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Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana
"You will be picked up at your Punta Can hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van mini bus or bus (depending on the group size). You will be greeted by an experienced professional guide who will be your personal guide from the day's start to finish.The first stop in the capital will be at the Three Eyes National Park with underground caves and lagoons used by the Taino Indians (the Dominican Republic's origina built in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World. Then you will be off to the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone a 16-square block neighborhood oozing with Dominican history and culture.Your first peek at the Colonial Zone comes at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514 it was the home of Christopher Columbus's son
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Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana
"You will be picked up at your Punta Can hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van mini bus or bus (depending on the group size). You will be greeted by an experienced professional who will be your personal guide from the day's start to finish.The first stop in the capital will be at the Three Eyes National Park with undergroun the Dominican Republic's original inhabitants. From there you'll make a quick photo stop at the Columbus Lighthouse built in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World. Then you will be off to the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone a 16-square block neighborhood oozing with Dominican history and culture.Your first peek at the Colonial Zone comes at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514
From $113.00
 
Historic City Tour of Santo Domingo
"The first stop in the capital will be at the Three Eyes National Park with underground caves and lagoons used by the Taino Indians the Dominican Republic's original inhabitants. From there you'll make a quick photo stop at the Columbus Lighthouse built in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World. Then you will be off to the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone a 16-square block neighborhood oozing with Dominican history and culture. Your first peek at the Colonial Zone comes at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514 it was the home of Christopher Columbus's son
From $106.00

Los Tres Ojos - The 3 Eyes National Park Tips (4)

Parque Tres Ojos

Parque Tres Ojos is a bit out of the way for those staying in Santo Domingo, but its a fun (albeit excessively humid) way to get out of the city. Don't be put off by the cheap crap they sell out front, once you descend into the caves they are truly magnificent, especially the ponds that are the most eerie colour of blue. Tres Ojos features several ponds and each one has slightly different flora and fauna (some have fish, some don't). One of the ponds is deep and large enough that you can take the extended tour into the underground component. This was once a sacred place for the Taíno, one of the native peoples of Hispaniola. In modern times, it has been used as the setting for Tarzan movies.

FYI: if you're doing this on a budget and understand more than just English, don't bother paying for a guide. There's always a guide tour in Spanish or French that you can discretely tag behind.

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mikey_e
Sep 08, 2007

Los Tres Ojos

When visiting the Columbus Lighthouse, make a stop at Los Tres Ojos and then the National Aquarium. Los Tres Ojos is an impressive 50-foot deep cave with three lagoons surrounded by stalagmites and lush vegetation, five minutes from the Lighthouse.

Los Tres Ojos are three open-air limestone sinkholes obscurely shrouded in forest across from eastern border of Parque Mirador del Este. Excursion buses stopping on their way to/from the capital have turned this natural highlight into quite the tourist trap, evident by the large parking lot on the northeast corner off the highway and swarms of vendors waiting to pounce on new arrivals.

Once paying the RD30 admission fee, restrooms and a small snack bar are farther back in the forest. Wanting to dodge sales pitches while getting a jump on the bus unloading,

Guides speaking numerous languages are available for hire, likely providing additional information, but the caves are rather self-explanatory and can be done in 30 minutes with plenty of time for soaking in the natural w(o/a)nder. Popularity has provoked tainted-ness, including underground vendors with racks of postcards and Polaroid photo opportunities. Avoiding the above-ground circus unknowingly extended the tour.

Profuse vegetation encircling the sink hole was astonishing! A low-lying natural ceiling snagged with eye-level stalactites rather defined a potential mouth for the three eyes, the mystical environment only swallowing you in more.

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alfredop
May 14, 2006

Cueva Tres Ojos

This large cave has three separate lakes. It is nice to see; just be aware that tour guides are pricey, but knowledgeable.

There are also people who break off the stalaktities and make taino-looking statues out of them. They are VERY pushy!

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el_ruso
Feb 01, 2005

Parque de las tres Ojos

The 3 eyes is its english name. It's a large sinkhole with 3 lagoons (the 3 eyes) in it. The most impressive of which is the Azul Ojo, the "blue eye", which is a lagoon with crystal clear blue water.

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Jim_Eliason
Feb 08, 2014
 
 
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Faro a Colón - Columbus Lighthouse

First the driver took us to the Columbus Lighthouse Monument (Faro a Colon). (Faro is the Spanish for lighthouse). The building was begun in the 1930s and was finished about 1992. The huge building,...
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