The biggest thing that I took away from this hike, was the urgency of the climate change crisis. It was heartbreaking to see, first-hand, the effects of climate change and political corruption on the Armando Bermúdez National Park .The path was dry, extremely hot and most sources of water…dry. Not only did this affect our comfort throughout the walk but served as a glimpse of what is coming if we do not, as humans, as a collective, make drastic changes to reverse climate change.
There is no doubt, from experts, that climate change is behind the drought affecting the island. The Dominican Republic is a developing country and too many communities are completely vulnerable and unprotected from the ravaging effects of a lack of water and changing weather patterns.
If you are looking to do this hike, please ask your organizers how they commit to reducing the environmental impact of such a trip. We saw other groups using disposable cutlery, which is not only tacky, but also inexcusable since the camping site has spaces for cleaning reusable cutlery.
Saving water is essential in all aspects of human life. Our sister business, the Taino Farm further explains how climate change has affected the Dominican Republic.
Hiking with Heart Disease
Nothing has tested my endurance and willpower as much as this weekend hike. As someone with congenital heart disease, reaching the summit is one of my biggest personal achievements. I wouldn’t have been able to attempt this hike if it wasn’t for my yoga practice.
Yoga has given me all the tools to manage my heart disease symptoms and the human fears that naturally arise in certain situations. From breathing techniques that helped me access more oxygen with the changing altitude to practicing non-attachment.
If you are hiking with any pre-existing condition, please make sure to check in with your doctor but also make sure that your organizer has proper emergency procedures.
Hiking Pico Duarte is a one of a kind adventure in the Dominican Republic. An absolute must for any traveling adventurer.