Cueva del Ferrocarril Cave, Hato Mayor

Visit Cueva del Ferrocarril Cave and admire its hundreds of pre-Columbian cave paintings, in Los Haitises National Park

Cueva del Ferrocarril, Hato Mayor
Cueva del Ferrocarril Cave
© Victor Gómez

The Cueva del Ferrocarril Cave, also known as “cueva de la Línea”, is usually visited together with La Arena Cave, both of them being located in Los Haitises National Park. This cave is named after the former railway that had its tracks just in front of the cave’s entrance and was used to carry bananas and rice.

It is also known as “la cueva del Templo” (Temple’s Cave) because it looks like an altar due to the hundreds of pictograms and petroglyphs on its walls. There are still more than 950 paintings on its walls despite the time that has passed, but there are also some of them that, as it can be appreciated, have disappeared, thus, it is believed that the cave could have had many more paintings.

It is curious that there are areas where there are not any samples of petroglyphs as it is common, nevertheless, there are also several shells that were used by the Taíno natives in the pre-Columbian age.

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