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Explore Santo Domingo on this full-day trip from La Romana. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial city is where Columbus first made landing in 1492. Visit important landmarks like the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, Calle Las Damas and the Columbus Lighthouse. Discover the cave of Los Tres Ojos, enjoy a 3-course buffet lunch and shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at a typical Dominican market.
After pickup in the early morning at your Bayahibe or La Romana hotel, board your tour vehicle for the 1.5-hour ride up the Caribbean coast towards Santo Domingo.
Stop at Parque Mirador del Este (Eastern Lookout Park,) one of Santo Domingo's largest city parks. Here, visit the limestone cave Los Tres Ojos (the Three Eyes,) which features three glimmering lagoons far below the earth's surface. Marvel at the abundance of underground vegetation and the hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites.
Continue on to the colonial area of Santo Domingo, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1492, thus discovering the New World. Its gridded layout featured the first hospital, customs house, cathedral and university in the New World and became a blueprint for future towns and cities. Visit the Columbus family mansion, the Alcázar de Colón (Columbus' house) and Faro a Colón (the Columbus Lighthouse.)
Visit the oldest cathedral in the Americas, the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, built in 1540. Stroll down Calle Las Damas to practice your bargaining skills in the traditional Dominican market. At midday, sit for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant (see sample menu in the Itinerary section below.) Spend your free time after lunch strolling in the pedestrian shopping area of Calle El Conde before boarding your bus for the journey back to your Bayahibe or La Romana hotel.
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