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Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve

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Address: Ave. Abraham Lincoln No. 960, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a private protected area...

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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very nice experience. cost -> USD 25 per person you'll need 2h to walk around, however I strongly recommend to also rest 1h in the beach area at the end of the park tour and... read more

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very nice experience. cost -> USD 25 per person you'll need 2h to walk around, however I strongly recommend to also rest 1h in the beach area at the end of the park tour and also swim in a lagoon and try to relax

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New Haven, Connecticut
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We took the free shuttle from The Westin. If you are staying at the Westin, entrance is free. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, towels, good walking shoes, and goggles/mask/snorkel if you have one. Absolutely beautiful. An easy hike to various fresh water pools, then the trail leads to a gorgeous beach. We swam in the pools but just walked along the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a protected natural park with sub-tropical vegetation and 12 fresh water lagoons. The 1,500 acres were donated for conservation, recreation and research. The lagoons are interconnected by an underground river (Yauya) that flows into the sea. The large black mounds you will see on the trees and near the ground are termite nests; the termites break down the... More 

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Kaufman, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a can't miss. But be sure you wear good walking shoes and cool clothing with your swimsuit underneath. Do not pay $10 for the tiny bottle of bug spray. Take your own.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful little hike takes you by several fresh water pools, three of which you can jump into for a swim! Turtles and fish and other visitors will join you and you'll be happy together. AND, if that weren't enough, the trail spills you out onto the most beautiful, secluded beach where you can swim in the bluest of blue... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just returned from an amazing experience there! the water, the trails must be experienced. It's hard to describe!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was one of the highlights of our trip. It was confusing to enter as you have to go into the Punta Cana Resort which we did not realise as we were not staying in the resort, but we eventually found our way and enjoyed an excellent day. Be careful when using your phone's maps as it will take... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used this walk in the woods as a nice break from the sun around 2pm in the afternoon. The walk is an easy 20-30 minute walk through the park. We often stopped and let our boys (12 & 10) jump in the lagoons to cool off and swim with the turtles. The walk out to the beach was pretty... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the ecological reserve. We did not stay on this property. We took a taxi from our hotel. When you first come in, you have to stop at the small building on the right and pay the $25 entry fee per person. We did not want a guide (there is no need for one). Then you drive for about... More 

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Reviewed April 14, 2017

This place is not well known and it's a shame. The small "lagoons" are beautiful and so nice to swim in. The water is so clear. It's not as blue as Hoyo Azul but as an experience, Indigenous Eyes is much better because it is quieter, less chaotic and more organized. The walk on the trails is not hard but... More 

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