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Tour code: 5953EYES
Discover Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park during this 2.5-hour small-group tour from Punta Cana. Follow your guide down interpretive trails, viewing native plant and animal life while learning about the cultural and historical significance of the area. Visit the garden full of abundant native fruit trees, as well as an exhibition on sugarcane. Walk through a petting zoo and an iguana habitat before splashing into one of the park's freshwater lagoons. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels is included.

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve
  • Stroll along nature trails with an interpretive guide
  • See flora and fauna, such as iguanas, in their native habitat
  • Learn about the cultural and natural history of the Dominican Republic
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by minivan from Punta Cana included
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park from Punta Cana

See iguanas in Punta Cana

Following pickup at your hotel in Punta Cana, board a minivan with your small group of 10 people or less for the short ride to the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve.

Follow your guide for a walking tour through this 1,500-acre (600-hectare) privately-owned park. While you explore the network of interpretive nature trails, learn about the Puntacana Ecological Foundation's conservation efforts in the reserve. See lots of examples of native flora and fauna and hear about the Park's mission to save the Dominican Republic's endangered species.

Visit the petting zoo, a native fruit tree garden and a habitat for native iguanas. View an exhibit on the history of the local sugar cane industry before visiting one of the park's dozen freshwater lagoons. Take a swim or relax in the tropical setting while your guide talks about the origin of the park's name: the native Taino indians called the lagoons 'eyes' due to their distinctive oval shape.

Board the minivan for transportation back to your hotel in Punta Cana.

Customer Reviews

Ryan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent! We loved this day trip. Our guide, Christian, was really interesting and kept us engaged throughout. We visited the freshwater pools (known as 'eyes' by the original inhabitants) where he taught us about the local wildlife and how various plants were used for ailments, food, poisons etc.. We also saw the iguanas and turtles at the reserve and swam in one of the crystal clear pools. It was a great experience and one we would recommended to anyone visiting the Dominican Republic!

Christina B

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

It was a good excursion. The guide was very knowledgeable and it was just us on the tour so we could ask as many questions as we wanted. The lagoons are truly beautiful and you can swim in two of the 12 we saw. We were also able to be in the lizard pen since it was a private tour. We felt very safe. If you only want to see one or two lagoons there are probably shorter trips without the scientific facts. Vivator was very professional, send us reminders of the booking as well as copies of the reservation. You should know that the pick from the hotel had a SEGWAY tour car and shirt so we almost did not go with him. Make sure you confirm when you are coming back though. We were done at 11:30 and they first offered to take us to the beach until 3, then they said we had to stay there until 1 when the Segway tour was done because their other cars were not available. It was our last day and we wanted to get back, so I finally offered the guide an extra $20 to get us home fast - we left at 12:15!

Andrew S

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2015

The Lagoon is extraordinary and well worth it. Our guide, Matteas, was also great. However, some things to think about: The shuttle picks up at multiple resorts - ours was first, so it took us an additional 30 minutes to get there we paid for a private taxi on the way back. Also, the tour of the property is just OK. We found the history of Punta Cana fascinating, but didn't need the extra time seeing the farms, iguanas and sugar cane. I expected a bit more context and information - it was eco-tour : light.

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