Posted by: D. M. | June 28, 2010

Dominican Republic: Adventure & Extreme Sports

In its territory you can practice various sports  ‘Size does not matter’.

With only 48.442 square kilometers, the Dominican Republic has sufficient land and water to provide travel experiences extreme explorer uplifting and give often life meaning.

Underground, in the air, at sea, anywhere in the right space is causing some fresh air to city life, physical inactivity and starvation: hiking, climbing, diving, rafting, climbing, rappelling, jeeping, paragliding, canyoning or kiteboarding.

Today we locate these fantastic places that force us to take advantage of a country full of bold and risky choices.

Challenging nature
If the three thousand top 87 meters of Pico Duarte or reaching the valley of Tetero results way too little for the less adventurous, there are other similar options that make the mountaineering and trekking the unique experiences of explorers back to be better people, or pike, always depends.
The mountain’s 80 in Constanza, Loma Quita Espuela, in Duarte province, the slopes of Hoyo de Pelempito in the Sierra de Bahoruco and El Morro, Montecristi, can get anyone tired and challenge any body to go up to thesky.

For hiking and trekking, ecotourism experts recommend ways of Jarabacoa and San José de Ocoa for those who prefer a little steep and Saona Island for those who just want to walk and walk uprightly among green bushes, red crabs and black lauras monitoring the island’s Parque Nacional del Este.
In recent years, almost unexplored scenery in the center of this region are increasingly attracting visitors to walk, especially to the province of El Seibo.

An extreme sport to defy gravity
Rock climbing is still a trendy hobbie. It is the sporting pastime for many young people who see to feel that this challenge shows them the severity alive. The best routes to climb, they suggest, are the rugged mountains of Frontón beach in Samaná, a place known as Conde de Mana in San Cristobal and the ‘Mirador Sur’ park in Santo Domingo, ideal for those who are new to this adventure.The rappel, lower mountains or vertical walls using cables, helmets and harnesses, is in the vicinity of Rancho Baiguate in Jarabacoa, their best scenarios.

The bravest challenge water and slippery walls of the Falls of Limón and Jimenoa, something not recommended for beginners.The canyon between cliffs with slopes also practiced in the area of Jarabacoa, where Baiguate Rancho has built a sanctuary for the practice of almost all mountain extreme sports and other less risky.

More than 400 explored caves with rock art, rock formations and special guests (snakes, bats and other animals) located throughout the country indicate that life underground is not as quiet or boring.

To explore, visitors feel a certain fascination with the caves of Los Haitises National Park is of outstanding beauty and cultural heritage, and the Cave of Wonders.
But if it ends, the adventure is recommended to visit the ‘Fun-Fun’ Cave in Hato Mayor, for his exploration includes special training for up to 20 meters down inside rapelling deep into an underground river.
Less dangerous but equally fascinating is walking and splashing in the river Damajagua, Puerto Plata, waters are divided into 27 pools a gigantic cavern that formed in place due to a geological fault.

Samaná offers one of the best circuits in the country riding in the area of Las Terrenas and its surroundings:
20-kilometer walking horse exotic beaches, scenic mountain roads and Campitos to end with a swim of 45 meters under the Salto del Limón. Further down in the east, one of the trendiest places to do stunts and catch mud 4 x 4 vehicles is Benerito community in La Romana, and hundreds of miles of beaches and forests of Miches, north of the Seibo province.
Jeeping can be practiced anywhere, but travel agencies that organize prefer the center of the country and Samaná.

Over water
Glider is practiced in areas as diverse as the desert landscapes of the valley of Neiba (here held the pre-World Cup in 2004), and green dots on the southern margin of the Cordillera Central, including Constanza, Jarabacoa and San Juan de la Maguana.
Kiteboarding, the last of the water sports practiced in the country, has returned to Cabarete, Puerto Plata, part of the brilliance that had lost the first tourist resort in the country.

In fact, Cabarete is considered the best in the world to practice this technique that combines the flight of comets and sliding into the sea on a board with incredible stunts in the air.

The same emotion water, but in a river rafting is offered in the Cordillera Central, aboard rafts that surround, for about eight miles, still raging waters of the Yaque del Norte.Under water, scuba diving and snorkelling are practiced in many parts of the Dominican coast. La Caleta in Santo Domingo, the beaches close to Morro, Montecristi, the marine terrace of Parque Mirador del Este on the sides of Saona, Samaná and around the coral mound of Key Arena are the best areas for those who still do not aspire to conquer the deep sea.


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