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Lake Enriquillo (Lago Enriquillo)

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Lake Enriquillo (Lago Enriquillo)

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Provincia Independencia, Municipio de la Descubierta. Republica Dominicana, 83000 Dominican Republic
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Belkys H wrote a review Aug 2020
Toronto, Canada23 contributions2 helpful votes
Lake Enriquillo is a beautiful, hot, and magic spot in the southwest of the Dominican Republic. It is the largest and most hypersaline lake in the Caribbean. The water in the lake can reach hypersaline levels up to 66% higher than sea water. It was previously called Lake Xaragua (Jaragua) after the Taino chiefdom in which it was located. The Lake was formed 10 million years ago when the north island, which was the area toward the Sierra the Neiba’s and the south island, which included Sierra del Bahoruco, le Massif de la Selle, and the Tiburon Peninsula in today Haiti - joined as result of earth movement that formed the Hispaniola island (see photo No. 2). Although arid and harsh, the area is rich in wildlife. Among the fauna: the American flamingos, 61 other species of birds, three species of fishes, and American crocodiles. The Ricord’s and rhinoceros iguana are endemic species. The iguanas are the most welcoming of all the inhabitants in the area. The flora is 10 % endemic and includes cacti, bayahonda, cambrón, guayacán, baitoa, cayucos, melón espinos, and many other species. The journey to the Lake is as exciting as the destination. In our way we cross cities and small towns – San Cristobal, Bani, Azua, Tamayo, Galvan, Neiba, Postrer Rio, Los Rios, Villa Jaragua. During a big part of the trip, the majestic an imposing Sierra del Bahoruco made us company. The physical environment around the Lake is captivating and the sensation of being in a special place is worth the trip. References: National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, Parque Nacional Lago Enriquillo e Isla Cabritos.
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Date of experience: March 2020
josephzebley wrote a review Feb 2020
Elkton, Maryland104 contributions56 helpful votes
Lago Enriquillo is a land locked salt water lake that is slowly rising and flooding the surrounding agricultural land and even some towns. At 47 meters below sea level it is the lowest point in the Caribbean. It features the highest population of salt water crocodiles in the Caribbean. There is an island one can visit and there are endangered Iguanas in the National Park. Up on the cliffs above the lake are petroglyphs dating back to the days of the Arawak and Taino people and perhaps even earlier. Lots of coral fossils, the lake is in a rift valley along a slip fault that starts at the eastern end of Jamaica and ends in the middle of the D.R. A four to six hour drive from Santo Domingo it is not worth the trip unless you are a student of geology or of D.R. national parks. Few tourist accommodations in the towns of Los Rios, La Descubierta, or Jimani. so just be aware.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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yz1991 wrote a review Feb 2019
403 contributions63 helpful votes
saw many iguanas here, visited as part of tour from Santo Domingo. I am not sure I should recommend it as part of the itinerary, as the tour around the lake and then going to Pedernales is brutal. 6am-9pm in the minibus.
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Date of experience: January 2019
Oscar D wrote a review Jan 2019
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic223 contributions32 helpful votes
Even when, as of January 2019 you cannot reach anymore Isla Cabritos, there is still the chance to take a boat guided visit. There such nice scenes with the trees, Iguanas and Lizards. Also try touring around the lake starting with Monumento Natural Las Marías, Las Caritas, Balneario Las Barias and Balneario La Zurza.
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Date of experience: January 2019
MD_T0urist wrote a review Jun 2018
Atlanta, Georgia214 contributions145 helpful votes
We came to the famous Lake Enriquillo after the infamous 160+ speed bumps only to find that 1) many boats no longer go to Isla Cabritos (which we did not know) because the lake has expanded (which we knew), 2) as a result you will only see the rhino iguana (literally at the entrance, which you can see in Parque Jaragua) but not the red-eyed blue iguana (which you can’t see anywhere else), 3) flamingos have left. There were a handful of crocodiles and birds, but definitely not worth the horrific drive there and back. If you are in the area, go to Parque Nacional Jaragua instead.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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