La Romana/Santo Domingo
LA ROMANA, CUEVA DE LAS MARAVILLAS AND SAN PEDRO
Panorama, PasseparTour, Culture
From an underground cave with Pre-Columbian cave drawings to cigar factories and a panoramic tour of the city of San Pedro de Macoris: After this excursion Caribbean culture will no longer have any secrets for us.
What we will see
- La Romana
- Cueva de Las Maravillas: subterranean lake, Taino Indian drawings
- Macorix Cigar Factory
- San Pedro de Macoris
What we will do
- We set off from the Casa de Campo International Tourist Pier and head for the modern city of La Romana, one of the main cities of the Dominican Republic, for a panoramic tour.
- In our air-conditioned coach we then proceed to the Cueva de Las Maravillas (Cave of wonders), a huge cave with more than 800 metres of underground tunnels, 240 of which are totally accessible to visitors thanks to excellent lighting that reveals wonderful geological formations. In addition to stalactites and stalagmites, one of the cave halls has a beautiful lake with crystal clear water. The most important attraction of the cave however, are the Taino Indian drawings that date back to pre-Colombian times, which have been preserved in almost perfect condition. This collection of cave drawings is one of the most interesting and complete in the Caribbean.
- After our visit to the cave, we board our coach again to go to a world renowned cigar factory, the Macorix Cigar Factory. This company is known for its various brands of excellent hand-rolled cigars, including the famous Balmoral brand. From the hands of Boncheros the unfinished cigars are passed on to Roleras who carefully roll them up, in a process that is carried out at an incredibly fast pace.
- After our visit to the cigar factory, we continue with a panoramic tour of San Pedro de Macoris, a city that is rich in culture and history that lies between the cities of Santo Domingo and La Romana. Founded in the 19th century by European immigrants, the city's glorious past starts in the beginning of the 20th century when cigars were sold in the United States at exorbitant prices and the industrial port became the most important port of the Dominican Republic. The economic boom fuelled the construction of a city with buildings in neoclassical and Victorian style, magnificent houses and princely estates that can still be seen today.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- The excursion includes stairs of approximately 100 steps.
- The boat transfer to Catalina Island takes approximately 45 minutes.
- There is limited availability of English speaking guides.