4 Days / 3 Nights

Map of our tour "Mountain hike to Pico Duarte"

Mountain hike to Pico Duarte – Rooftop of the Caribbean 4 Days / 3 Nights

Climb the highest mountain in the Caribbean, a one-of-a-kind adventure for all mountain lovers and hikers. The Dominican Republic is the most mountainous island of the larger Antilles. Four mountain ranges cross the island from the northwest to the southeast. The “Cordillera Central” is the largest with over 155 miles length and 37 miles width. The Pico Duarte with its 3098 meters (10,127 feet) is the highest peak of this mountain range and of the entire Caribbean. During this mountain tour of several days, you discover a unique natural landscape which presents itself in a fascinating manner, passing through several climate zones. Start hiking through tropical landscapes, then advance into pine trees and denser forest. Walk along crystal clear mountain rivers and eventually reach the rocky summit. A special hike in any case!

Day 1: Santo Domingo – Valle del Tetero

Early in the morning you will be picked up and taken to Constanza, a town surrounded by the mountains of the Dominican Republic, located 4,101 feet above sea level, the highest elevated town in the whole Caribbean.
From Constanza you continue in a 4 x 4 jeep until reaching the national park “José del Carmen Ramírez”, where the hiking tour to Pico Duarte starts. After hiking approximately 5 to 6 hours, you reach the visitor center “Valle del Tetero”, where you will spend the first night.

Meals: Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Center of visitors “Valle del Tetero”

Beautiful scenery in the Cordillera Central

Beautiful scenery in the Cordillera Central

Hiking through the Cordillera Central and to PIco Duarte

Hiking to Pico Duarte

Day 2: Valle del Tetero – Valle Lilís

In the morning you resume your hike and after several hours you will come across the spring “Agüita Fría” (cold water) at an altitude of 8,694 feet. This is the highest spring of the Caribbean, which is the source of the river “Río Yaque del Sur”. Now you are closer to the mountain chain of the Pico Duarte. You cross the mountain crest of Loma Rusilla and enjoy the beautiful view. A little later you arrive at the mountain cabin called “La Compartición”, located at an altitude of 8,038 feet, where you stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Center of visitors “Valle de Lilís”

Spring of "Agüita Fría" on the way to Pico Duarte

Spring of “Agüita Fría” on the way to Pico Duarte

Magnificent natural landscape in the Cordillera Central

Magnificent natural landscape in the Cordillera Central

Day 3: Pico Duarte

After breakfast it’s only a short distance until you reach the highest point of the Dominican Republic and the whole Caribbean: Pico Duarte! Spend some time on the peak to admire the beautiful landscape and enjoy a marvelous panoramic view.
Late in the afternoon, you arrive back at the small cabin of “Valle del Tetero”, where you spend the third night.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Center of visitors “Valle del Tetero”

The Cordillera Central is a perfect spot for camping

Hiking to the peak of Pico Duarte.

Spectacular view over the Cordillera Central

Spectacular view over the Cordillera Central

Day 4: Yaquecillo – Santo Domingo

On the way back to Constanza you make a stop at the mountain river Yaquecillo, where you have earned a refreshing swim to get reenergized. Towards the evening, you will be brought back to Santo Domingo where where your holidays continue.

Meals: Breakfast

The Cordillera Central is the mountain range in the Dominican Republic

The Cordillera Central is the mountain range in the Dominican Republic

Exploring the Cordillera Central with a rental car

Leaving the Cordillera Central

The trip includes:

– Private transfer from Santo Domingo to Constanza (return), (shared transfer if booking a shared tour)
– Accommodation mentioned in the program (either in tents or in shared mountain huts)
– All meals mentioned in the itinerary as “Meals included”
– One English speaking guide (not inlcuded in shared tour)
– Mules to carry the luggage
– Entry to the park
– Tents
– Sleeping bags
– Isolating sleeping pad
– Certificate of participation
– Helpdesk

The trip does NOT include:

– Personal expenditure
– Tips
– All meals, snacks and drinks not included in the program

Private Tour, prices per person start from:

  • 1468 USD when booking for one person
  • 885 USD when booking for two persons
  • 641 USD when booking for three persons
  • 518 USD when booking for four persons

Please note:
The Private Tour includes one private English speaking guide.
Please enquire for a detailed quote according to your travel dates or if an English speaking guide is not needed!

Shared Tour, prices per person start from 308 USD:
Shared tours will take place on the following dates if a minimum of 10 participants will attend. Dates are subject to availability.

  • 06-Jan 2017 – 09-Jan 2017
  • 27-Jan 2017 – 30-Jan 2017
  • 24-Feb 2017 – 27-Feb 2017
  • 13-Apr 2017 – 16-Apr 2017
  • 28-Apr 2017 – 01-May 2017
  • 15-Jun 2017 – 18-Jun 2017
  • 11-Aug 2017 – 14-Aug 2017
  • 22-Dec 2017 – 25-Dec 2017

Please note:
The Shared Tour includes a Spanish speaking guide. If you require an English speaking guide please enquire for a detailed quote.

Recommended list of baggage to bring to Pico Duarte:
Water bottle, small personal backpack, 1 plastic slicker, 2 sweatshirts, 1 flashlight, 1 set of batteries for the flashlight, 1 aluminum soup plate, 1 set of cutlery (spoon, knife, fork), 1 first aid kit (plasters, sticking plaster, Tylenol, etc.), also small snacks as candy, mints, condensed milk, jam, crackers)

Recommended apparel:
4 long pants, 2 shorts, 2 swimsuits, 4 shirts, 2 polo shirts, 5 underwear, 6 pair of socks, 2 bobble caps, 1 pair of trainers, 1 pair of boots, 1 pair of gloves, 2 thick coats, 1 wool cap, 1 bonnet

Sanitary articles:
Soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, towels, deodorant, comb, toilet paper

Tuck the entire luggage in a large backpack or a bundle, not in a suitcase. To protect your clothes from rain and other weather conditions, squeeze your personal luggage in a plastic bag before storing it in the backpack.

Physical conditions to climb the Pico Duarte:
– You have to be between 14 years and 60 years
– Do not suffer from high blood pressure or any kind of heart disease
– Do not suffer from diabetes and obesity
– Do not suffer from asthma
– Do not have or had problems with the spine
– Do not be pregnant

Map of our tour "Mountain hike to Pico Duarte"

Map of our tour “Mountain hike to Pico Duarte”

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A perfect sunset in the Dominican Republic