I`ve been hearing about El Choco National Park and caves since years ago, and had to go on March 11 because my wife had a college assignment on it. I was quite impressed that such a nice attraction is so close to us and some people miss the chance of visiting. There`s a guided tour that includes some botanic lessons on local trees and fruits, quite interesting. Then we reached the first cave, and learned that some of us still can`t make it all the way down.. felt like Indiana Jones!
I`m glad my camera batteries died when I was about 13 meters down, so I didn`t fully tour the first cave to the bottom. The next cave we visited was easier, shallower but provided the best pictures. There`s a lot other caves you can swim on, and many have underground water pools of mineral water. Some are deep ( up to 70 mts depth ) and others are shallow enough for kids to swim on.
Some cave divers ( real pros ) have explored the underwater caves, headed by the Dominican Republic Speleological Society ( DRSS ). El Choco National Park is the newest national park in the DR, 77 square kilometers in size, includes 2 lagoons, the caves, forest and pasture land, and a great trail for horseback riding, 4wheel riding and walking or jogging. When we took the tour one week ago there was no official webpage with complete details on the park, so the college group came up with one, we all helped a bit.
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