It’s no doubt that Punta Cana is booming right now! With many, many new developments being constructed throughout this tropical paradise. (Great for tourism on the island, and helps to create more jobs and stability for Dominican locals.) However, with all of the construction in town, for a nature lover like me, I am always looking to appreciate natural and peaceful escapes from the everyday hustle and bustle.
I am so grateful to one of my dear friends who brought me (and my parents who were vacationing on the island) to this gorgeous spot which provided me with an incredible tranquil experience, in the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic.
The Ojos Indígenas/Indigenous Eyes Eco Park & Reserve is a pristine nature lovers park, which includes an iguana habitat, petting zoo, sugar cane exhibition and fruit tree garden. It is located only 500 meters from the Punta Cana resort. This reserve is managed and protected by the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation (a nonprofit organization created in 1994) this 1,500 acre nature reserve is open to the public for a fee and provides the opportunity to enjoy the lush tropical forest which is habitat to hundreds of bird, insect and plant species. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the well marked trails that lead to a series of 12 freshwater lagoons, all fed by an underground river – 3 lagoons of which you can swim in!
All of these breathtaking lagoons have Taíno names – the Taínos were the indigenous people who originally inhabited the island. The Eco Park was named “Ojos Indígenas” by the Taínos referring to the eye shape of the lagoons.
The three lagoons in which you can swim in, all provide a wooden deck, with stairs leading into the cool, refreshing water. The most popular lagoon Guamá (which is the largest and deepest of all of the lagoons) back in the day, was reserved only for the Taíno Chief. The water is SO crystal clear, you can see right down to the bottom of this bad boy. But good luck swimming 8 meters down to reach the bottom!
My parents and I arrived shortly after 10am and spent roughly 3 hours in the park. It was a great walk, and just so magical to marvel in the sights and sounds of the forrest. For the walk, I wore flip flop sandals – you may be a little more comfortable in running shoes. There are rocks and tree stumps to watch out for. I also carried my belongings (reusable water bottle, towel, camera, sunscreen etc.) in a backpack, which made it easy for the walk/hike.
It is truly a gem of a spot, and THE most peaceful place I’ve visited in the Punta Cana area. A great place to recharge and connect with nature.
For my full video experience…CLICK HERE!
The Ojos Indígenas Eco Park & Reserve is open 7 days a week from 8:30am – 4:30pm
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 1-809-959-9221 to arrange your visit
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Here is also a map of the location….