in the country, on the other the richest at all. Rich in natural treasures, the virgin forests, its great biological diversity and its extraordinary beauty in the panorama and its friendly people. Progressive as 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, unique 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 without motor power drive up the mountains!
How miraculously driving on the road from Cabral to the village polo vehicles of all kinds without motor power up the mountains! If that's true? Try it!
What is true is that the road from Cabral to Polo is a landscape conservation area. 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 mainly because of the varied nature. The shaded area runs right and left along the road. A ride is worth it.
The Larimar is a stone that fills the imagination!
Under the most primitive conditions the men dig like moles up to 300 meters deep into the mountain. The studs have a diameter of up to 1.5 meters and go zigzag into the mountain: first level, then it goes twenty-thirty meters vertically into the depth and from there further horizontally. From these main tunnels further secondary tunnels branch vertically and horizontally.
The larimar is more than just a light blue, turquoise stone from which great jewelry is made. He is a cultural asset in the Dominican Republic. A treasure that can be found only once in the world.
Hidden in the east of the Sierra de Bahoruco is the dreamy mountain village of Cachote with unique panoramic views over mountains and valleys.
Many areas of the Sierra de Bahoruco were declared a national park. So also the closer environment of Cachote with the natural monument Miguel Domingo Fuerte. Nature conservation, non-governmental organizations and authorities have succeeded in sensitizing the peasant families living in the region to such important natural resources. Beautifully arranged hiking trails show the natural riches of the national park and the region. The area of Cachote is particularly suitable for bird watching and is well-known by experts worldwide. More than 30 bird species, many of which are threatened with extinction, can be found in the area. Cachote is the ideal starting point for botanists, geologists, amphibians, reptiles and insects.
The shortest river in the world!
With a length of only 500 meters, "Los Patos" for the Dominicans is the shortest river in the world. It springs from a mountain slope, directly on the other side of the Carretera. Cold, clear and clean water comes from the mountain, is piled up in a basin and used as a public swimming pool. The river flows directly into the sea. Snowy pebbles cover Playa Caleton. Where the waves are breaking ashore, a narrow strip of sand can also be found. The "Pirate bay", framed by sandbanks and coconut palms, invites you to bathe.
Los Patos is a place to stay and dream. Quickly you get to know the population more closely. There are conversations and so you can also find something from the small cave with the stone paintings of the Tainos, on the other side of the road.