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Holidays in the Dominican Republic

The relief of the island is very diverse. More than half of the country’s territory is occupied by 4 mountain ranges crossing the island from the northwest to the southeast, as well as the Sierra de Baoruko plateau in the southwest. The highest point of the Dominican Republic is Duarte Peak in the northwest (3175 m.). The coastal zone and intermountain valleys are occupied by vast savannas (most of them have long been used for farmland) and tropical forests.

Capital of the Dominican Republic

The city of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, founded by the brilliant governor of the borderlands, Bartolome Columbus in 1496, is the very first city in the New World. In 1990, its colonial areas were declared by UNESCO “The achievement of mankind”. A modern multi-faceted city, it preserves in its ancient center more than three hundred monuments of the colonial era, carefully guarded so that when visiting these places, we can abstract from the present and imagine ourselves next to Diego Columbus, Maria Toledo and their court ladies, or hear the story of the leader Enricillo , “A man of dignity and justice,” who signed the first peace treaty in America between Indians and Spaniards.

Do not miss the opportunity to visit the romantic ruins of the San Nicolas hospital (Ostos street), Carmen church (at the intersection of Arsobispo, Noel and Sanchez streets), the church and hospital of San Lazaro (Piazza San Lazaro), the church and the cathedral of Las Mercedes (street San Mercedes) and the Columbus lighthouse (Los Parkes district), the famous building in the shape of a cross, where the Mausoleum with the remains of Christopher Columbus is located. The pillar of this cross is 230 meters long, the crossbar is 70 meters. The construction reaches 70 meters in height.

Climate and weather

Tropical trade wind, marine. Monthly average temperatures in the lowlands fluctuate slightly – from +25 C to +27 C. The hottest month is August (to +31 C), but sea winds blowing from the north-east soften the heat at this time. The “coldest” is January (about +22 C). Altitudinal zonation is relatively poorly developed, but nevertheless, in mountainous areas the temperature in winter can drop to a minus point.

The local climate is characterized by high humidity – from 65% to 80%. Precipitation falls from 1000 to 2000 mm. in year. The rainy season lasts from May to August-September, when tropical air masses bring heavy rainfall to the island. The rains are especially strong in July-August, when typhoons pass through the island. Frequent but short showers in November-December are also possible. The rest of the time, as a rule, dry and warm weather prevails.

From July to August, the country is often exposed to tropical cyclones. During this period, heavy rains, storms, squalls and pressure drops are completely common. Wind gusts reach tremendous speed and often in a few days the monthly rainfall falls. Radio and television messages warn of the approach of cyclones. It is recommended that you carefully listen to the tips on how to behave during the passage of the cyclone, which are also broadcast in the media.

Natural features of the country

More than half of the country’s territory is occupied by 4 mountain ranges crossing the island from the northwest to the southeast, as well as the Sierra de Baoruko plateau in the southwest.

In the vicinity of Jarabacoa, the most beautiful waterfalls in the country are located – El Salto Jimenoa, El Salto de Bayagate, Balneario de la Confluencia and Balneario de la Guasaras. Southwest of Xapabakoa, the peak of Dyuarte rises – the highest point of the Antilles (3175 m.), Considered to be a great place for trekking and mountain climbing.

In the very west of the coast, near the border with Haiti near the city of Monte Cristi, there are the salt lakes Lago Enricio. Immediately behind the coral reefs enclosing the bay, lies an island group.

Siete Hermanos (“The Seven Brothers”, in the gray sand of the beaches of which large sea turtles lay their eggs from November to February.

 

Our Tour Guides will be wearing a mask throughout the duration of the tour and wearing gloves when sanitizing, taking temperatures, opening/closing doors, and providing sanitizer to guests.

Before leaving our dispatch, each Tour Guide will ensure that all surfaces in the vehicle are properly sanitized and wiped down.

Prior to any guest entering the vehicle at their pickup location our Tour Guide will use a non-contact thermometer to ensure that anyone with a fever or anyone travelling with others who have a fever (any temperature over 99 degrees Fahrenheit) do not enter the vehicle. If a customer has a fever we will issue a full refund.

During the excursion our Tour Guides will be the only individuals to open and close the doors of the vehicle.

At each stop when guests exit the vehicle our Tour Guide will use sanitary wipes to disinfect commonly touched areas inside the vehicle.

Upon getting back into the vehicle our Tour Guide will provide hand sanitizer or wipes for each customer.

At the end of each tour all surfaces inside the vehicle will be sanitized and wiped down. We will limit the number of guests on our tours to 8 people.

We are expanding our communications about our refund policy to ensure anyone who is not feeling well will receive a full refund for the tour if cancelled.

Our leadership team will continue to actively monitor the recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and OHA and implement best-practices accordingly.

When you place your reservation we collect your name, email address, phone number, and home address so that if we receive notification that a guest has tested positive for COVID-19 we can contact all other guests that were on that tour.

All tour guests will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement prior to joining the tour. If a guest refuses to sign the waiver they will not be allowed to join the tour. The waiver can be found here: Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement

As always, we will communicate clearly and directly about our plans and activities to continue to offer our tours in the safest possible environment.

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