Yes, of course you are aware that Punta Cana is a paradise, that its never-ending coconut tree-lined beaches trap you relentlessly, that it feels so great to lay down on your hammock with a delicious daiquiri in one hand and a piece of mango in the other one that you just can’t get away from it! But you should also know that there is a lot more to Punta Cana (the Dominican Republic) besides its wonderful beaches.
Abandon the pleasant slumber of your hotel for a few hours. It’s really worth your while. Go out and you’ll see cattle farms on the tropical plains of the province of La Altagracia. Take in the vivid colors of the little houses in the villages. Visit the colmados on the island and the little kiosks with large letters spelling out ‘BANCA’, the place where Dominicans play lotto. Go through the streets lined with humble schools and get through the traffic on a mototaxi—for just 50 pesos (just under a dollar) you can go from one place to another.
Go on an excursion to Cayacoa Cave, in La Altagracia, in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. This beautiful area, plentiful in charming, hospitable and hard-working people, brings together the environment and a cultural heritage going back five centuries. Cayacoa was the first cacique or chieftain of the island. All the indigenous settlements had a cave where the shaman practiced his magic and religious activities and set down everything he saw in a trance. Cayacoa Cave is made up by seven caverns that are interconnected via passages, lined with huge liana curtains, stalagmites and stalactites that for centuries have gradually formed extraordinary figures, atmospheres, sights and sounds.
If you are of the adventurous type, you’ll have a ball in the Anamuya Mountains. In the thick tropical forest where cocoa trees grow in the wild, you will discover the only zip glide in the country taking you over 800 meters of the tropical forest of Punta Cana.
To top it off, you can’t leave the Dominican Republic without getting to know one of the two jewels of the Samaná Peninsula: the National Park of Los Haitises.
Indulge in the wonders of the park, with its caves, keys and mangroves surrounded by tropical rain forest, plus all the treasures hidden by Tainos, Europeans and pirates in the nooks and crannies of this secluded land.
These are just a few of the things you can do (besides laying on its postcard beaches) when travelling to Punta Cana. I’ll tell you more another day—there are plenty more things you can do!
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