CARS: It is possible to follow the main itinerary in a regular car,( maybe not the very low slung ones.). The exceptions are Zapoten and Cachote, where 4x4 is ESSENTIAL.

Zapoten: There are pick-up trucks available for rental in Puerto Escondido, for $125 with driver.

Cachote: I have been using the services of Eco-tour Barahona, They have a variety of vehicles and prices based on the number of passengers.

The short morning trip for the Eastern Chat-tanager is best booked through their office.

GAS: At the time of writing gas is $5 a gallon. Averaging $60 a day. Some stations take credit cards and others expect cash.

FOOD: Dinner is included at Villa Barrancoli for the $45 per night, per person price. Tour participants usually have breakfast and lunch as picnics in the field and the guide will stop at a market on the way here to get supplies. Those meals may be ordered for an additional $15 per day. Use of the kitchen is always possible.

HOTELS: Santo Domingo: Please check web sites for current prices 
                                                                                                                                                              Hotel Palacio, is my first choice. It is a attractive building from the Colonial period….and located in the Colonial Zone, within walking distance of the important historical sites like the Cathedral, as well as many restaurants. I suggest booking by internet, as they offer a discount for this. Phone Number: 809-682-4730

There are many less expensive options in the same area. I will make the reservations for the other hotels.


Barahona Area Hotel:

Hotel El Quemaito 10 km west of Barahona. This will be our base for the days on the south side of the Sierra. (809-649-7631)


Hostal Doña Chava A possible change of itinerary may include a stay in Pedernales. (809-524-0332)

Los Haitises:

Hotel Paraiso Caño Hondo This will be our base for the trip to see the Ridgway’s hawk. (809-696-3710)


Tody Tours guide fee $250.
Villa Barrancoli guide fee, our local expert Rafael Polanco
Zapoten day $150
La Placa…$50
Rabo de Gato trail 150
Night birding..$50
Los Haitises, owl and hawk..$100 local guide





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