The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. Dominican Republic’s diverse geography includes tropical rain forests, coral reefs, mangrove swamps, whitewater rivers, waterfalls, impressive mountain ranges, deserts, saltwater lakes and miles of white sand beaches. Both the highest and lowest points in the Caribbean are located in the country, with Pico Duarte at 10,319 feet, and the saltwater Lake Enriquillo at 139 feet below sea level.

Participants will be enchanted with the varied architecture, colonial museums, vast natural areas and varied ecosystems. Whether visiting the Samaná Bay humpback whale breeding ground, exploring ruins over 500 years old, or watching the national sport of baseball, you will have numerous opportunities to experience Dominican culture while abroad.


Known as the “Heart City” of this sunny Caribbean country, Santiago is the cultural and commercial center of the fertile Cibao Valley region. Surrounded by mountains, Santiago is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast, but offers a vibrant host of activities for city lovers as well. It is within easy travel proximity of many of the Dominican Republic’s most sought after tourist locations, but retains its unique Dominican character.

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