By Fe Lisa Bencosme Clark Norton

Путеводитель по Доминиканской Республике из серии Hunter go back and forth courses (на английском языке). В объемном издании представлена вся самая нужная, полезная и интересная информация об этом тропическом государстве. Здесь вы найдете сведения из истории страны, ее государственном устройстве, экономике, климате, флоре и фауне, культуре и обычаях. Большой раздел путеводителя посвящен информации практического характера: документам, необходимым для посещения Доминиканы, планированию поездки, вопросам размещения в отелях и общественного питания. В издании также представлены подробные сведения о столице страны - Санто Доминго и различных регионах государства, краткий англо-испанский разговорник и географические карты.

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January and February are the coolest months, when it can get quite chilly at night, even along the coast. n Rainfall Rather than changes in temperature, the major seasonal variation between summer and winter tends to be in the amount of rainfall. In most of the country, including Santo Domingo and the Caribbean coast, May through November is the rainy season, with May and November the wettest months. The dry season generally runs from December through April, with March the driest. ) “Rainy” and “dry” seasons can be misleading, however.

N © 2005 HUNTER PUBLISHING, INC. 14 Geography Diverse Terrain n 15 Most of the rural population still makes its living from subsistence farming. State-owned sugar plantations provide the major agricultural export. Other important crops include corn, rice, cotton, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, and fruit. Key natural resources include nickel, gold, silver, and bauxite. n Diverse Terrain The country has some of the most varied terrain in the Caribbean, including the region’s highest point (Pico Duarte, 10,128 feet, 3,087 meters) and its lowest point, Lake Enriquillo, which averages more than 140 feet (44 meters) below sea level.

Access to the park is via San Francisco de Macorís. Reserva Científica Valle Nuevo This protected alpine forest situated on a high plateau near Constanza in the Cordillera Central is noted for a stone pyramid marking the exact center of Hispaniola, and also as the source of two of the DR’s biggest rivers, the Yuna and the Nizao. It’s known for good bird-watching and a wide variety of vegetation, now recovering from a devastating forest fire in 1983; species endemic to Hispaniola include Creole pines and Dominican magnolias.

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