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Excursion: Visit the national park of Los Tres Ojos in Santo Domingo

Updated: Nov 7, 2023


Los Tres Ojos, a natural park in Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

When traveling to the Dominican Republic, a visit to the capital city is essential. Not only to soak up the lively atmosphere and the wonderful culture. But also to discover "La Zona Colonial" and the hidden natural treasure "Los Tres Ojos". This underground wonder, consisting of fascinating caves and crystal clear lakes, offers adventurers a unique blend of nature, culture and history. And we'll tell you more about it in this article, so be sure to book your visit to Santo Domingo in advance!


The history of Los Tres Ojos

Everything began with the indigenous Taino people who inhabited the island of Hispaniola. Indeed, the Taino regarded these caves as sacred places and attributed mystical significance to the deep, clear waters. They believed the caves were the realm of the gods and a gateway to the spiritual world. Even today, visitors can still feel the ancient mysticism that permeates the atmosphere.


During the Spanish colonization of the Dominican Republic, Los Tres Ojos remained a source of fascination. Spanish conquistadors explored these caves in the early 16th century and later they featured in literature and art, contributing to their lasting legacy.


Over the centuries, Los Tres Ojos has undergone many transformations, from a secluded oasis to its development into a public park in the mid-20th century. The site has been carefully preserved, allowing contemporary explorers to step back in time and appreciate the intersection of nature and history. This makes Los Tres Ojos an essential stop for those eager to get in touch with the rich cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic.


Los Tres Ojos, a natural park in Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Nature, caves and a boat trip

So when you want to see more than palm trees and white beaches, this is a unique experience that will delight not only nature and adventure lovers.


Upon arrival at the park, you are greeted by a lush tropical environment that hides the underground world. The adventure begins as you descend into the caves via well-maintained paths and stairs, each step revealing a new layer of wonder.


Inside, you discover the famous "Three Eyes" itself, three interconnected limestone caves filled with crystal clear, emerald green lakes. The cool, calm waters reflect the cavernous ceilings decorated with stalactites, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. Visitors often take a small boat ride on one of the serene lakes, making the experience even more magical.


Throughout the park you'll find informative signage and knowledgeable guides who can tell you about the history, legends and geological wonders of Los Tres Ojos. Don't forget to bring your camera, as this underground paradise offers countless photo opportunities that your friends and followers will love to see.


Los Tres Ojos, a natural park in Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Opening hours and ticket information

We have good news if you want to visit the national park as Los Tres Ojos is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., making it a versatile excursion option whether you travel during the sunny summer days or the milder temperatures of winter.


Entry is not free but it is very inexpensive: for only RD$200 per person, about $3.50, you can visit the park.


Booking your tickets these days can only be done online through this website. You can also do it on the spot and scan the QR code at the entrance. Just be sure you have a good internet connection and arrive on time. Otherwise you will be stuck in traffic jams.


From our own experience, we recommend going around 9 am or 9:30 am. Larger groups of buses and excursion companies often arrive around 10 am and you will be ahead of them!


Los Tres Ojos, a natural park in Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

 

So whether you're traveling alone, as a couple looking for a romantic getaway or with the whole family looking for adventure, Los Tres Ojos promises an immersive experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for Santo Domingo's natural and cultural heritage. Enjoy your visit!


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