Posted by: D. M. | March 1, 2010

Jarabacoa: ecology queen of the Dominican Republic

Jarabacoa .-  Is the ecology queen of  Dominican Republic. The great potential for distinguishing each geographical area of this city and nearby towns located on the same route of the Central Cordillera. It is what attracts countless domestic and foreign tourists, who come into contact with the multiplicity of natural goodness decide to endorse the full enjoyment of a natural life.

In undertaking the journey to these hills first thing travelers see is a charming vegetation that borders all the way steep. Crossing the Alps you will find a valley wash with exuberant forest of majestic pine trees offers a warm welcome, delivering one of the most special spring weather available to Dominican Republic. The journey between curves, the 21 miles between La Vega  and Jarabacoa is to  experiment one of the richest human coexistence with the biodiversity of their own environment.

Moving along this road you will see  witness a true spectacle of nature and feel the cool breeze is traced back to any stage of paradise.

Seven kilometers before reaching the town in the north, is the most beautiful view in a charming town surrounded by natural greenery and gardens that adorn each of its hills.We went to visit Buena vista, which  is one of the two municipal districts available to Jarabacoa.

Its population growth with five sections and 39 sites has not prevented the flourishing of the forest and the reception that give visitors the cold waters of the rivers Yaque del Norte, Jimenoa and Camu.

The transit through this pathway, called the Ecological Corridor, it is nice not only by the impressive variety of natural resources, but it is here is the only National Forestry School (Esnafor), the birthplace of ecology and ideology methodological major thrust towards the training of senior technicians countless forest sciences in the Dominican Republic.

The Esnafor has established national environmental agreements even with  international institutions.   There are currently 38 students enrolled in their internship in different ecological settings of the country and half years of environmental studies approved.

According to the director expresses Esnafor, Marta Fernandez, the projection that has the school is to ensure that technical graduates in the specialties of Environment and Natural Resources, turn the main road of this center in an ecological corridor.Requests for this approval has been made through various embassies so others can send seeds of trees of various typical species from a large number of countries.

Varieties of pine trees grown
The 400 tasks of land that house the Esnafor are shaped by ecological trails and parks, greenhouses, sawmills, joinery, seed banks and nurseries with production capacity of more than 500,000 plants per cycle.

According to the statement by Frank Badia, professor and assistant soil conservation and plant pathology at the nursery are produced varieties of Caribbean pine, cypress, silk-oak, Honduras mahogany, oak, acacia mangium, mahogany Creole Emelina, casuarina, mahogany , among other timber species.

Upon reaching the main menu Mother Nature in Jarabacoa  is very diversified, there are rivers like Yaque del Norte, and  the Jimenoa Baiguate nearby have countless waterfalls, waterfalls, streams and, above all, you will be amazed at the impression landscape beauty  by being in the midst of large areas of water sources.

The community comes together and progresses
It is here in Jarabacoa where the community of Los Calabazos, located on a long slope that ends at the Rio Yaque del Norte.

The 365 residents of this rural area implemented a way of life In harmony with ecological principles.

The villagers say that a union makes the force launched together in 2003 building an eco-tourism project on the banks of the Yaque del Norte.

Mrs. Esperanza Marte, president of the Mothers Club La Nueva Esperanza, argues that with the constant effort of working men and women, managed to build with unfinished wood, cane and cane ceiling Ecotourism Complex Sound of the Yaque, which consists of six cabins with a total of thirteen rooms.

This community complex offers visitors accommodation, food, hospitality first and main attraction is spending the night with the protection of nature, dressed in exuberant vegetation and shelter of the pines.

The most unique company with which the visitor has the birdsong and the sound of rushing water standing of the Yaque del Norte.

The record highlighted by these industrious people has borne fruit. Receive tourists from anywhere in the country and delegations from international students who stay for weekends, for two weeks or for a period of up to one full month.

The resources that accrued their services are distributed equitably among all. They already have are four greenhouses and one under construction.

Receive water and light thanks to a mini-hydro and mini aqueduct built and are already in use biogas project that has begun to cater to various homes in Los Calabazos.

A few kilometers from this area is the community of Los Dajaos, whose residents tend ecological resources with care. For this, institutions have been inserted into the ecological and Care Project for the Rio Yaque del Norte (Procarym) Range Plan and others who advocate the continuous guidance to farmers about their responsibility for improving the relationship between man and nature.

Every day of their lives take as this  ecological mission, allowing them to cultivate tayota, coffee, strawberries, vegetables items and procedures organic. It is rarely seen in this area humble dwellings erected in the midst of rolling hills thick with pine and other timber species and fruit trees.

The natural conditions that prevail in these sections are so attractive that increasingly augment summer cottage buildings with styles similar to those found in the Swiss Alps by writers, artists, businessmen and politicians Dominicans and of different nationalities.

In the southeast part of Jarabacoa are small towns surrounding the river Jimenoa, to stunning waterfalls and abundant water sources.

It is common the coexistence of people with one of the colder climates that are registered in this area.


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