The Southwest & Península de Pedernales attractions

Cave in San Cristóbal

Reserva Antropológica Cuevas del Pomier

Visiting this reserve is like reading a history book written in stone. There are 57 limestone caves in the area 10km north of San Cristobal, five of which (containing almost 600 paintings) are open to the public – t…
Gorge in Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco

Hoyo de Pelempito

Part of Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco, the ‘hole’ at Pelempito is actually a deep gorge formed when the Península de Pedernales rammed into Hispaniola umpteen million years ago. The tourist office, perched at t…
National Park in Península de Pedernales

Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco

This national park, replete with orchids and birds, covers 800 sq km of mostly mountainous terrain and is notable for the rich variety of vegetation that thrives in its many climates, ranging from lowland desert to …
National Park in Lago Enriquillo & Isla Cabritos

Parque Nacional Lago Enriquillo & Isla Cabritos

This park comprises Lago Enriquillo, an enormous saltwater lake 40m below sea level, and Isla Cabritos, the island at its center which supports various cacti and other desert flora. Park residents include an estimat…
Nature Reserve in Península de Pedernales

Parque Nacional Jaragua

This park is the largest protected area in the DR. Its 1400-sq-km includes vast ranges of thorn forest and subtropical dry forest, and an extensive marine area that spans most of the southern coastline, including La…
Museum in San Cristóbal

Castillo del Cerro

San Cristobal's strangest sight, currently used as the National Penitentiary School, was built on Trujillo’s orders for himself and his family in 1947 (at a cost of US$3 million), but he reportedly hated the finishe…
Museum in San Cristóbal

Museo Jamas El Olvido Será tu Recuerdo

In the home of local resident José Miguel Ventura Medina, known to some as ‘El Hippi,’ this museum has a name translating literally to ‘Forgetfulness will never be your remembrance’ or simply ‘You will never be forg…
Nature Reserve in Baní

Monumento Natural Dunas de las Calderas

This protected reserve, part of the Península de las Salinas, is 20 sq km of gray-brown sand mounds, some as high as 12m. A guided tour (in Spanish) offers views of the dunes and beaches beyond and is well worth a l…
Market in Comendador del Rey (Elías Piña)

Haitian Market

The Haitian market is impossible to miss: just stay on the main road through town until you run into it. Vendors lay their goods out on the ground, shaded by tarps suspended from every available tree, road sign and …
Cave in Lago Enriquillo & Isla Cabritos

Las Caritas

A short distance east of the park entrance, on the northern side of the highway, look for Las Caritas, a small rock formation with what are believed to be pre-Taíno petroglyphs. Bright-yellow handrails guide the sho…