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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

On this virtual voyage through the Dominican Republic, learn about the country’s past, present and future.


Dominican Republic Country Overview by Rustic Pathways
Learn about the country’s culture and history, local language and foods.

Travel Q&A: Dominican Republic
The most frequently asked questions regarding travel in the Dominican Republic, food, accommodations, and more answered by our Dominican Republic Program Manager.

Dominican Beach: Natural Background With Ocean Sounds
It’s no secret that the Dominican Republic is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. For your next study session, stream this video on your TV to experience ultimate tranquility while getting into focus mode.

Travelogue: The 27 Charcos
TLC may have advised against chasing waterfalls, but the Dominican Republic is the exception to the rule. The Charcos of Rio Damajagua consists of 27 (yes, 27!) waterfalls and limestone pools that you can explore all in one day.

A-Z Everything you need to know about traveling to the Dominican Republic
Coral reefs, white sand beaches, resilient Bateye communities, rich dance culture, and infinite delicious foods. There’s a lot to learn and love about the Dominican Republic– dive in here.


The Colonial Zone
Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World, and its Colonial Zone boasts impeccable preservation of forts, walls, and bastions from the 15th century. Read about the settlement of Santo Domingo and its influence on future city planning for the Americas.

Divided island: How Haiti and the DR Became Two Worlds
Two countries that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Find out how their paths diverged.

Trouble in the Bateyes
Read about the hardships faced in these Bateyes communities.


La Sangre, Baseball in San Pedro
Béisbol is the heart, soul, and sangre of many communities in the Dominican. Learn about the longstanding traditions of baseball in the small town of San Pedro de Macoris and the dream of making it to the big leagues.

Rustic in the Dominican Republic

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Rustic Programs in the Dominican Republic


23 Iconic Foods from the Dominican Republic
Comida Criolla, or traditional Dominican food, is a tasty fusion of African, Spanish, and Taino cultures and traditions. Feast your eyes on 23 iconic Dominican foods that will have you running to the grocery immediately!

Mangu Recipe
Mangu is the epitome of Dominican comfort food. Learn how to whip up this mashed plantain dish with a side of mojo in no time!


Playlist: Made in the Dominican Republic
Representando la cultural con orgullo! From Merengue and Bachata to modern Hip Hop and Reggaeton, listen to a wide variety of musical genius from the Dominican Republic.

Try it Out

How to Dance Bachata
Vamos a bailar! Grab a partner, blast some Romeo Santos over a bluetooth speaker, and try your hands (and feet!) at traditional Dominican-style bachata dancing.

Learn Spanish with a Rustic Teacher
Join us for an immersive language learning experience and one-on-one conversational practice with native Spanish speakers.