Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises seen from the air

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What’s included?

  • Los Haitises Excursion
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Ground transportation
  • Boat shuttle
  • Admittance to the park
  • Admittance to the caves
  • Professional guides
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Non alcoholic drinks

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Bathing suit
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Sneakers or flip flops
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash

Excursion Details

Visiting Los Haitises National Park, one is drawn to pristine forests of mangroves, secluded beaches, hideouts once filled with pirates and a diverse selection of native flora and fauna. This oasis tour begins in Punta Cana and heads west towards the largest city in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic, Higuey, where it stops briefly.

Natural beauty and more

Small towns and villages, such as Hato Mayor and El Seibo, are seen as the tour heads northwest until it reaches the Oriental Mountain Range. A higher elevation and scenic views of the Dominican countryside are offered. The guide brings it all to life as he mentions the customs and points out the natural beauty of the land. Along the way, mango, papaya, pineapple, coffee, banana, cocoa as well as important sugarcane for sugar and rum are seen, allowing the visitor to recognize, first-hand, the natural produce of the country.

Sabana de la Mar

The next destination is this coastal town, where visitors board a catamaran and begin the adventure of winding the way through canals, spotting such natural landscape features as towering mangrove forests. Surrounded by abundant species of fish, birds, crustaceans and reptiles, the forest opens to the San Lorenzo Bay, where the majestic mountains of Samana can be seen in the distance. Photo opportunities abound, with awe-inspiring views and the occasional sighting of playful dolphins in the bay.

Caves and Caverns

Once used by the Taino Indians, the tour then explores two caves that date back a millennium. The Cueva de la Arena has its location on a beach, surrounded by seclusion. One sees bats in their natural habitat as well as rock sculpture made by the Taino indians. The other cave, Cueva de la Linea, deep within the forest, holds petroglyphs drawn by the Taino, long before the voyage of Christopher Columbus; it offers a portal into the life of these indigenous people.

A Dominican Lunch

After leaving the park, the tour heads to Yanigua Spa, nestled in the countryside near a waterfall. It is a small ranch where the visitor is served a typical lunch, Dominican style. Enjoyed are such delights as chicken and rice, vegetables, beans, salad, fruit and a fish of the region, Minuta. After this refreshment, the tour heads to the river, where swimming and waterfall-jumping are part of the fun. Culture, beauty, history and cuisine combine in this unique adventure.

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