Climbing on the highest peak in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, is one of the major attractions of a visit to Jose del Carmen Ramirez National Park in the Dominican Republic. Birdwatchers will be delighted to encounter a variety of endemic bird species, such as the Hispaniolan parrot, White-winged warblers, Green-tailed warbler, Antillean siskin, Hispaniolan woodpecker, Palm chat and many more.
The parks have no roads, but there are spectacular trails with simple cabins attracting hikers from around the world. Having a local guide is compulsory. Helpful ranger stations are near the start of five major trails—at La Cienaga, Sabaneta, Mata Grande, Las Lagunas and Constanza. There is a tourist information point in nearby Jarabacoa.