On the country’s Atlantic Coast is the north coast fishing village of Nagua, home of one of the Dominican Republic’s most important protected areas: the Guaconejo Hills.
This 23 square kilometer scientific reserve has remained virtually the same since pre-Hispanic times. The eco-tourist will marvel at the incredible beauty of the region, and its well preserved tropical forests.
To reach the Guaconejo Hills the visitor must travel on the north coast highway that leads to Nagua, a quiet fishing village situated in the country’s north coast.
A few kilometers before Nagua, the traveler will look for the “Los Pajones” road sign. The dirt country road will lead directly to the reserve’s Reception Center.
The scientific reserve is situated in the very heart of the north coast mountain range, rich in pristine rivers, streams, small waterfalls and ponds.
The surrounding forest region is extremely well preserved, a true plus for scientific research. Outside the scientific reserve are small farming communities that harvest cocoa, yams, and other tropical fruit and crops.
One of the hills on the reserve is home to the “Los Indios” cave, a wonderful place to observe pre-Hispanic drawings.
Visitors must stop at the Reception Center in order to register and initiate their guided tour of the region.
The tours will provide visitors with all the necessary information on the region.
There are also camping sites, overnight lodging, a dining area, cafeteria and Internet service.
For more information, please write the Vice Ministry for Protected Areas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel.809-567-4300.
By Adolfo Lopez