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“A Magical Place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park
Ave. Abraham Lincoln No. 960, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
809 959 9221
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Ranked #6 of 24 Attractions in Punta Cana
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a private protected area owned and operated by the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation. Consisting of lowland subtropical forest, the reserve covers 1,500 acres of land dedicated to conservation, scientific research, and recreation.The Ecological Reserve is a forest reserve with twelve freshwater lagoons, five of which visitors can swim in. Historians discovered that the Taíno Indians, the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the island, referred to the lagoons as “eyes” because of their distinctive shape. For this reason, the Ecological Park and Reserve was named “Ojos Indígenas” or “Indigenous Eyes.”The Ecological Park consists of numerous exhibits describing the cultural and natural history of the island. Visitors can visit a petting zoo with many domesticated animals common in the Dominican Republic since colonial times, a sugarcane exhibit, an iguana habitat and many other attractions.
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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“A Magical Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

A Protected Environment, the Indigenous Eyes Reserve is, without a doubt, a Paradisiac Place in this Caribbean Region.
As we entered the Area, the well preserved and signaled Pathways guide you trough Crystal Clear Lagoons into a Magical Place... One of Punta Cana's Best Kept Secrets, as their welcoming phrase invites.
Walking trough an amazing gallery of Threes and Plants, swimming inside the Turquoise Green Waters of the Lagoons, is experiencing unique wonders!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We took our teenagers and 5 year old through the reserve and were glad we took the time to experience the fresh water lagoons as this is not something you see everyday! The total time to walk through took us a little over an hour. The lagoons were beautiful, but they are chilly so be prepared. The board walks next to them are very slippery as well so be careful climbing in and out. Make sure you or your kids are good swimmers as my 5 year old (who is) struggled a bit because it was cold and deep and when you could stand on something (a rock or log) it was very slippery as well. The trails are well kept and marked, but look out for roots. Be prepared to get to the end and then have to walk back to the main entrance (20 minute walk). Didn't see any wild life like birds or lizards which would have been nice, but it was a pleasant walk and the lagoons are worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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“Lots of fun for the kids!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Got the opportunity to take the kids to the ecological park and they had a great time. The highlight was swimming in the lagoons...they got the chance to see fish and turtles, as well as swim in a crystal clear natural lagoon.

Visited April 2014
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“Hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We signed up for a tour through Amstar. They picked us up at our hotel, drove us there with some other stops on the way, and took us to start our buggy ride. Bumpy but lots of fun! (bring a bandanna and sunscreen if going on this particular excursion) We stopped at a beautiful private beach where Punta Cana resort used to be (now empty/closed) and then drove over to the Indigenous Eyes to hike 10 minutes or so and swim in 1 of the lagoons.

Beautiful crystal clear waters. Be careful of the slippery underwater steps to go in/out. Take your swimsuit!! :) There was a duck and someone spotted a turtle but I was hoping for a bit more freshwater fish and whatnot. They took us to the lagoon where you could jump off a platform into the water. Great fun! If you have an underwater camera, it'd make for great video/pictures!

So glad I found this on TripAdvisor and insisted to go on our last day of the trip! Well worth it!

Visited March 2014
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“Super fun, light adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This was a great treat. There is a hiking path (with many tree branches/roots and extremely sharp coral stone edging... Unsuitable if with unstable toddlers or someone disabled) that leads to several lagoons. There are 3-4 lagoons you can swim in, which was super fun for our group aged 4-65 I suggest wearing water shoes as the rocks in the lagoons are slippery. A snorkel is an advantage so you can really see all the fish. I wouldn't recommend flip flops for the walk

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