Cueva de la Arena Cave, Hato Mayor

Visit Cueva de la Arena Cave and admire the pre-Columbian Art on its walls, on your trip to Los Haitises National Park

La Arena Cave, Hato Mayor
Cueva de la Arena Cave
© Víctor Gomez

Cueva de la Arena Cave is one of the most interesting spots in the protected area of Los Haitises National Park. It can only be reached by boat to the small pier that goes deep into the sea from its little, charming beach. This cavern is 940 metres long approximately and goes along a cliff in Samaná Bay’s coast.

This incredible cave was inhabited by the Taíno people and they bedecked it with their pre-Columbian art, which has remained until now: there are 22 pictographs, 6 petroglyphs and 2 bas-reliefs; these two bas-reliefs can be admired at the very entrance of the cave, and they are shaped as human heads.

Besides, the cave is interesting in itself (apart from these art samples) since all along the cave some puddles and little salty ponds can be found. These little ponds’ water is provided by the sea, since it slips in through the cave’s cracks.

An added value is that, apart from the main entrance that overlooks the beach, there are five more entrances scattered all along the cave. These minor entrances overlook the sea and their views are incredible: they are true natural balconies through which it is possible to admire Los Haitises National Park in all its beauty.

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