Tucked in the lush forests below the Bahoruco mountain range, this huge cavern is as thrilling to reach as its emerald-colored pools and two chambers, which are connected by a ladder. You’ll hike thirty minutes through a rainforest filled with local flora–including seven species of ferns, and fruit trees, all of which are labeled and reveal intriguing medicinal properties. Listen for birds, including the cigua palmera, hummingbirds, and over 40 additional species. Along the way you might even feel the presence of La Ciguapa–the legendary woman with long dark hair whose spirit is said to inhabit the cave and holds the power to turn visitors into stone.

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Cafeto Madre

Cafeto Madre is another option for a coffee trail in the mountains of Polo. Local guides will take you hiking across multiple trails leading to the coffee plantation. You could also combine an excursion to the nearby cloud forest of Cachote while you’re there.

Barahona, Family-Friendly, Plantation Trails

Lago Enriquillo

Lago Enriquillo is the largest and deepest lake below sea level in the Caribbean, ideal for wildlife watching and nature exploration. Boat trips along the lake’s waters and onto Isla Cabritos reveal a large population of American crocodiles, and flamingos.

Barahona, Pedernales

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