Speedboat to Los Haitises Caves and Mangroves
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Los Haitises (High-tee-sis) National Park is like something out of a storybook. The only way to get to this eco wonderland is by boat, which only adds to the whole wilderness adventure. Haitises means "mountain range" in the Taino language, and you'll be greeted by rolling mountains carpeted in lush greenery, along with a maze of watery paths lined by mesmerizing mangroves.
The small cay known as "Bird Island" is, not surprisingly, home to an awesome variety of birds – pelicans, egrets, herons, frigate birds, and the brown booby. Your guide will point out the birds that make their home year-round in the park, and those who migrate there for brief visits. And don't be surprised to spot some exotic aquatic creatures, like reptiles, fish, and crustaceans.
But what really makes this feel like you're in some kind of otherworldly adventure is your visit to the caves, where your flashlights will reveal more than stalactites and stalagmites. You'll find Taino petroglyphs that reveal the everyday life of the Taino Indians that were wiped out by Spanish invaders hundreds of years ago – drawings of their gods and daily life.
After his first encounter with the Taino, Christopher Columbus wrote that, "In all the world there can be no better people." So enjoy a glimpse into an ancient tribe that left behind this footnote in the pages of history.
Don't go into the light!
The Taino believed their world began in the limestone caves of the Dominican Republic. Macocael was a sentinel who was supposed to guard the caves, but when he left his underground post, the sun turned him into stone. Macocael, whose name means "no eyelids" in Taino, now stands guard for the rest of time.
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