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Punta Cana is known as a haven for sun-seekers and beach bums, but has recently carved a niche as a grand eco-tourism destination. The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a sprawling complex that houses marine research centers, a Ridgway Hawk sanctuary, a turtle sanctuary, an iguana habitat, and more. The Preserve has spearheaded a number of important conservancy initiatives, and encourages visitors to stop by or book into one of their interactive programs.
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A trip to the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a highlight of any visit to the Dominican Republic. The network of trails leads through beautiful tropical forest and delivers visitors to 12 freshwater lagoons, some of which are open...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
You probably wouldn’t like coming upon one of these fearsome fellows while hiking through the tropical forest. You certainly wouldn’t want one to walk across your belly while relaxing on the beach—or would you? Iguanas pose virtually no threat to...
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Segway Eco-Tours Punta Cana offers excellent guided Segway excursions that take guests through the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, making stops at the hawk sanctuary, iguana habitat, 12 lagoons, the beach, and more. Tours can even be...
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One of the more entertaining aspects of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is the animal refuge, which pulls double duty as a petting zoo. On a short walking circuit, which takes no more than 30 minutes to complete, you’ll have...
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The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees – they’re all connected, and they’re all working in perfect harmony at the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. One of the most unique installations at the park is the bee keeping...
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Parque Nacional del Este (National Park of the East) is located in the La Romana Bayahibe area, which makes it easy to explore from Punta Cana. The park has been a national nature reserve since 1975, and features postcard-perfect beaches, lush...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Getting your hands dirty isn’t exactly the first thing you sign up for when you’re planning a vacation, but perhaps it should be – especially when you have the opportunity to tour and explore the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. For...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve's Ridgway's hawk restoration program is one of the great Dominican Republic conservation success stories: Since the program’s introduction, conservationists have reintroduced numerous Ridgway's hawks...
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Boulevard Fishing Lodge, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Each fall, as trade winds shift, the ocean carries seaweed and kelp toward Punta Cana, where landscapers snatch it up and cart it off to compost stations. The seaweed, which comes in shades of crimson, copper, and rust, adds a peculiar, beautiful...
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The lionfish is one of the most beautiful species of fish in the world, but it is also one of the most destructive – and invasive species throughout the Caribbean, the lionfish feeds on a wide array of local fish, and has pushed some Dominican...
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Saddle up at the Centro Ecuestra Punta Cana and take a tour on one of their even-tempered steeds. Trot through tropical forest, across the ecological preserve, down to the beach, and out into the backwoods of the Puntacana Resort & Club on a...
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Boulevard Fishing Lodge, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic features some of the most pristine reef systems in the Caribbean, and the reef just off the shore of the Puntacana Resort & Club can be explored even by beginner snorkelers and scuba divers (though currents can be strong...
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Even if your green thumb is crooked, you’ll love getting under the sea to serve as a coral gardener with the marine biologists, divers, and naturalists of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. The Coral First Aid Speciality PADI program...
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Take a deep breath and get up close and personal with some of the most unique art in Punta Cana when you visit the Ecological Preserve’s underwater museum. You’ll find nearly a dozen massive statues all designed in honor of—and dedicated to—...
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Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
If you're looking for a unique island souvenir to take home with you, consider buying a stuffed lionfish from the gift shop at the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Preserve. The lionfish has a reputation as one of the prettiest fish in the sea,...