Los Haitises Tour

Los Haitises Tour

The visit to Los Haitises National Park is fascinating. It is an unforgettable tour to admire as few in the world. It is a heavenly place that transports us to the era of dinosaurs.


Los Haitises: It's limit and, therefore, its surface has been modified several times and is currently undefined.

Adult Price: US $140.00

Child Price: US $70.00


Los Haitises Tour

The Los Haitises National Park was created in the Dominican Republic under Law 409 of June 3, 1976, although in 1968 Law 244 had created a closed area called Forest Reserve Los Haitises.

Its limit and, therefore, its surface has been modified several times and is currently undefined. It is located a large proportion in the province of Samaná (including part of Samana Bay) and is completed in the provinces of Monte Plata and Hato Mayor. Haitises means highlands or mountain lands, although the set of hills or “haystacks” has heights ranging between 30 and 40 meters.

From the hydrographic point of view, Los Haitises and their areas of influence comprise two regions: the lower basin of the Yuna River and the area of Miches and Sabana de la Mar. The Yuna dewatered by two entrances: the Yuna own and river Barracote. Furthermore, in the area are the Payabo, Los Cocos and Naranjo rivers, and Cabirma, Estero, Prieto and other pipes.

An important aspect is the geomorphological karst formation that determines, among other things, a system of caves with pictographs and petroglyphs samples as the caves of La Reyna, San Gabriel, and La Línea.

The karst area of Los Haitises consists of hills (hummocks) next to each other with valleys (funds) among them. The wooded hills of the interior and the Keys of Samana Bay have the same origin, differing only in that the funds between the keys are occupied by seawater and are lower than the hummocks.

The karst formation Haitises has an area of 82 km, of Sabana de la Mar to Cevicos, by 26 km south of Samana Bay to Bayaguana. Other similar karst areas are north of Samana Bay and other south of Sosua and Cabarete.


The flora of Los Haitises is characteristic of his two life zones: the humid subtropical forest (Bh-S) and the subtropical wet forest (Bmh-S). Preserves representative broadleaf forest remnants as holy cabirma (Guarea trichiliodes), cedar (Cedrela odorata), Ceiba (Ceiba pentandra), mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), Copey (Clusia rosea) and hojancha (Coccoloba pubescens). In addition, many species of orchids abound.

The current vegetation of Los Haitises is forested mostly. The land and soil have allowed the development of some variants of the forest. between the hummocks forests on mineral soil with organic material, and above the hummocks forests on the rock and almost no mineral soil are distinguished.

This park contains the largest sample of Caribbean mangroves, which predominate species like red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) and white (Laguncularia racemosa).


The fauna of Los Haitises is of great variety and most nationally representative of all protected areas in the Dominican Republic, due to the diversity of their environments. Mammals are present in different species of bats as in jutía (Plagiodontia aedium) and solenodonte (Solenodon paradoxus); both species are endemic and are threatened with extinction.

Being a coastal-marine park contains an unparalleled bird fauna, with a majority representation of endemic, native and migratory species that can not be found elsewhere in the country. Some of these species are the pelican or pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), earwig (Fregata magnificens), the parrot (Amazona ventralis), the owl (Tyto alba) and the owl orejita (Stygian Owl).

National Park Los Haitises contains very impressive landscape elements such as the Bay of San Lorenzo, different keys and mangrove populations.

Among the Hellmouth and El Naranjo Arriba is located Bird Cay. This is easily recognized by the presence, high above it at low altitude, almost permanent earwigs and pelicans. The tallest trees growing in the center of the key, which is the highest part. The copey is dominant and its horizontal branches are used by birds for roosting. The fig (Ficus aff. Laevigata) and almond (Terminalia catappa) make up the other side of the trees.

To visit the park, the places most commonly used are Samaná and Sabana de la Mar.

Punta Cana Transfer Service offers this ecological and relaxing excursion departing from all hotels in the different areas of the Dominican Republic, starting from the picturesque and romantic Puerto de Samana in comfortable and safe boats, accompanied by an expert guide, lunch and drinks included.


What You’ll Do

  • Discover the fascinating Los Haitises National Park
  • Visit 2 caves, the famous bird island, and San Lorenzo Bay
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch
  • See the beauty of the Samana mountains range

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Entrance for the National Park
  • Equipment and instruction
  • Visit 2 caves
  • Expert guide
  • Taxes included

What’s Not Included

  • Tips(optional)
  • Any extras

Remember to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Insect repellent.
  • Waterproof camera.
  • Cash for tips (optional) and souvenirs
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