Lago Enriquillo Travel Guide

  • Standing on a small pier
    Standing on a small pier
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  • Marshes
    Marshes
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  • On the motor boat
    On the motor boat
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    by ValbyDK Updated Apr 6, 2014

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    Lago Enriquillo is located 50 km north-east of Barahona, and is part of the Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos, situated south-west of the Dominican Republic – close to the Haitian Border. The lake is located in an old marine strait - created around one million years ago – surrounded by the Neiba Mountains to the north and the Bahoruco Mountains to the south. Lago Enriquillo is the largest lake (42 km long and 12 km wide) of Hispaniola, and the lake contains 3 islands: Isla Barbarita, Islita and Isla Cabritos.

    Lago Enriquillo is a saltwater lake and is one of only a few saltwater lakes in the world inhabited by crocodiles. At the park entrance (4 km east of La Descubierta) you can join a boat tour and get close to the wildlife (besides crocodiles it is rhinoceros iguanas, flamingos, and other birds).

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Eco-Tourism

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    by HBUChip Written Jun 16, 2009

    We hired a guide to take us out on a motor boat. We passed by the flamingos, mangroves, and the crocodiles. We even got out and explored one of the marshes and saw the crocodiles up close!

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    by ChristinaNest Written Feb 20, 2006

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    This monument is on a small cross-road on the way to the lake. This great Taino gave the name to the whole area and the lake. His real name was Guarocuya and he was educated by the Spanish before he led the greatest Indian rebelllion against the colonizers which lasted about 4 years. That's why he was named Cacique (Taino word for ruler, chieftain).
    Sitting on the monument there were several men waiting for a ride or for a job. We gave a ride to an old man who was going to the near-by town hoping to get a job to support his family. This was a very poor area and on the road you could see many men walking with their machetes carrying fruit or sugar-cane for sale or for their own use. The roads were even worse than usual. We saw a pile of rubble and the man said that this used to be a strong stone bridge destroyed by a hurricane...

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    • National/State Park
    • Arts and Culture

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