Los Haitises National Park is one of the jewels of the system of national parks in the Dominican Republic Covering an area of 1,600 km².
It is located northeast of the Dominican Republic, to a large extent, the park is located in the municipality of Sabana de la Mar, Hato Mayor province and is completed in the provinces of Monte Plata and Samaná.
It is an unforgettable place like few in the world, this being a humid subtropical forest with the largest sample of Caribbean mangroves and one of the richest mangrove reserves on the planet.
The Haitises that translates to “mountainous land” in the Taíno language, attracts multiple visitors who come here by boat to see its magnificent series of rock formations that rise out of the water.
The park also has lush mangroves along its bay, which is adorned with cays home to multiple bird colonies and a series of caves known for having the largest amount of petroglyphs and pictographs in the country.
The most visited caves in the Haitises are: the Arena Cave and the Cave of the Line, both with a high historical level because these were very frequented by the Tainos more than 500 years ago. In these caves you can find a large number of pictographs and petrographs made by the Tainos.
You can easily see the Ridgway hawk, in danger of extinction, the carpenter of Sierra, carpenter of La Hispaniola, as well as pelicans, herons, egrets and other majestic birds that fly through the extensive landscape of the park.
Los Haitises also has one of the rainforests in the Dominican Republic. Explore the park by boat from Samana, climb its rainforest to see the flora up close, or go kayaking through its lush mangrove system.
Much of the route of the Haitises is by sea, departing from Sabana de la Mar or Samaná; With prior permission from the National Parks Directorate, walks are organized on weekends or through an excursion agency that handles all logistics.