Famous places of the Dominican Republic: Los Haitises
The Dominican Republic is not only famous for its beaches, there are places you must see. One such famous place is Los Haitises National Park, located on the northeast coast of the country. From Punta Cana you can easily take an hour and a half to two hours along the highway to the town of Miches and then to the village of Sabana de la Mar. However, despite the distance, it is in this park where you will see stunning small islands in the ocean, mangroves and caves with petroglyphs created by the Taíno Indians. So, would you like to see a magical land?
What can you expect?
The tour of the park takes place by boat. You can either rent an individual boat for $70 to $90 (depending on the length of the tour), or you can pre-book a catamaran tour.
The journey begins on a calm river surrounded by mangroves. You are immediately immersed in a peaceful natural atmosphere. You can also kayak through the many canals of this river. The river then flows into the ocean bay and you will surely be captivated by the view.
Mangroves and wildlife
Los Haitis is famous for its vast mangrove forests, which play a crucial role in maintaining the park’s ecological balance. Moreover, these unique ecosystems serve as nurseries for numerous marine life, including oysters and crabs that live right on the roots of the mangroves. White and black herons proudly stroll through the mangroves in search of their tasty lunch.
The legacy of the Taino Indians
The park is also culturally important because of its connection to the Taino Indians. This was the indigenous population of the island, before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. In the past, Los Haitisеs served as an important ceremonial site for the Taino Indians. Therefore, their presence can be recognized by petroglyphs and cave paintings.
Los Haitises has many ancient caves. You will visit several where you can see stalactites and stalagmites as well as well-preserved cave paintings of the Taino Indians.
Protecting the environment
In order to preserve the natural wonders of Los Haitises, and it should be noted, also many other parks, the government of the Dominican Republic takes conservation measures. For example, the park is protected as a national park and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is a fee to enter the national park, but it is usually included in the price of the tour.
However, the most memorable part of your trip is likely to be the many small islands covered with trees and shrubs that serve as nesting grounds for birds. You will see pelicans, frigate birds, cormorants, and many other sea food lovers.
Without a doubt, Los Haitises National Park is a famous places of the Dominican Republic to be proud of. It is not without reason that episodes of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
In conclusion, if you are a lover of nature or history, Los Haitises will give you the most experience.