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  • Location:Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park from Punta Cana

Explore Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve on a two-hour tour from Punta Cana. In this majestic setting full of natural and cultural history, you’ll find an abundance of native flora and fauna as you walk along interpretive trails with an expert guide. See a sugarcane exhibit and visit a fruit tree garden, an iguana habitat and a petting zoo before jumping into one of the delightful freshwater lagoons – just a splash away! Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.


  • 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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Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park from Punta Cana

See iguanas in Punta Cana

After your guide picks you up from your hotel in Punta Cana and transports you by minivan to Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, embark on a small-group walking tour of the privately owned 1,500-acre (600-hectare) nature park.

Follow your guide along a network of interpretive trails through the tropical forest, and get acquainted with the flora and fauna that are native to the island. Learn all there is to know about the reserve's scientific research and conservation efforts – led by the Puntacana Ecological Foundation – to save native and endangered species in the Dominican Republic.

Your guide will take your small group to a habitat area designed specifically for native iguanas, plus a visit to a fruit tree garden and a petting zoo. See an exhibit about the history of Punta Cana’s sugarcane industry before heading to one of 12 freshwater lagoons – habitat for many birds, reptiles and insects – for a swim.

Jump into the crystal-clear water for a refreshing swim or just relax in this enchanting setting. Hear about the indigenous Tainos who originally inhabited the island and called the lagoons ‘eyes’ due to their distinctive shape. After bathing in the freshwater pool, head back to Punta Cana with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

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!

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!

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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