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“Amazing, feels like a secret.”
Review of Cueva del Puente

Cueva del Puente
Ranked #19 of 34 things to do in Bayahibe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Beautiful! The Spanish speaking park ranger gave us basic directions we could understand in our limited Spanish. He charged us $20 for the 4 of us, which I think was too much, but it didn't break the bank for us and I hope it helps keep the Park up.

The walk for us was just over an hour (as he said) and we did almost give up that we had somehow missed it, but then we were there. After overcoming some fear of the dark this was super magical. We planned and had a flashlight and phone lights. The dark cave opens into a beautiful area and there are many caverns to explore. We only heard and saw a few bats. There were a few other people on the trail and one other couple in the cave, but it was very quiet (except for my teens!). Highly recommended, especially as a nature contrast to the hotels.

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Went to this place as it was near our hotel and I had read a lot about it. The entrance fee is $5 each and the guy told us it was a 40 minute walk but it was over an hour each way, but so worth it.

The floor of the cave is all sand. We did not see any bats but could hear them.

Wear good walking shoes as the path has sharp volcanic rocks. Take your time and watch your step.

Also make sure to bring a good flashlight for inside the cave as it is quite dark in some spots.

On our return, we were able to find a small sandy trail that led to the beach.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

It’s a good 40 minute walk. 10 minutes from the town of Bayahibe along the main road to the park entrance and then 30 minute walking inside the park to the cave. We were approached by a young guide called Raymond who works on a tip basis. Go with him because it helps him to earn some money plus the way to the cave is not straightforward or sign posted. I’m really glad we accepted his offer to guide us because usually we don’t use guides. The first cave we reached had partially collapsed and cordoned off for no access as it was dangerous. We wouldn’t have known about the second cave without Raymond. For the most part the path is not a problem but be aware that some of the path is rock hard dead reef underfoot so wear decent shoes like trainers with a good sole. Flip flops or thin sole shoes are no good and watch where you are going as you walk to avoid going over on your ankle. Saying that, it’s really not difficult but just be prepared. Wear suncscreen. You access the cave down a ramped style wood staircase with foothold nailed bits of wood. Not hard to walk down but it can be slippery. From there you go down rock steps which are natural boulders, no handrail and slippery. Again not too difficult and it’s all kept natural which is great, but watch where you are going and you MUST have a torch, it’s almost pitch dark inside. We didn’t swim because the sun was going down outside. Apparently people do swim here but it’s not lit inside so if you are wary of dark places you possibly wouldn’t like it because it’s very dark. I love caves, I always seek them out and this was worth it as the walk was great too, lots of different palms, cacti etc. I saw a few bats inside but very difficult to see as so dark.

3  Thank Leza H
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

Very special place. Empty. The path from the park gate takes around 40 minutes. The cave is dark, a torch is necessary. After 10 minutes you reach the cavern with daylight from the holes in the top. Amazing place. And to the right there is a big covered cavern with stalactites, stalagmites and stalgnites. Thera are many bats inside. And there are big spiders. It's worth visiting.

1  Thank jadwiga_berbeka
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing cave system. Worth the visit!

First go to the last resort of the area, closest you can get by car. Go through the gate at this parking area and drive for 100m on a dirt road. Park your car there.

There will be a secretary for the national parque, you can buy a ticket to hike in the national park there. Cheap, we paid 200 pesos per person.

It's a decent but flat hike to the cave. Really nice nature and we where completely undisturbed by other tourists.

You don't need a guide, the path is clear, take a left when you get to a t junction. That's really all there is to it. In case you do not turn left the route kinda ceases to exist so as long as you see a path your fine.

Lots of muscitos so bring repellent.

After an hour you should arrive at the cave. You will need a flashlight or a mobile phone with one on it. Bring two in case one of them runs out of battery.

We walked through the caves, it's a real spectacle. We seen special kind of spider here making the noises, this cave must have been here for a long time stalagmites everywhere.

It is possible to take a right turn in the cave. Have no clue how far you can walk into that section. We didn't have the 2 flashlights I suggested before ;)

Enjoy, if you love nature this is the place to go. Else go there as well and you will love it soon after.

Ps. The bracelet you will get will also be valid for the other parts of the park. So you can visit the cuevas del chico as well.

2  Thank Abel H
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