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Palma Real

Pico Duarte, Dominican Republic
3087 m. above the sea level

Location: Dominican Republic

The highest mountain in the Caribbean
Climb it in just 3 days

Adventure traveller?

Try Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean (3087 meters above sea level). Caribation shows you the way, the pictures from our February 2010 trip, an shares some first-hand experience with you.

For reservations call Francisco Canela, an experienced guide, at 829 - 910 4943 (Spanish only). The closest town to the starting point is Jarabacoa. Spend a night in Hotel California there and take the last warm shower in three days to come.

Click on the photo with yellow map to view your route

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The climbing route to Pico Duarte
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The peak of Pico Duarte

FIRST DAY: from Ciénaga to La Compartición. Going up.

Day one: you rent guides and mules. Guide: 800 RD$, mule 350 RD$ per day. Stay overnight in the La Compartición. It will be cold, but probably above freezing.

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Starting point in Ciénaga
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The path is green in the lower part of the route
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Rafa - dominican guide, with the mules
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Packing the bags before the march
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Mules during the rest stop
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Mules will carry your baggage and you
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A picturesque canyon on the way
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caña brava grows in the lower parts of the way
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Drinking water from the creeks is safe
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A bridge to cross
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La Compartición hut, 2450 meters, at the end of the first day
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Warming up at the fire place

SECOND DAY: from La Compartición to the peak and back. Going up and then down.

Am zweiten Tag zum Gipfel wandern und zurück. Insgesamt 4 Stunden. Der einfachste Tag. Lagerfeuer machen, entspannen, die Natur geniessen. Wieder in das La Compartición schlafen

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Starting the second day before dawn (4:30 am)
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First rays of sun on the second day
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Last meters before the top
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Bust of Duarte and the dominican flag
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Mountaineer at Pico Duarte
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Mountaineer happy warming up at the fire place

THIRD DAY: La Compartición to Ciénaga. Going down.

On day three you descend. The same route as day one. The hardest day, 6 - 8 hours, stony way. Use the mules in the upper part.

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Happy tourist on the mule
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Quite stony paths expect you in the upper part of the route
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One of the creeks with drinking water supply
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Jump in - but mountain rivers are not a hot bath
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Typical view in the middle part of the route
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Hiking way in the middle of the route
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Tourist on the mule
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Rest stop under the tree
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Meeting the local peasant on the way
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The canyons too be walked on the way to the peak

Current prices (2015):

Guide: 600 RD$ per day
Mule to carry equipment: 400 RD$ per day
Mule to carry persons: 450 RD$ per day
Entry to the park: 100 RD$ per person

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