Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Collaborate with researchers at the Puntacana Center for Sustainability, helping monitor sea turtles and learning about sustainable agriculture initiatives.
  • Learn about the importance of mangroves to the country’s coastal ecosystems as you explore the Samaná Peninsula.
  • Visit one of the Caribbean’s largest coral restoration nurseries, and lend a hand collecting data for marine research projects.
  • Go white-water rafting on the island’s longest river, and swim in breathtaking lagoons in a private reserve.

Itinerary

Itinerary

The Dominican Republic welcomes more visitors annually than any other Caribbean nation, and local conservationists are working diligently to minimize the impacts of over-tourism. From your base at a coastal research facility, work alongside scientists on a variety of eco-service projects, from coral and sea turtle conservation to making compost. Spend time exploring the country’s misty highlands and remote beaches, and cap off your adventure in lively Santo Domingo.

Days 1-7: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Settle into your room at the Puntacana Center for Sustainability, dedicated to understanding—and solving—the social and environmental impacts of tourism in the Caribbean. Roll up your sleeves to help with mangrove reforestation, and learn firsthand about sustainable agriculture in the region, from beekeeping to aquaponics. Hear about sea turtle conservation from a local expert, and visit one of the largest coral restoration gardens in the Caribbean. Then travel to the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve for a swim in its turquoise lagoons, and visit a local iguana habitat.

Days 8-10: Jarabacoa

Venture into the Cordillera Central, the highest mountain range in the Caribbean. Spend two days in the crisp mountain air, enjoying home-cooked Dominican meals. Visit a fair-trade coffee cooperative to learn how the popular brew is produced, from bean to cup. Spend your free time hiking misty trails and discovering sparkling waterfalls; and wind down the frothy waters of the Yaque del Norte River on a rafting trip with professional guides.

Days 11-13: Samaná Peninsula

Travel east to the Samaná Peninsula, where palm trees outnumber people and humpback whales come to mate and calf. Lend a hand on a permaculture project, learning about sustainable farming, renewable energy practices, and the importance of living in harmony with nature. Tour the area’s mangrove channels by boat, and discuss the ecology of these vital tropical swamps. During the evenings, explore the beaches and coastal groves around our eco-lodge, or take a dip in the inviting Caribbean waters.

Days 14-15: Santo Domingo

Round off your trip in colorful Santo Domingo—a Spanish colonial city that marks the spot of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. Get a taste of Dominican culture and history as we stroll through bustling markets and cobblestoned streets, and brush up your dance moves during an outdoor bachata lesson. Gather for a final meal and share stories of our time in the Dominican Republic before returning home.