Local October 2, 2022 | 11:19 am

Sustainable tourism in Cibao

Santiago, R.D.

The experience of knowing, living, and enjoying every moment, appreciating the landscape, and being with the family, is no longer just part of the list; increasingly, tourists are demanding destinations that are friendly to the planet and promote good practices for the care and respect for the environment.

More frequently, both destinations and tourists immerse themselves in living experiences that generate less impact on natural resources, not to mention the level of demand at the time of vacation; not luxury, but simple, minimalist, and ecotourism spaces, for example, sustainable, comfortable and one hundred percent natural places, which do not harm the environment.

In a tour of the northern area, we have identified, among others, two destinations that have focused on creating unique experiences through their sustainable projects, which contribute to the preservation of natural resources and the enrichment of the relationship between the destination and the inhabitants of the environment.

Both places are located between the mountains, encouraging ecotourism and inviting you to disconnect to reconnect, rest and enjoy the greenery of the landscape. The first is Sereno de la Montaña, located in Moca, Espaillat province. Its existence is possible thanks to the Association for the Development of the Espaillat Province and the Jamao River Basin Management Committee, entities that set their sights on creating a destination that would involve the surrounding communities and catapult the province as a tourist destination.

This place provides different ecotourism services and has won awards such as Atabey in the Ecotourism category.

Looking at another sustainable destination in a town known as Altamira in Puerto Plata is Chocolate Mountain. Again, the tourist point was concerned with building its spaces based on materials of sustainable origin. Here, tourists have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a holistic experience with nature. It is an ideal space for glamping. On this farm, visitors have had the experience of knowing cocoa and tobacco, tasting Cimarrona beer, and having lunch in a wood-fired Sancocho with ingredients grown in the same enclosure.

Living unique experiences with loved ones, appreciating nature, and taking care of the planet, all at the same time, without a doubt, the north offers it. Sources: @chocomtn and @serenodelamontana

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