By Fe Lisa Bencosme Clark Norton

Путеводитель по Доминиканской Республике из серии Hunter commute 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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Most of the country’s major rivers have their headwaters in the Cordillera Central. The most important, the 184-mile-long Yaque del Norte, rises near Pico Duarte at an altitude of nearly 8,500 feet and runs west through the Cibao Valley till it empties into the Bahía de Montecristi on the northwest coast. The second most important river is the 114-mile-long Yaque del Sur, which rises to nearly 9,000 feet in the southern Cordillera Central and runs to the Bahía de Neyba on the southern coast. South of the Cordillera Central lie two smaller and drier but still muscular mountain ranges, which make up much of the southwestern portion of the country.

Hispaniolan woodpecker (Melanerpes striatus), also called carpintero. This endemic species is found throughout the island. Narrow-billed tody (Todus angustirostris), or chiqui, and the broad-billed tody (Todus subulatus), or barrancoli. These two species, found only in the DR, are members of a family that’s endemic to the Caribbean. The narrow-billed tody is bright green with white breast and favors the southwestern mountains. The broad-billed tody lives in the lowlands. Water Birds Around the island’s lakes and lagoons and along the coast (especially the offshore islands, river deltas, and mangrove swamps), you’ll find common but picturesque shorebirds such as flamingos, blue herons, great egrets, American frigate birds, brown pelicans, and glossy ibis.

Did you inadvertently tell the taxi driver (in your best broken Spanish) to come back later, when you meant to say you’d be right back? While we can’t begin to explain all the complexities of Dominican culture and society here, we can provide a few tips to help you move around with confidence and enhance your stay in the country. n Language The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish. ) In the tourism sectors, however, you’ll find that many Dominicans speak English. In fact, you may find that your waiter also speaks French, German, and Italian – a testament to the diverse nationalities that visit (and sometimes settle in) the country.

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