Dominican Republic Day Five: A Boat Ride Down the Cano Hondo River To The San Lorenzo Bay
After breakfast on Sunday morning, I met our guide Wilfred and four other guests at the Altos de Cano Hondo hotel for a boat tour Los Haitises National Park. We drove about a mile to the entrance to the National Park where we boarded a small boat for a short ride down the Cano Hondo River to the San Lorenzo Bay.
I was excited to see, flying overhead a couple of magnificent frigatebirds.
I love seeing these birds when I visit Florida and other sub-tropical regions. I have seen them soaring high overhead on many hikes in beautiful warm places I have visited. I have never seen one perched in a tree before.
Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the birds we saw on our boat ride in Los Haitises. Dominican Republic Day Five Los Haitises birds October 24 2021.
Here we disembarked our boat and I learned we were going to explore the Line Caves, named after the the old railroad line which ended here.
Our guide told us these massive limestone caves hide pirates in the 16th and 17th centuries. And for maybe a thousand years before that were used by the native Taino people, indigenous natives of the Caribbean, who lived in this area, and used the caves as shelter from storms, hurricanes, food storage and for religious ceremonies.
shamans with masks and given explanations on how they were associated with the culture and daily lives of the native people. I was in awe at seeing these drawings and being in some of the sacred sites of these now extinct people. I again wondered what the native people were thinking when they drew them.
I was thrilled with this unexpected visit. We left the cave as larger tour groups arrived, boarded our boat, and proceeded to the Sand Cave. There was a beach here where many local residents can picnic with a permit.
. This last minute boat ride was amazing and one of the highlights of my trip. I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in my room, taking in the spectacular view of the bay I just visited, and editing the beautiful photos from my morning boat adventure. It was already a good day, and visit. in the Dominican Republic. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from our boat ride in Los Haitises National Park. Dominican Republic Day Five Los Haitises boat ride October 24 2021.
What induces you, oh man, to depart from your home in town, to leave parents and friends, and go to the countryside over mountains and valleys, if it is not for the beauty of the world of nature? Leonardo da Vinci