Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, October 30th, 2012 – One of the Dominican Republic’s most prized and isolated national parks is now being offered as a full-day tour from Punta Cana, the Caribbean’s most visited destination.
Los Haitises National Park is a genuine trek into the Dominican wilderness. Haitises means “highlands” or “mountain range” in the Taino Indian language (the Dominican Republic’s original inhabitants) and at 1,600 square kilometers, only a portion of the park is open to the public. This Caribbean oasis is home to untouched mangrove forests, Taino cave drawings, secluded beaches, pirate hideouts and a grand diversity of endemic flora and fauna.
The adventurous excursion takes travelers into the heart of the Dominican countryside, passing typical communities until reaching the national park. From there, visitors will board a catamaran that will maneuver through the winding canals of the park’s majestic mangrove forests.
The tour visits two caves once used by Taino Indians for more than a millennium. The first, Cueva de la Arena, is located on a secluded beach. The cave’s several waterfront caverns hold Taino sculptures in the rock and bats in their natural habitat. The second, Cueva de la Linea, is located deeper in the forest and is filled with Taino pictoglyphs, giving us a better sense of how these indigenous people lived before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
No longer is Los Haitises National Park available only to those staying in the Dominican Republic’s Samana region. Now, this incredibly important national reserve is the perfect Punta Cana excursion for those who want to mix history, adventure and culture. Ultimately, coming away with a better understanding of the Dominican Republic.
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