“Dominican Treasures”’ Distinguishes D.R. Ecotourism Projects
The Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium, a nonprofit organization established to promote the development and competitiveness of the country’s tourism industry, has begun to identify tourism-related businesses that support ecotourism and sustainable tourism projects.
Those that meet the standards established by the Consortium are officially certified as a “Dominican Treasure.”
As of March 2014 the program has certified 30 products and services throughout the country. ACCESS provides a list of those who have received a “Dominican Treasure” certificate, as of December 2013.
Taino Park: Situated along the north coast’s Sanchez-Samana highway, visitors will find Taino Park, an outdoor museum depicting life in a Taino village before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers. In 2013 the park received a Certificate of Excellence from the popular travel website TripAdvisor, for its excellent reproduction of life in a Taino village. The Tainos were the original inhabitants of the island now shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Park also features a museum depicting Taino art, with more than 200 pieces of pottery, bones, stones and wood carvings. The Park is open daily from 9:00-5:30 p.m. There is a one-hour audio tour available. For more information, please contact:email@example.com or www.tainopark.com.
“Parada la Manzana:” This unique vegetarian restaurant is situated on the Limon-Samaná highway, in the northeast province of Samana. The restaurant also features a small shop where visitors can purchase locally made souvenirs made from wood and coconut shells, organic coffee and cacao. Please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Zipline Samana: Also situated on the Limon-Samana highway, the zipline park features 20 platforms and 10 cables ranging from 85-450 meters. Guests will be able to “fly” through the region’s lush tropical vegetation. The park also offers hiking tours, beginning with a fun Safari-style tour providing visitors will all the necessary information on the culture and history of this incredibly beautiful region. More information available: email@example.com and www.samanazipline.com.
“Clave Verde:” Situated in the fishing village of Portillo, in Samana, these four Caribbean-style houses feature a private gymnasium, a swimming pool treated with natural chlorine and a play area. All of the homes have running hot water and a full kitchen. During the regular reason prices go for US$90 per night. Holidays: US$110. For more details, please write: firstname.lastname@example.org and/orwww.claveverde.com.
Chalet Tropical Village: This three-home “village” is situated in “Las Galeras,” one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. All houses are built with natural materials, and offer free internet, satellite TV, 24 hour security service, secure parking, electricity, running water and barbecue area. Please write to:email@example.com or www.chalettropical.com.
“Ecocampo La Sangria:” Also in “Las Galeras,” this ecotourism project consists of seven log cabins with thatched roofs. The village perfectly depicts life in the Caribbean countryside. Visitors will enjoy beautiful hiking trails, biking and visit extensive pineapple farms. More information:firstname.lastname@example.org and in www.ecocampolasangria.com.
“D’Vieja Pan:” This old-style bakery is situated on the outskirts of Samana, on the country’s northeast region. “D’Vieja Pan” is an icon of Samana’s culinary tradition. The cafeteria-style store reflects the culture of the founders of Samana, men and women who arrived in the region from the nearby English-speaking Caribbean islands during the early 19th century. For information, please write:email@example.com.
Damajagua Waterfalls: This region was declared a protected area in 2004. The 27 Damajagua Lagoons occupy an area of six square kilometers. Visitors will enjoy hiking from one lagoon to the other, but first passing through natural waterfalls. Please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org,www.saltosdamajagua.com, and www.27charcos.com.
Tubagua Plantation Eco Village: This nine-room facility offers visitors recreation areas, and an open kitchen where they will enjoy meals made with fresh local products. There are wonderful nearby hiking trails that will take the visitor through coffee farms and amber mines. Also available: rich mud baths, and bird watching. For information: email@example.com and www.tubagua.com.
Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa: This eco-sensitive facility consists of rustic style cabins built with Feng Shui elements. It is the perfect spot to practice yoga, and to pursue spiritual growth. Its two outdoor beachfront restaurants are run by an international chef. There is also a “Buddha Trail” and a natural spa. Please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and/orwww.naturacabana.com.
Skina Bar & Restaurant: The restaurant offers visitors a taste of Dominican food, in a natural environment. Situated on “Calle Separacion 12 de julio,” Puerto Plata. Telephone 809-979-1950.
General Gregorio Luperon Museum: General Luperon was one of the Dominican Republic’s founding fathers for his efforts to liberate the Dominican Republic from the Spanish Crown in the 19th century. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Entry fee: RD$100 adults, RD$35 students, RD$50 children, RD$200 international visitors. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Puerto Plata Cable Car: The city’s cable car is literally the symbol of the country’s most important north coast city. The cable car is situated on: Manolo Tavarez Justo Street. The cable car is also the only one in the Caribbean. Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entry fee: RD$350 adults and RD$200 children between the ages of 5-10. Information available: teleférico.email@example.com andwww.telefericopuertoplata.com.
