One of the premier Caribbean destinations, there are many things to do in Punta Cana. From exciting aquatic activities in the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea to adrenaline-filled jungle adventures, Punta Cana has the tropical cure for that much needed break from the daily routine. But while there is no lack of land and sea based excitement, on your next trip to Punta Cana, make sure you also take in some of the culture that makes this celestial destination the tropical paradise that it is.
From the infectious rhythms that form an essential aspect of Latin American identity to the fascinating history of its indigenous people and their subsequent elimination by the Spaniards and the deportation of slaves from Africa, from the enchanting people that call this half of the island known as Hispaniola their home to the fascinating architecture and modern life of the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, this small yet vibrant Caribbean country has much to offer visitors who would like to know more about the destination they’re visiting.
Top Cultural Tours
Here are three great tours to get you a more in-depth view of the Dominican Republic.
This fascinating tour takes you on a visit to the world-famous village of Altos de Chavon, where you’ll be able to enjoy the amphitheater where Elton John once played as well as the amazing colonial-style architecture of the local buildings and streets. You’ll also pay a visit to the Regional archeological Museum, where you’ll appreciate an exhibit about the Taino people, the island’s former inhabitants until being exterminated by the Spanish colonizers. Afterwards, head off for a scenic boat rid down Chavon River where you’ll enjoy a lobster lunch amidst a breathtaking natural landscape as your backdrop.
Become immersed in the incredible history of the conquering of the Americas at the place where it all began. Visit the first city of the New World as you set off on an exploration of Santo Domingo. Stroll through the colonial zone, visit the very first cathedral every built in the Americas, and observe the amazing pieces of art of monuments and museums. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Alcazar de Colon to find out how the Spanish Conquistadors once lived as well as see the final resting place of Christopher Colombus. Finish off your historical journey of American history with a typical Dominican lunch followed by a stroll along El Conde Street, a popular pedestrian walkway lined with colorful Caribbean shops.
Combine a dose of adventure with a cultural exploration of the Dominican countryside on the Bavaro Runners tour. Head out into the lush tropical landscape aboard an open-air safari truck. Start off the journey with a visit to a local school to learn about the country’s educational system before heading off to a small ranch snuggled into the jungle-covered mountain. Visit a rural school, take a short horseback ride, and eat fruit right off the trees. Visit local cocoa & coffee plantations, sugar cane fields, and typical Dominican home as well as a visit to an indigenous natural cave. There you will be surprised with this beauty and enjoy a demonstration of how the indigenous lived in the pre-Columbian age at a replica of a Taino indigenous village. Top off your excitement with a delicious traditional homemade lunch and later learn all about Dominican culture and customs directly from the local farmers who are willing to let you in for a peak of daily life. Top it off with a visit to a cigar market and some free time for souvenir shopping to complete your thrilling day.
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