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“Beautiful Lagoon”

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
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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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Reviewed February 11, 2014

We visited the park while on a segway trip we booked at our hotel. After the segway part of the trip we took about a 10 minute walk down a path through part of the park to a beautiful fresh water lagoon and had a short swim before walking back down the trail.

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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We ventured to this one-of-a-kind park with our expert tour guide, Arri, (via Westin) and paddle boarded to the park entrance from the hotel. We waited till we got to the largest spring and jumped right in (holding teenage daughter's hand)... and swam... and enjoyed the brief rainfall... and jumped in again (holding husband's hand). I felt like it was perhaps one of the coolest things I've ever done. And I grew up near Wakulla Springs, Florida, and have traveled a good bit. There's something very magical-mysterious-healing about this slice of heaven, Would recommend to anyone. Just wear water shoes or something to protect your feet for hike into the area and for rocks in water.

2  Thank EvaWClark
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

We took a tour from our resort that included a stop at this Ecological Park. Expect about a ten minute walk of uneven terrain back to the main swimming spot. I wore sandals and was fine however some wished they had shoes on. The fresh water spring was very refreshing and fun to lounge at for a short period of time. I'd recommend bringing goggles to check out the fish underwater. Worth checking out for sure!

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

The swimming holes at the Ecological Park are a fun way to spend the morning or afternoon. Cool, clear, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and uncrowded. Great way to laze away the day. The first swimming hole on the trail was crowded because tour groups take people there. But the following four swimming holes that are set up for swimming were completely empty. Highly recommended.

2  Thank Petelock
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Visited with my adult son after reading about it online. A few things to know: 1) You can walk/see this park on your own. Easily. Without an expensive excursion, without a guide. The trails are simple and well marked, you get a map, and the lagunas ("eyes") are all right off the trail.

2) Admission is $25 per adult at the main entrance. However, there is a clearly marked back entrance -- that we didn't learn about until inside the park -- close to the (gorgeous) beach and a now-defunct hotel. If you can figure out how to get to it, the admission is $10 (we were told).

3) We didn't find anything especially interesting about the flora or fauna, but we were looking at it with laymen's eyes. If you want the 411 on the environment, then maybe a knowledgeable guide is the way to go; however, you can certainly enjoy the park without one.

4) There are 11-12 lagunas, but only a handful large and inviting enough to swim in. Nonetheless, we found the swimming/snorkeling to be most excellent -- similar to the springs of central Florida (which I adore) -- but with not as much aquatic life. The rock formations in these lagunas have an interesting and aesthetic look, like big-pored boulders of rusting iron.

In summary, if you are an avid freshwater explorer, you'll like this park. If not, well, it's a coin toss. Of course, with our focus on swimming, there may have been visually exciting parts of the park we missed.

9  Thank Barry W
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