By Fe Liza Bencosme, Clark Norton
All-color consultant, with 1000's of pictures and maps. The authors, one in every of whom is a Dominican Republic local, proportion their intimate wisdom of this island kingdom. Virgin shores, 16th-century Spanish ruins, the Caribbean's optimum mountain, unique natural world and gigantic woodland reserves will entice you right here. And this publication will express you round. colossal element at the tradition, the historical past, the ideals of the folks (how they relate to each other and to you) plus the economic system and politics, so that you should be excess of an off-the-cuff vacationer. Diving, mountain climbing, flora and fauna, parks, excursions, getting round, carnivals and celebrations, providers, purchasing, all are coated intimately. lodgings run the gamut from luxurious inns to bare-bones tenting amenities. The authors suggest areas to devour, too, together with roadside shacks promoting neighborhood food. Descriptions of the easiest nightlife in each city, from Sosua to Santo Domingo and the tiny cities in among. Over 20 city and neighborhood maps plus colour all through.
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Also watch for such colorful trees as scarlet-flowered flamboyants (royal poincianas), white-and-purpleflowered jacarandas, and dark-green and golden star apples. n FAUNA LAND MAMMALS Most of the more than 30 species of mammals that inhabit the land today – including cows, pigs, boars, horses, mules, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, rats, and mice – arrived with European colonizers, starting about five centuries ago. No large native wild animals roam the DR, though you may encounter wild boar, horses, and goats in the high valleys of the Cordillera Central.
While most of the country’s virgin forests have fallen to the lumberman’s axe for timber or to open up land for growing crops and raising livestock, secondary-growth forests still cover nearly 30% of the country, with the largest tracts in the central mountains (now protected within Armando Bermúdez and Carmen Ramírez national parks). In the high mountains, Creole pines predominate. In the lower mountains and valley slopes, lush subtropical forests are most common, characterized Coconut palm. by Hispaniolan mahogany, American muskwood, West Indian cedar, and several varieties of palm trees, as well as many types of ferns and bromeliads.
The lush vegetation of the mountains and much of the eastern half of the country contrasts sharply with the large areas of arid semi-desert terrain that occupies much of the western part, epitomized by cacti, scrub trees, and low shrubs. The coastlines, in turn, are home to a number of red, white, and button mangrove swamps, which provide protection for birds and marine life. Stands of coconut palms line many of the beaches. Introduction n FLORA 32 n Flora & Fauna NOTABLE TREES Royal palm. Once endangered due to uncontrolled cutting for house construction, the royal palm is now officially protected in the Dominican Republic and often planted for ornamentation.
Adventure Guide: Dominican Republic, 5th Edition (Hunter Travel Guides) by Fe Liza Bencosme, Clark Norton