Dominican Republic pays to responsible tourism with multiple proposals
The different regions of the country have excursions, accommodations and natural sites that reconcile the respect for the environment
With numerous proposals that guarantee visitors rest and fun combined with the care of the environment and the preservation of the identity of the communities, the Dominican Republic bets on responsible tourism, a trend that increasingly charges more strength in the whole world.
"Our country has important natural and cultural riches and we are committed to the challenge of satisfying travelers' wishes by making efficient use of our resources while preserving our benefits," says Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor at the Ministry of Tourism. of the Dominican Republic (MITUR). "Every year more tourists are encouraged to plan their vacations with proposals and activities that have the added value of sustainability."
The World Tourism Organization (WTO) defines sustainable, or responsible, tourism as "tourism that fully takes into account the current and future economic, social and environmental impacts to meet the needs of visitors, industry, the environment and the host communities. " It is a tourism that reconciles the economic growth with the social inclusion, the environmental protection and the care of the cultural and natural patrimonies.
The Dominican Republic has 128 protected areas throughout its territory -including 15 natural reserves, 31 national parks and 31 national monuments- and a diversity of ecosystems that make it unique in the Caribbean. Coral reefs, mangroves, lagoons, dry forests, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches offer multiple proposals and adventures to make in close contact with the environment, always under the spirit of caring for the environment.
Jarabacoa, located in the mountainous center of the country, is recognized as "the cradle of ecotourism". The wide range of proposals offered ranges from traveling the sustainable coffee plantations by getting in touch with local communities, an exit route to reach the famous Pico Duarte, rafting on the Baiguate River and other adventurous encounters such as mountain biking. and canyoning.
In the vicinity of the Yaque del Norte River there are sustainable eco-managed community housing. Some produce electricity with the use of river water, make their own water treatment and offer meals made with meat and vegetables that the inhabitants of the area produce organically.