In chronological order our highlights include:
• VISIT Three Eyes National Park: underground caves and lagoons used by Taino Indians for a millennia until their eventual demise
• OBSERVE the Columbus Lighthouse where Christopher Columbus' remains are entombed
• SET FOOT in Diego Columbus's Palace
• STROLL the first paved road of the New World
• ENTER the National Pantheon, the final resting place of the country's most honored citizens
• KNEEL in the first cathedral of the New World
• INDULGE in authentic Dominican cuisine in an authentic atmosphere
• STAND before the country's impressive National Palace
• TIME to shop or stroll the Colonial City's continually inhabited streets for half a millennia
As you can see, most of your day is spent within the fortified, canon laden, walls of the Colonial City. Fortified walls? Yep, because everyone wanted a piece of this gem of the New World to launch their own conquests.
Did you know the conquests of Mexico, Peru and Florida all embarked from Santo Domingo? But they couldn't hold back the famous pirate Sir Francis Drake who sacked the city in 1586, only to give it back to the Spanish after receiving a hefty ransom in gold.
That nugget of history was free! But to really unveil Santo Domingo's infinite past, only a full narrated tour would do the city justice.
Put down your sun tan lotion and put on a hat and comfortable sneakers because it's time to:
• LEARN about the Western Hemisphere's European birth
• EAT real Dominican food where Dominicans go to eat
• RETURN home with a genuine understanding of the Dominican Republic's people and history
Make Christopher Columbus proud that 500+ years later you're still interested in discovering the city and the New World he conceived in 1492.