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“Gorgeous & refreshing”

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve
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Punta Cana Combo Tour: Off-Road Buggy and Catamaran with Lunch
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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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New York
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“Gorgeous & refreshing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2014

It's worth a trip to swim in the lagoon and walk through the beautiful ecological park. It was so fun taking the 4x4's through the grounds.

Visited May 2014
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Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Guided Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

This tour was great. I highly recommend doing it. Our tour guide was very good, very knowledgeable, and took many photos of us while we spent time in the lagoon. We were a group of only four and got plenty of attention! He taught us about all of the different types of trees and wildlife that we found. He let us try the fruit they were growing as well as cracked open a few almonds for us. He was fantastic. We went to a beach where the resort is closed for construction...so we got to spend a few minutes on a beach all to ourselves. The lagoon that you swim in is amazing. They have a nice area that you can jump from as well. This tour was about 3 hours from pick-up to drop-off from Barcelo Bavaro Beach. We booked our tour through Gray Line and their support staff was extremely helpful. The transportation was clean and on time!

Visited May 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“best part was the view and natural lagoons”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

we did not do a formal tour, just the self-guided tour to see the natural lagoons. it was a nice walk in the forest to enjoy the day and views. nice day trip to be one with nature.

Visited April 2014
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Magical Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

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 bubbles 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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