By Fe Liza Bencosme, Clark Norton
All-color advisor, with thousands of pictures and maps. The authors, considered one of whom is a Dominican Republic local, percentage their intimate wisdom of this island country. Virgin shorelines, 16th-century Spanish ruins, the Caribbean's optimum mountain, unique flora and fauna and large wooded area reserves will trap you the following. And this booklet will express you round. colossal element at the tradition, the background, the ideals of the folks (how they relate to each other and to you) plus the economic system and politics, so that you might be excess of an off-the-cuff vacationer. Diving, mountaineering, flora and fauna, parks, excursions, getting round, carnivals and celebrations, companies, buying, all are lined intimately. lodgings run the gamut from luxurious motels to bare-bones camping out amenities. The authors suggest locations to consume, too, together with roadside shacks promoting neighborhood food. Descriptions of the easiest nightlife in each city, from Sosua to Santo Domingo and the tiny cities in among. Over 20 city and local maps plus colour all through.
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Extra info for Adventure Guide: Dominican Republic, 5th Edition (Hunter Travel Guides)
Fauna n 41 FLYING MAMMALS Numerous species of bats are found in the DR, many of them occupying the extensive cave systems around the country. Look (or look out) for them in the El Pomier Caves near San Cristóbal, in Jaragua National Park in the southwest (where there are at least a dozen species), and sometimes even in La Guácara Taina, a Santo Domingo nightclub set in a cave (after all, bats are nocturnal). Depending on the species, bats feast on mosquitoes, moths, and other insects, or on fruit.
The smallest of the DR’s five main mountain ranges, the Cordillera Oriental (Eastern Range, sometimes called the Sierra de Seibo), lies in the eastern part of the coun- Diverse Terrain n 25 THE LOWLANDS The Caribbean coastal plain, a six- to 25-mile-wide and 150-mile-long lowland that runs from the mouth of the Ocoa River west of Santo Domingo to the Coconut Coast on the far eastern end of the island, is the country’s major population center. Since the arrival of the Europeans 500 years ago, much of this land has been used for livestock grazing and sugar cane growing.
Whale-watching trips range from week-long excursions in the Silver Bank to a few hours in Samaná Bay. Manatees Sometimes called sea cows, due to their large, ovalshaped, thickset bodies – they can weigh from 500 to 1,200 pounds and grow to 12 feet long – manatees are the only sea mammals besides whales and their own close relatives, dugongs, that spend their entire lives in water. Oddly, considering their considerable girth and generally lumbering appearance – they share a distant common ancestor with the elephant – manatees may Manatee with calf.
Adventure Guide: Dominican Republic, 5th Edition (Hunter Travel Guides) by Fe Liza Bencosme, Clark Norton