Rancho Olivier: The ranch is situated in the mountain town of Constanza, a two-hour drive north of Santo Domingo. Nestled in the very heart of the country’s most important central mountain range, and the tallest in the Caribbean, Constanza is a unique town where freezing temperatures are pretty common.
Hotel Altocerro: This 68-room hotel, overlooks the impressive Constanza Valley, and is situated atop a hill outside the town of Constanza. It also features a mini market, a convention center, campsite, horseback riding and hiking. There’s more information available at: firstname.lastname@example.org andwww.altocerro.com.
Restaurant Aguas Blancas: Its most impressive attraction is its unique menu, based on all local produce. It is also known for its famous local deserts. For information: email@example.com.
“Villa Pajon:” This seven-cottage destination is situated some 2,000 meters above sea level, in one of the country’s most beautiful natural parks. All cottages are fully equipped with kitchens, fireplaces, rustic handmade furniture, bathrooms with running hot water, balconies, barbecue area and a common dining area. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, horseback riding, bird watching, mountain biking, collecting berries (in season), swimming in local streams, and excursions to the “Salto de Aguas Blancas,” one of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls, and other nearby attractions. For information please write:firstname.lastname@example.org and www.villapajon.do.
“Sonido del Yaque:” This facility is owned and operated by rural women from the community through a local women’s co-op. It is a perfect example of what a sustainable ecotourism project is all about. The facility also features a restaurant overlooking the “Yaque del Norte” river, the largest in the area. Water from the nearby river is used for electricity production. All meals are prepared with locally grown organic products, farmed by the community. For more: email@example.com.
Rancho Baiguate: The “ranch,” situated some 500 meters above sea level in the heart of the Central Mountain chain, features several eco cottages (27 rooms), a buffet area and a swimming pool. It has its own organic plantation, a waste disposal plant, hiking trails, and organizes white-water rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding excursions. For reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ranchobaiguate.com.
El Morro Eco Adventure Hotel: This small 12-room hotel, featuring a small restaurant, a swimming pool and a heliport, is situated on the very edge of the “El Morro National Park,” one of the country’s most important natural regions. The hotel also offers mountain hiking and biking, boating, tours to nearby keys, and other water sports. For information: email@example.com andwww.elmorro.com.do.
Generalissimo Máximo Gómez Museum: This is one of the city’s most important tourism attractions. The museum honors this Dominican general who spearheaded the independence of Cuba from the Spanish Crown. The museum is situated on Mella Street #29. There’s more information on:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soraya and Santos Tours: This is the only tour operator in Montecristi and other nearby towns. It offers expertly-guided tours to the region’s most important sites, such as the region’s mangrove forests and nearby keys. For information: email@example.com and www.ssmontecristitours.com.
Atarazana Restaurant: The “Atarazana Restaurant” is one of the oldest and finest restaurants in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone. Situated in a colonial residence, the restaurant is known for its beautiful indoor Spanish patios. Those who prefer may dine inside, in one of the restaurant’s air-conditioned salons. Guests will also enjoy a beautiful view of the “Alcazar de Colón” residence, the official home of Christopher Columbus’ brother in Colonial Santo Domingo. There’s more information available:firstname.lastname@example.org and www.restauranteatarazana.com.
Trikke Republica Dominicana: This tour operator offers 1.5 hour guided tours of the Colonial Zone. The Trikke green cars are one-passenger vehicles and very easy to maneuver. Guests are provided with an audio-guided tour, and given all the necessary protection needed for a safe tour. Address: “Calle El Conde” #101, across the street from the Columbus Plaza. For information write to: email@example.com or visit www.trikke.do.
Hostal Doña Chava: The 18-room facility features indoor bathrooms, ceiling fans, security, wi-fi, restaurant, bar, laundry service. Some rooms have air conditioning. It is ideal for those who plan to visit the nearby Bay of Eagles, the Bahoruco southwest mountain region, the Oviedo Lagoon and other nearby natural attractions. There’s more information: firstname.lastname@example.org andwww.donachava.com.
Brisas del Caribe Restaurant: This beachfront restaurant is one of the finest in the country’s southwest region. Although it specializes in seafood dishes, it also offers tasty meats, poultry and pasta dishes. Address: Avenida Enriquillo #73. Please visit: email@example.com.
Cuseco Art: This arts and crafts shop specializes in making all kinds of jewelry from local seeds, coconut shells and other natural items. The shop is completely run by women artisans. The shop also features space for workshops, a nursery for children and a designer’s lounge, for visitors who want to design their own jewelry using the materials of their choice. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altos de Chavon Archaeological Museum: The museum features the most important items used by the Tainos, the original inhabitants of the island. Some 3,000 objects, most found in the region, are displayed showing the evolution of Taino society through the ages. To visit the archaeological site visitors must fill out a form found on the museum’s website, and for group bookings. For information:email@example.com and www.altosdechavon.museum.
Source: Access DR
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