Jarabacoa is the biggest town in the municipality of La Vega, located 700 meters above the Cordillera Central mountain range in the Dominican Republic. This region, known as the Dominican Alps, offers a magnificent landscape of pine trees and tropical forest, which will delight lovers of mountain sports, such as climbing, rafting, kayaking, canyoneering, horseback riding and hiking, in addition to being the starting point for expeditions to Pico Duarte, the highest point in the Caribbean.
Three rivers flow through Jarabacoa: the Baiguate, the Jimenoa and the Yaque del Norte. This, coupled with the fact that the temperatures vary between 16°C and 22°C all year round (it is not known as the “city of the eternal spring” for nothing), has boosted the practice of all river-related activities, but the main one is rafting. The descent down the level 2 rapids is one of the most popular excursions among visitors, who enjoy a genuine adventure through the rapids and the canyons, around the bends and dodging the rocks of any of the rivers.
There are many agencies that organize these types of excursions, and so it is important to look for the one best adapted to conditions and expectations of each person. Usually, the descent starts from the towns close to Jarabacoa and ends in the city with lunch, but every excursion has its own conditions and route.
Bear in mind: The decline in rafting is an activity that does not require very demanding physical conditioning but minimum state of fitness is necessary. Since the full range of safety measures are offered (helmet, life vest, etc.), children are usually able to take part without any problem.
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