The spectacular central location of Rancho Platón will allow you to visit a wide variety of surrounding communities, allowing you to visit a different place each day.
All excursions are operated by Eco-Tour Barahona, a tour operator focused on eco-tourism in the southern Dominican Republic.
Rates 2013-2014 (minimum 2 people)
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The “seat in” tour rates are described in the next table. For private tours rates, please contact us or send us all the information by email.
All tours include:
-Transport in minibus
-Guide (English, French, Spanish)
-Sodas during the day
-Typical Caribean lunch
-Free access to the parks
Some of the excursions we offer are: Las Águilas Bay, Hoyo de Pelempito, Los Patos Beach, Lake Enriquillo, Magnetic Pole, Lagoon Oviedo, Lagoon Rincón, Larimar Mine, Salt Mine, Marble Mine, Cachote, Neyba Grape Plantation and thermal sulfur waters.
This bay is located at the Jaragua National Park and displays the most beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic. These powder-like white sandy beaches with their crystal waters amaze their visitors over and over. Las Águilas was declared by UNESCO as World Reserve of the biosphere and the government received a certificate accrediting it as a world class ecological area. During spawning seasons, here you can watch a tortoise come in and lay eggs every year. This beach is known worldwide as a "virgin beach" since it is in the middle of a national park and for this reason its waters are totally pollution free.
Traveling time: 2 hours.
This is the largest lake in the Caribbean and the only one in the world located 40 meters below sea level. Its salinity level is three time higher than the one found in the sea. This lake has the Cabritos Island and two more small islands called La Islita and Barbarita.
Here you can find a type of native crocodile and a large iguana population which dwell the surroundings of the lake. You can also see flamingoes, herons and many more attractions.
On the north side of Lake Enriquillo, on a rocky hill, there is "Las Caritas" Cave, one of the most impressive sites of the world, from where you can see almost the entire lake and where you can find numerous rock engravings from the Native Americans Christopher Columbus found upon his arrival at America.
Traveling time: 3 hours.
This lagoon belongs to the Jaragua National Park and is an important part for the preservation of birds. There is great bird diversity, different endangered species of the island, for types of mangrove forests, and impressive views. This ride is done on small wooden boats (yolas) sailing around the lagoon.
Travel time: 40 minutes.
Located between the townships of Las Auyamas and Polo, here you can watch your car mysteriously go up the hill with the motor off and without anybody pushing it. This is an optical illusion know as the "Gravity Hill" caused by the slope of the hill and the surrounding landscape.
Travel time: 1 hour.
Cachote is a small town inhabited by only 30 families settled on the Remigio hill, some 1300 meters above sea level. These families live without power or piping, and they make a living only out of four commercial activities: growing coffee, reforestation, growing cattle and ecotourism. This is the perfect place for camping and walking on trails in a tropical rain forest.
Travel time: 45 minutes.
It is found in a municipality of Barahona called Vicente Noble. These are travertine marble reserves. Travertine is a natural stone made of carbonate resulting from the thermal changes in limestone. This material is very useful in the building industry and for decoration purposes, and its use for indoor home decorations is growing amazingly.
Travel time: 1 hour and a half.
It is located on the south portion of the Valley of Neyba. This salt and gypsum hill has an extension of about 21 km2 and is made of several layers of salt and gypsum, combined with soft clay slate beds. These layers were formed by the evaporation processes resulting from the superficial briny waters. In the community of Salinas, the reservation of gypsum is estimated in 800 million metric tons and 70 million tons of Rock Salt, which makes it the second largest deposit in all Latin America.
Travel time: 1 hour and a half.
Larimar has become an icon of Dominican identity since this is the only place in the world where Larimar can be found. Its attractive color as well as its hardness, shine, and ease to be polished, make this stone an excellent jewelry material. Larimar's personality is assured, since this unique variety is not found anywhere else in the world.
Travel time: 1 hour.
Neyba grapes, of the Aramon variety, for some time had the undeserved reputation of not being good for "wine or table purposes ". They used to say this grape was sour, because it was not usually allowed to ripe appropriately, but now it is widely known it can have high-brix clusters (up to 23 degrees) and that the grains left behind after thinning concentrate better their properties and obtain better size. With the assistance of Dominican, French, Italian, Spanish and Argentinean oenologists, we discovered special properties of our grapes, which make them unique, to provide us with an equally unique wine, with great body, aroma and flavor.
Travel time: 2 hours.
These waters are located in Canoa, Barahona and are known for their blue color and strong sulfur smell, and their warm waters can go up to 42 Celsius degrees. This place is enjoyed by hundreds of visitors who come for their curative properties and renewing balm of this relaxing environment. Sulfur content of these waters is especially favorable for skin diseases, rheumatism, and stress.
Travel time: 1 hour.
From its Visitors Center, this 700 meter depression allows visitors to enjoy one of the most impressive views of the entire country. It is said it was created after the sinking of a mountain, or a coral bank emerging from the ocean. We dare call it our Colorado Great Cannon.
Travel time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Rancho Platón has many neighboring beaches. The rivers of the area end in these beaches and create the perfect combination for every different preference: those who like surfing or those who prefer a relaxing bath at the beach or river.
Los Patos: 20 minutes.
San Rafael: 30 minutes.
Quemaito: 40 minutes.
This lagoon is located 20 kilometers away from the coast of Barahona and is about 65 km2 in size which includes tropical dry forest. This lagoon is said to be the remains of the former marine channel located at the Hoya de Enriquillo, and is to this day the largest natural fresh water wetland of the Hispaniola Island. The Cabral Lagoon o Rincón Lagoon, as a wildlife haven, serves as habitat for 117 bird species. It has 7 amphibian species and 36 reptile species, including the Rhinoceros Iguana, the world's largest population of fresh water turtle, and at least 13 fish species. There are also about 61 flora families, represented by over 194 species. Among the highlights of the flora are the Cagüey cactus and the Red Carnation. This lagoon is very important from the economic point of view and that is why in 1983 it was declared a protected area.
Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
This is the first wind farm in the Dominican Republic and is located between the communities of Juancho and Los Cocos, on the border between the provinces of Barahona and Pedernales in the south-west of Dominican Republic.
It is a $90 million dollars investment and it consists in 14 units of wind turbines that will save the country an estimated $20 millions dollars in fuel each year. The project developers are Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM) and Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina (EGE Haina).
With this wind farm, the Dominican Republic is located in the map of countries that have committed to the development of alternative energy sources to be environmentally friendly and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It is estimated that these turbines will reduce over 90.000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Wind power is the most viable of all types of alternative energies and because the country is located in an island, it supports their implementation.
The minute you arrive at Rancho Platón you will live one adventure after the other and you will feel you are in an ¡Earthly Paradise!.