The province of Barahona in the southwest of the Dominican Republic is wild and romantic.
In the morning, the sun rises over the Caribbean, letting its glow fall over the turquoise waters, the white beaches and the impassable and unreal areas.
The tranquility of this area stands out almost improbably from the rest of the country. Pristine and also progressive at the same time.
On the one hand, the southwest is the poorest area of the country, on the other, the richest of all. Rich in natural treasures, the virgin forests, its great biodiversity and its extraordinary beauty in panorama and its friendly people. Progressive because they love and appreciate their nature, which is unique in the Dominican Republic.
Special Features Province of Barahona
Laguna Cabral - an interesting ecosystem!
The lagoon is one of the largest in the Dominican Republic. Fed solely by the Colorando-Panzo River, it serves as a water balancing basin for the salt lake Lago Enriquillo and for one of the largest rivers in the country, the Yaque del Sur.
The lagoon itself and the surrounding area are protected as a nature reserve. The fauna is unique. Unique freshwater fish develop in the lagoon and small native turtles, frogs and reptiles live along the shorelines. In winter, migratory birds from North America come and join the local waterfowl.
Where cars drive up the mountains without engine power!
Miraculously, on the road from Cabral to the village of Polo, vehicles of all kinds drive up the mountains without engine power! Do you think this is true? Try it out!
What is true is that the road from Cabral to Polo is a protected landscape area. 12 kilometers of the route are protected as a so-called panoramic road. Not only because of the great views of Laguna Cabral, but mainly because of the diverse nature. The protected area runs right and left along the road. A drive is worthwhile.
The Larimar is a stone that fires the imagination!
Under the most primitive conditions, men dig like moles up to 300 meters deep into the mountain. The tunnels have a diameter of up to 1.5 meters and zigzag into the mountain: first at ground level, then twenty, thirty meters vertically into the depth and from there horizontally. From these main tunnels, other secondary tunnels branch off vertically and horizontally.
The Larimar is more than just a light blue, turquoise stone from which great jewelry is made. It is a cultural treasure 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 of mountains and valleys.
Many areas of the Sierra de Bahoruco have been declared a national park. This is also the case in the vicinity of Cachote with the natural monument Miguel Domingo Fuerte. Conservation, non-governmental organizations and authorities managed to raise awareness among the farming families living in the region about the natural resources that are so important. Beautifully designed trails show the natural riches of the national park and the region. Especially for bird watching, the area of Cachote is excellent and is known by experts worldwide. More than 30 species of birds, many endangered, are found in the area. For botanists, geologists, amphibian, reptile and insectologists, Cachote is the ideal starting point.
The shortest river in the world!
With a length of only 500 meters, Los Patos is the shortest river in the world for the Dominicans. It rises on a mountain slope, directly on the other side of the Carretera 44.
Cold, clear and clean, the water comes out of the mountain, is dammed in a basin and used as a public swimming pool. The river flows directly into the sea. Snow-white pebbles cover Playa Caleton. Where the waves break on land, there is also a narrow strip of sand. Framed by sandbars and coconut trees, "Pirate's Cove" is an inviting place to swim.
Los Patos is a place to linger and dream. Quickly you get to know the population. Conversations arise and so you also learn something about the small cave with the stone paintings of the Tainos, just across the street.