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Los Haitises Excursion

Los Haitises Excursion

Here's What You Get

Los Haitises National Park is a off road trek into the Dominican wilderness. Haitises means "highlands" or "mountain range" in the Taino Arawak language (the Dominican Republic's original inhabitants) and at 1,600 square kilometers, only a small section 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.

From Bayahibe we head west towards Higuey, the largest city in the Dominican Republic's eastern region. After a quick stop, we'll wind our way northwest through the small villages of El Seibo and Hato Mayor, passing typical country towns and small Dominican communities. We then change elevations, crossing the Oriental Mountain Range which offers spectacular views of the Dominican countryside. Your licensed guide will bring the world outside the bus to life, highlighting everyday Dominican customs and some of the country's most recognizable natural products like cacao, banana, pineapple, mango, papaya, coffee and the all-important sugar cane, which although used for sugar, is more famously used to produce rum.

Arriving at the coastal town of Sabana de la Mar, we'll board a catamaran on the outskirts of Los Haitises National Park and maneuver through the winding canals of the park's majestic mangrove forests. These forests act as an ideal home for hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles and crustaceans. Leaving the mangrove forests, the scenery opens up into the San Lorenzo Bay with photo-inspiring views of the park's lush outcroppings and the mountains of Samana in the distance. If we're lucky, we may even have some company in the bay's deep waters as dolphin sightings are not uncommon.

During our tour of Los Haitises, we'll visit 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 for centuries before the arrival of Christopher Columbus which would eventually dwindle their population and erase their way of life.

From the park, it's time to eat. Lunch will be served at Yanigua Spa, a small ranch tucked away in the region's countryside with lush vegetation and even an amazing waterfall! You'll be treated to a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, rice, beans, vegetables, salad, fruit and a delicious fish typically eaten in the local area called Minuta. After lunch, to the river we go where you can swim in the refreshing waters, jump from the waterfall, or apply the riverbed's curative muds to your skin. After your swim in the cool waters, have some hot chocolate or coffee made at the ranch itself.

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.

What’s Included

  • Round trip transport
  • Catamaran tour of Los Haitises
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Non alcoholic drinks

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Bathing suit
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Sneakers or flip flops
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash

Duration of Tour

Approximately 15 hours

Tour Times

Morning departure time

"Pickup times vary depending on the hotel you are staying at. We will be contacting you shortly with the exact time"


Sat, Tue

Hotel Pickup Location

"Pickup locations vary by hotel. We'll be contacting you shortly with the exact location"

The normal, non-stop, transfer time between Bayahibe and Los Haitises National Park is approx. 2 hours. To make the trip more comfortable, we will make 3 stops on the way for bathroom breaks and to purchase food/refreshments. Because of this, the transfer time to the park will be about 3 1/2 hours. The ride is part of the excursion as the tour deals a great deal with Dominican culture and the everyday scenes taking place outside the bus. The return trip is under 3 hours and includes 1 stop.

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