Located 6 mi/10 km southeast of Portsmouth, Morne Diablotin National Park, Dominica's largest national park, encompasses a vast expanse of 8,000 acres/3,200 hectares of rain forest.
It's located in the mountainous northern interior of the island and is named for Morne Diablotin, Dominica's highest peak (4,747 ft/1,447 m), which is inside the park. A special parrot reserve in the park was created to help protect the country's two most famous species of indigenous and endangered birds: the purple-breasted sisserou parrot and the red-necked jaco parrot. Estimates indicate that fewer than 1,000 of each species remain.
The park offers great hiking opportunities. There's a very challenging trail to the peak of Morne Diablotin that begins in Syndicate and takes about three hours each way. Less-adventurous hikers may want to stick to the loop trail in the parrot reserve, collectively known as the Syndicate Nature Trail.
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