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Cotubanamá National Park, under protection since 1975 through decree 1311, would impact in such a way the ecosystem of the southeast region of the Dominican Republic.
Name was officially changed on October 8, 2014, by the Dominican National Congress supervised by the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, previously it was called Parque Nacional del Este.
It is one of the largest protected areas in the country, where the magic of nature, white sand beaches, and where one of the most important hiking forests in the country exists.
Cotubanamá Fauna and Flora
Important to know Cotubanamá National Park has in its Management Plan 2014-2018, it occupies an area of 791 square kilometers (including its marine area), it stretches from the vicinity of Bayahibe to Boca de Yuma and includes Saona Island among others.
In the case of Terrestrial Fauna 300 species of invertebrates, 175 of birds, 31 of reptiles, 4 of fish, 7 of amphibians, and 7 mammals have been reported. Within the marine fauna: 4 species of dolphins, the humpback whale, the sperm whale, the manatee, and 4 species of turtles, these are the inventoried species, Guerrero points out, “but new species are discovered every day thanks to scientific studies.”
What can you do and see in Cotubanamá?
Visitors will be able to hike through the mainland, which will take them, through trails of varying difficulty, to a lot of caves and springs. You can also do bird watching.
On the coast, you will find numerous diving and snorkeling sites full of coral reefs and underwater walls full of marine life. Also Land, the park’s sparkling beaches, particularly those on Isla Saona, are the country’s most important turtle nesting site. Cotubanamá National Park is the most visited of the Dominican protected areas, with around 1.3 million visits per year.