The city of Barahona is ideally located near beaches, cold rivers for swims, and is less than an hour away from an array of biodiverse parks, lakes, and mountains.
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.