Off-the-beaten-track tour: visiting the pristine “Nalga de Maco” rain forest

In the Dominican Republic’s central mountain chain, specifically in its western limits close to the DR/Haitian border visitors will find a beautiful forest, hidden away from all of the country’s urban centers. The forest is known by few people on the island.

The mountain is known as “Nalga de Maco” and it is located in one of the country’s most important national parks.

Visitors traveling there must take the southern road leaving from the northwest border town of Dajabón, until reaching “Carrizal,” a rural community.  From there, the journey continues until the visitor reaches the town of “Rio Limpio.”

The national park consists of the most exuberant of tropical forests and crystal-clear mountain brooks. In the town of “Rio Limpio” there is an important tree nursery.

Visitors can spend the night in the locality in one of several rustic lodges.

The “Nalga de Maco” mountain is also known for its absolutely beautiful rivers and streams.

Alongside one of these rivers, the “La Cidra” river, visitors will find many ancient caves which were once used by the native inhabitants of the island.

Another impressive site is the mountain’s rain forest. The vegetation and fauna found in the rain forest are unique not only to the region, but also to the Caribbean as well.

Also found in the region is one of the Dominican Republic’s most important cave systems.

On the walls of one particular cave, known as “La Cidra,” visitors can enjoy prehistoric drawings made by the original dwellers of the island. For more information, please visit:

Adolfo Lopez
Environmental Consultant

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