Los Haitises Tour
Do you want to visit an area of the Dominican Republic seldom seen by tourists?
If so, our trek to Los Haitises National Park is a true contrast with the all-inclusive resorts and tourist laden beaches of Punta Cana.
If you’re looking for intimacy and authenticity then carry on and read our description of the natural wonder that is Los Haitises…
Haitises means “highlands” or “mountain range” in Arawak (the Taino Indian language). Tucked in a remote corner of the Dominican Republic’s northeast region, the park is a 1,600 square kilometer humid forest with vast stretches of untouched mangrove forests, secluded beaches, ancient caves and the Dominican Republic’s most diverse collection of endemic flora and fauna. What was once a sacred, safe haven for the Tainos (the country’s original inhabitants) is now a mysterious and awe-inspiring draw for tourists willing to leave the beaten track.
And how do you get there?…
From Punta Cana / Bavaro you head north into the eastern Oriental Mountain Range. Welcoming us is a windy, paved road that snakes through rolling green highlands and country villages, along the southern shores of Samana Bay. Your guide, meanwhile, brings the outside world to life explaining the daily routines of everyday Dominicans and highlighting some of the country’s natural produce as you pass countless agricultural and cattle farms. Our highlight stop, during the ride, is an adventurous ascent of the 1,000 foot peak – Montaña Redonda. Known for its amazing vistas, Montaña Redonda offers unforgettable views of Samana to the Northern horizon and the Oriental Mountain Range to the Southern horizon.
Once we arrive at Los Haitises…
- Catamaran – Aboard our catamaran we’ll maneuver through the meandering canals of the park’s majestic mangrove forests which act as an ideal home for hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles and crustaceans. Leaving the mangroves, the scenery opens up into the San Lorenzo Bay with photo-inspiring views of the park’s lush outcroppings.
- Cueva de la Arena – Located on a secluded beach, the cave’s several waterfront caverns hold Taino carvings (petroglyphs) in the rock and sleepy bats in their natural habitat.
- Cueva de la linea – Found deeper in the forest, this vast cave is filled with Taino drawings (pictoglyphs), giving us a better sense of Taino religion and culture before their society’s ultimate demise with the arrival of Europeans over 500 years ago.
It’s been a long day so you deserve…
Lunch at the Waterfall
Yanigua Spa is a small ranch, deep in the region’s countryside, on the shores of the Yanigua River. You’ll be treated to a typical Dominican lunch of meat, fish, rice, beans, vegetables, salad and fruit. After lunch, you can swim in the river’s refreshing waters or jump from the waterfall! Born deep in Los Haitises, locals believe Yanigua’s riverbed holds curative muds for the skin. Give it a try! And after your swim wind down with some hot chocolate or coffee made at the ranch itself.
Join us by booking now…
Only a certain numbers of individuals are permitted on the Los Haitises Tour and it’s only available 2 days a week. To secure availability bookings should be made in advance.
For a genuine contact with the Dominican Republic’s history, culture and natural beauty, join us on this unique adventure to Los Haitises National Park.
- Round trip transport
- Catamaran tour of Los Haitises
- Professional guide
- Non alcoholic drinks
- Comfortable clothing
- Bathing suit
- Sneakers or flip flops
- Insect repellent
Approximately 13 hours
Approx. Pick up Times: Morning (5am – 7am)
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Hotel Lobby or specified meeting point
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