GMann Posted August 19, 2019 Report Share Posted August 19, 2019 I am planning a palm trip to Dominican Republic for 5-6 days around Presidents Day next February. Is anyone else interested in coming? The guide will be a gentleman named Leonel Mera, who is a local palm expert and grower. He does not want to charge anything for his guide services, but he does insist that the itinerary include a trip to his ranch where he grows an incredible selection of rare palms from all over the world. I am working with Leonel to come up with an exact itinerary, but it will most likely be flying into Santiago (where Leonel lives), visiting his palm collection, and then taking a rental vehicle to the South West of the country where a great deal of the habitats of the palm species are located, including: (Psueophoenix vinifera and ekmanii, Coccothrinax boschiana, ekmanii, montana, scoparia, and spissa, and Reinhardtia paiewonskiana, etc.), also visiting a breathtaking beach called Bahia de Las Aguilas that is part of a national park with Coccothrinax ekmanii and Psuedophoenix ekmanii. Then returning to the capital, Santo Domingo to fly back. We will be staying in cheap local bed and breakfast places. The only costs of the trip will be accommodation, food, and splitting the costs of the rental vehicle. I was thinking of planning the trip around Presidents Day Weekend, but nothing is set in stone yet, if needed we can change the dates slightly to accommodate people’s needs, so long as it is around that winter period when it is not so hot and the chance of rain is at its lowest. If anyone is interested then send me a PM, and let me know of any particular palms you would like to see. I think the max would be 4 people so we can all fit in the rental vehicle with Leonel. Here’s some photos from the area: Leonel Mera at his palm garden: Coccothrinax boschiana in habitat: Pseudophoenix vinifera in habitat: Coccothrinax ekmanii growing over the clear waters of Bahia de las Aguilas: Coccothrinax spissa in Bani: 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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