UNREAL, HOT AND DRY
In the west of the Dominican Republic is the province of Independencia. The province borders directly with the neighboring country of Haiti. Unreal, hot, dry and poor. The province is the poorest in the country and offers visitors unique insights into the social and cultural differences between the two countries.
In the province lies Lago Enriquillo, the largest lake in the country. The province was founded in 1952 by the demolition of the province of Baoruco.
Characteristics of the region Independencia
Jimaní is border town to the neighbor Haiti and capital of the province of Independencia, one of the poorest regions of the country.
The people of the border town are a colorful mixture of Dominicans and Haitians. The two very different populations live together peacefully. In this poorest region of the country each one relies on the other. In addition to missing income, the region is one of the hottest and driest in the Dominican Republic. One lives here from the trade with the neighbor and the low-yielding agriculture. The lack of infrastructure and the lack of support from the government, several international relief organizations are trying to catch up with aid projects.
Worth a visit is the border post and market in Mal Paso.
Lago Enriquillo and Isla Cabritos
The salt lake Lago Enriquillo is currently the largest water conservation area in the country, covering an area of 340 km². The protected area of the national park has an extension of 412 km² and belongs to the Biosphere Reserve Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo.
The Lago Enriquillo always surprises its visitors. A diverse vegetation and the rich bird world can be observed by land and during boat trips. On hikes along the river, the iguanas pass between the legs. Rare birds nest in pokwood trees, cacti and mangroves.
In the national park one of the largest open-end colonies of the American Spitzkulkrokodiles exists. Approx. 400 animals live here in the wild and are threatened with extinction. It feeds on fish like the Tilapia and sometimes a goat or cow.