With its enchanting landscapes, the richness of its minerals and national parks, its sugar cane fields and its biodiversity, the southwest deploys a generous and protected nature. Crocodiles can be seen, Larimar crystals are collected and the orange plumage of endemic ducks is examined.
Close to the border with Haiti, Lake Enriquillo, the largest salt lake in the Caribbean, constitutes with Isla Cabritos a national park where you can observe among the cacti American crocodiles, giant iguanas and pink flamingos. The tour of the lake (76 km punctuated by numerous stops) deserves a day on a 76 km route punctuated by numerous stops at tourist sites.
The abundant vegetation of the Sierra de Bahoruco (2,100 m above sea level) is another local jewel, as is the beach of Bahia de las Aguilas (Eagles' Bay). Located in the Jaragua Park, in the middle of a cactus forest, this beach is considered the most beautiful and wildest on the island. 400 species of birds live on this site, which has remained intact since its discovery by the conquistadors. Here, every year, turtles come here to breed and lay eggs.
Another "local speciality", the region is home to one of the only two deposits in the world of Larimar (the other is located in the province of Verona in Italy), a semi-precious stone of a very soft and elegant light blue hue delicately veined.
The Hole of Pelempito: located at 1,500 m above sea level, this sub-tropical rainforest is one of the most beautiful protected places in the Caribbean. The park is home to 150 species of orchids and a great diversity of birds.
Barahona, 200 km from Santo Domingo, 10,000 inhabitants, is the main commercial port of the southwest. Coffee, sugar produced in the numerous cane plantations that stretch to Neiba, towards Lake Enriquillo, agricultural products, fish, salt and minerals are exported.
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