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Tour Enriquillo Lake

An ideal excursion to spot reptiles in their natural habitat
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Excursion to Enriquillo Lake

Taino legends tell that Chief Enriquillo was the first native leader to rebel against the Spaniards when they arrived on the island where the Dominican Republic is today. Enriquillo became a hero to many Tainos, and the largest lake in the Caribbean, a body of water where wildlife and nature can be enjoyed, was named in his honor. The early inhabitants considered it a sacred place, and used it on occasion for rituals.

Enriquillo Lake has countless attractions, so many tourists want to come and discover them. From the spectacular images that the area offers to the experience of tasting typical products of the area, this tour is a great excursion for those who want more than just sun and beach.

If you love nature tours and want to visit the only lake in this part of the world below sea level, Enriquillo Lake Tour is just what you are looking for.

Why shouldn't you miss this tour?

In this lake and its surroundings you will be able to see reptiles in their natural habitat, such as iguanas and crocodiles. Yes, you can observe crocodiles walking, swimming and touring some areas of this paradise, although it is logical that you do it from a distance for obvious reasons.

Another reason to visit Enriquillo Lake are the flamingos that populate Boca Cachón or visit Cabritos Island, which is located in the center of this lake and can be reached by boat.

There are also other attractions on this excursion, such as getting to know the typical life of the Dominican Republic, discovering springs and enjoying the spectacular climate offered by the Caribbean. In addition, the area surrounding Enriquillo Lake has a rich history and culture. The town of Neyba, which is on the way to the lake, is famous for its grapes and wine production, with a history dating back to colonization. And this is just one more example.

Duration of excursion: 8 hours

Departure time: 08:00 a.m.

Hotel pick-up


Itinerary of the excursion to Enriquillo Lake

The itinerary of the Enriquillo Lake Tour is as follows:

  • 08:00 a.m. - Pick up at your hotel in Barahona. The tour begins with the pick up by bus, where our driver and a guide will meet and greet us.
  • 09:00 a.m. - After a trip of about two hours to the lake, we will stop at a viewpoint, from where you can take pictures of the scenery. From this place you will be able to observe a spectacular view of Enriquillo Lake, surrounded by nature and mountains.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Observation of crocodiles and birds. Next, we will board a boat for a ride on the lake. During the trip we will be able to see up close the American crocodiles that live in the lake, as well as a large number of birds. You will also be able to discover the sensational scenery offered by the place, which stands out for being the lowest area of the entire Caribbean with respect to sea level.
  • 12:30 p.m. - Neyba town and surroundings. After the spectacular encounter with the fauna of Enriquillo Lake, we will continue to the town of Neyba and its famous grapes. There we will learn a little more about the culture of the place, visit some handicraft stores and taste the delicious grapes grown in the region.
  • 01:30 p.m. - Las Marías. In this place, the inhabitants of the surrounding area spend their free time, and it is the last stop of the tour. We will be able to contemplate a fantastic view of the landscape and will be the last opportunities to take souvenir photos to come back with after the experience.
  • 03:30 p.m. -. Return to our hotel in Barahona. The driver will take us back to the point of origin, while we talk about everything we have seen on the excursion to Enriquillo Lake.

* These schedules are approximate and may vary during the day.

Enriquillo lake excursion

What is included with the reservation of this activity?

The tour to Enriquillo Lake includes:

  • Pick up at a hotel in Punta Cana or airport.
  • Overnight stay in a tropical hotel in Barahona.
  • Round trip transportation from the hotel, with driver and local guide.
  • Drinks for hydration during the visit (non-alcoholic).
  • Boat ride on the lake.
  • There is the possibility of tasting the local gastronomy in a typical restaurant (not included in the reservation). To do so, it will be necessary to inform the guide beforehand.

Recommendations for this excursion

To make the most of your excursion to Enriquillo Lake, pay attention to these recommendations:

  • Wear comfortable and light clothing, suitable for the climate of the area. It is also advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes that protect your feet.
  • Do not forget to protect your skin from the sun, using sunscreen with high filter, sunglasses and a hat or cap for the head.
  • Be sure to carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated, as the hot weather can make you dehydrate easily.
  • Use mosquito repellent, especially when you are in humid or overgrown areas.
  • To enjoy bird watching, it may be a good idea to bring binoculars to get a closer look at the different species that inhabit the area.

Where is Enriquillo Lake located?

This lake is located between the Sierra de Baoruco National Park and the Las Caobas Scientific Reserve, very close to the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Can you cancel this tour for free?

Yes, you can cancel the tour for free as long as you do it 48 hours in advance. After that time, we will not accept any kind of cancellation, since our team will have everything ready to guarantee you an excellent quality on the date you have booked.

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