Best Hiking Trails in Punta Cana


Best Hiking Trails in Punta Cana

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The island of the Dominican Republic is home to incredible biodiversity with a wide variety of species, ecosystems and landscapes. Despite the fact that its beaches are the main attraction for tourists, if you head inland you’ll find the island is also home to countless natural enclaves that are very attractive and exotic in the eyes of visitors. 

One of the best ways to discover these places is by going hiking. There are numerous options when it comes to hiking trails. Some of the most complex ones are recommended exclusively for those on a guided tour or for people who are in better physical shape. There are other walks, on the other hand, that are suitable for any age or people in any type of physical condition and can be done in a self-guided way.

Let’s look at which hiking routes are the most recommended during your trip to Punta Cana, differentiating between the routes through nature reserves that are located inland, from the trails along the island’s coast on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

Hiking to explore the inland part of the Dominican Republic 

The fact that the inland part of Hispaniola island isn’t perceived as its main tourist attraction possibly makes it a must-see tourist destination in and of itself. So different from the coast, with its beautiful jungles, the plants and wildlife are protected in nature reserves and can offer you a truly unique experience. 

Hiking, among other activities such as horseback riding, is one of the best ways to explore places such as the Dominican waterfalls and caves. Let’s look at the main ones located on this island.

Hiking trail to Salto del Limón 

Hiking route to the Salto del Limón waterfall

Very popular with tourists and locals like, the Salto del Río Limón waterfall is one of the Dominican wonders, not only because of the final destination but also for the stimulating walk to the waterfall. You’ll be walking surrounded by tropical trees in a cool and humid climate where the silence is interrupted only by the singing of the birds and the movement of the leaves on the trees. It is a short but accessible trail for all ages and isn’t physically demanding.

Trail to Fun Fun Cave 

The Fun Fun Cave is located in the northwest of Punta Cana and can be reached by foot in approximately 2.5 hours.

It’s a higher intensity route that combines hiking with caving, which is why it should done in the company of a guide. After the walk to the cave, you can finish off the day with activities such as rappelling, where you can observe the stalagmites, stalactites and small lagoons inside. 

It is located within the spectacular Los Haitises National Park, and is made up of a system of tunnels that intersect with one another, 20 metres underground. You can also swim in the underground rivers that form in the cave, so you should bring a bathing suit. Reservations can be made through its website.

Walking along the beaches of Punta Cana

Walks along the beaches in Punta Cana

Punta Cana is internationally known for its paradisiacal beaches, which we couldn’t leave out of the recommendations for the best hiking trails in the Dominican Republic. This is an expansive region that has about 95 km of coastline. Undoubtedly, well-known beaches among tourists from all over the world who are eager to explore a natural environment of relaxation and exclusivity.

Hiking along Playa Bávaro

Among the best beaches in Punta Cana, the acclaimed Playa Bávaro stands out from all the rest. It offers unique and exceptional experiences in a one-of-a-kind environment where the best resorts in Punta Cana are located. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Playa Bávaro offers spectacular views and endless white sandy beaches.

Going on a self-guided hike along Playa Bávaro will allow you to explore the natural diversity of the area at your own pace and stop for a refreshing swim or small picnic. We recommend heading out first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the hours of intense sun.

Playa Bávaro Punta Cana

Hiking in the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Reserve

The Indigenous Eyes Natural Reserve has 1,500 hectares of lush tropical forest and refreshing, turquoise lagoons. Exploring its trails, swimming with this fantastic scenery as the background and observing its plants and wildlife are just some of the park’s many attractions. You can snorkel in the reserve’s main lagoon and see hundreds of species of birds and iguanas during the walk.

Visiting Punta Cana offers exciting adventures that you can discover through these hiking trails that head both inland and along the island’s cost. When inland, you can experience the uniqueness of its hidden nature, such as the waterfalls of the Dominican Republic, among other natural landscapes. Without a doubt, you’ll be able to take some spectacular photos that will be the best and most lasting memory of a truly unique vacation.

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