Top spectacular natural landmarks of the world (P.433) Los Haitises: The karst masterpiece of mother nature

04-02-2024

(wcsa.world) The north-east of the Dominican Republic is dominated by the magnificent Bay of Samaná, a unique place where all Mother Nature’s magic is on display. From the annual migration of the humpback whales to the extraordinary rock formations that appear to float on the surface of the sea, and including some of the most striking virgin beaches in the country, this place offers one surprise after another. And it is here, in the south-western tip of the bay, where you will find the Los Haitises National Park, a privileged setting which demonstrates the wealth of this genuine wonder of nature.

Los Haitises National Park is a national park located on the remote northeast coast of the Dominican Republic that was established in 1976. It consists of a limestone karst plateau with conical hills, sinkholes and caverns, and there is a large area of mangrove forest on the coast.

 

The area was formed during the Miocene epoch of the Neogene period. Geomorphologically, it is a platform karst with dense clusters of conical hills of nearly uniform height (200–300 m or 660–980 ft) in between which there are many sinkholes. The maximum dimensions of this platform karst block are 82 km east to west by 26 km north to south. The hills of the interior have the same origin as the islets of the Samaná Bay.

 

Los Haitises National Park contains spectacular landscapes like the San Lorenzo Bay, the islets (keys), and the mangroves. The Cayo de los Pájaros ("bird key"), which is conspicuous for the virtually continuous presence of frigatebirds and pelicans circling low overhead, sits between the Boca del Infierno ("Mouth of Hell") and El Naranjo Arriba. Cupey is the dominant tree species and birds fill its horizontal branches. The wild banyantree and tropical almond is the other park trees.

 

Apart from its indisputable wealth, this great National Park is also an ideal place to discover the rich (both present-day and pre-Hispanic) cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic Places such as Sabana de la Mar show the modern charm of the Dominican Republic, but in nearly 100 caves scattered throughout the Park, you can discover the country’s largest collection of prehistoric paintings, an invaluable legacy of ancient, pre-Columbian civilizations.

 

Los Haitises National Park is a protected virgin forest with little road access. The number of tourists allowed is limited. Now, the park has become a popular ecotourism destination, attracting visitors who are interested in exploring its natural beauty, observing wildlife, and learning about the cultural heritage preserved in the caves. Boat tours, hiking trails, and bird watching are among the activities available for tourists within the park.

 

According to the Internet


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