Dominican Republic’s Natural Environment Offers Adrenaline Rush

CABARETE, Dominican Republic, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Adventure seekers around the world will be more than satisfied with the abundance of thrilling, heart racing activities the Dominican Republic (DR) offers. With its nine diverse ecological zones, the DR features the highest and lowest sea level points in the Caribbean. Hence, the DR’s natural playground ensures an adrenaline rush to last visitors the day, week or a lifetime.

For those with an itch to climb, Pico Duarte, located in the DR’s central region, provides ideal hiking opportunities. Standing at 10,128 feet above sea level the peak is the highest point in the Caribbean and requires three days to reach by foot. A challenging adventure, Pico Duarte can be climbed through organized tours with an experienced guide.

In addition to climbing the Caribbean’s highest peak, intrepid explorers can also enjoy canyoning, which incorporates hiking, swimming, rock climbing, jumping and repelling, and finishes off with a dip into refreshing mountain waters. This activity is most often performed within the Cordillera Central at the Jimenoa River, located in the DR’s central region.

For visitors who can’t get enough of the clear Caribbean waters, the city of Cabarete, located on the DR’s north coast, is a prime location for an array of water sports. Due to its perfect combination of wind, water and waves, Cabarete is considered one of the world’s top five destinations for kiteboarding and windsurfing.

While similar to surfing, kiteboarding takes the sport to a whole new level. Using a large kite to carefully balance on a board, this water sport has become so popular in the DR that Cabarete Beach is known as “Kite Beach.” Rightfully so, Cabarete recently hosted the “Presidente Kiteboarding World Cup” for the fourth time.

Extreme sports enthusiasts will appreciate the unpredictable waters of the Rio Jimenoa, Rio Yaque del Norte and Rio Baiguate in the DR’s central region. Here, whitewater rafting is at its best, with each river providing heart-pounding adventure at levels from novice to expert.

Ever hear of cascading? A unique and thrilling experience, participants climb to the top of a waterfall and “cascade” to the pool at the bottom. On the way down, multiple jumps are completed with at least one through a waterfall. A great spot for cascading in addition to a breathtaking view is the Salto de Jimenoa waterfall.

Additional activities to try include: caving, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, sandboarding and scuba diving, to name a few.

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