☼ Los Haitises
Departing on comfortable bus with air conditioning and acompanied by a certified tour guide, we travel through the eastern coast to the fishing village of Sabana de la Mar.
After two hours and a half you travel through valleys and mountains of the Dominican Republic, where we will pass by coffee plantations , sugarcane and exotics fruits plantations, then we reach the national park los Haitises, which is situated right up front the peninsula of Samana. Afler a boatride through the mangrove and rainforest, we will visit the indians caves, natives of the Dominican Republic which were massacred by Columbus and his heritants, centuries ago. In the caves, you will find, relicts of Tainian culture, wall paintings that show you the daily live at that time, as wells burial sites.
Upon request, you can book this excursion with a visit to cayo Levantado, the famous Baccardi Island. white sandy beaches and Cristal clear water invite you for swimming and snorkeling during the 1.5 hour stay.
Depending on whether you booked with Cayo Levantado we will be back at the hotel between 18:00 and 19:30.
|TRANSPORTATION||Pick up time 7:30 a.m. from Boca Chica. Juan Dolio 8:00 a.m. hotel main lobby.|
|RECOMMENDATIONS||Please bring sun block, beach towel, light clothing and camera.|
|REMARKS||This tour operates every Thursday, if you book this tour with Cayo levantado you spend the afternoon on the beach, time for swimming and snorkeling , the equipment is not included.|
Los Haitises National Park contains spectacular landscapes like the San Lorenzo Bay, the islets (keys), and the mangroves. The Cayo de los Pajaros (“bird key”), which is conspicuous for the virtually continuous presence of frigatebirds and pelicans circling low overhead, sits between the Boca del Infierno (“Mouth of Hell”) and El Naranjo Arriba. Cupey is the dominant tree species and birds fill its horizontal branches. The wild banyantree (Ficus citrifolia, also known as shortleaf fig) and tropical almond (Terminalia catappa) are the other park trees.
Most visitors arrive by sea embarking from Sabana de la Mar (east end), Sanchez (north end), or Samana (across Samana Bay from Sabana de la Mar); however, it is possible to arrive by land from the south using four wheel drive vehicles. A private highway is being constructed through the mountains and a new airport is being built in the city of Samana to provide better access. The main economic activities in Monte Plata Province are cattle ranching and sugarcane farming. Tourists will find a large number of roads for sugarcane transport.