Jaragua National Park
Dominican Republic Southwest
At more than 560 square miles in the southwest region of Barahona, Jaragua not only is the largest of the national parks but also has one of the country’s largest bird populations.
The park also a large number of caverns with pre-Columbian pictographs, petroglyphs and 11 species of resident bats.
One animal in particular to seek out is the endemic Jaragua gecko, a tiny reptile measuring only 1.6 centimeters long and not discovered until 1998.