Day Trip from Punta Cana to Santa Domingo -

Hello there anyone, it has been a though hasn’t it? Well Content New Yr and God Bless. In my 1st Posting for the New Calendar year I have resolved to share with you an encounter from my recent journey to the Dominican Republic. Indeed, I went to the DR 😄.

My brother and I planned a trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and we stayed at an All Inclusive Resort for almost a 7 days. Although there we made the decision we desired to go on a couple of excursions, two to be specific due to the fact we only experienced a couple of days the Experience Boogies which bundled ATV riding and A day excursion to Santo Domingo. I’m positive from the title you currently know which one particular I will be talking about in this article 😊.

A Small History

Santa Domingo is the funds of the Dominican Republic and is a single of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. It was started by Bartholomew Columbus the brother of Christopher Columbus in 1496. It sits at the Southeastern section of the Island of Hispaniola ( a Caribbean island produced up of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and holds some of the oldest Cathedrals in historical past. It has a populace of around 3 million individuals and it is a metropolis crammed with historical past and tradition.

The Journey

The trip to Santo Domingo was an all day event. We experienced to get to the pickup up issue by 6:30 a.m. so we ended up generally up at about 4:00 a.m. to make positive we experienced ample time to get completely ready and have breakfast just before the bus arrived. We were being told it would be a 2 hour generate but it turned out to be about 3 hours. Component of the cause, however, was due to the fact the bus stopped at an additional resort to decide up passengers, but that wasn’t until finally just after a good 90 minutes or so of driving.

The push was alright, we have been on an air conditioned motorcoach with just a couple of people today. We had a tour guidebook who narrated and was in a position to give us a whole lot of data about the region, like, for illustration, how the state is linked to Haiti and Haitians would come about to seek operate. Even though driving we could see a large amount of them by the facet of the street waiting around to be picked up for get the job done and the information advised that some would get positions to perform in construction or at the sugar cane factories.

Also, even though using along there was a good deal of sightseeing, we ended up able to see other cities, rivers, universities, sugar cane factories and far more. The tour guideline was really insightful and provided the info to us in 3 diverse languages Spanish, English, and what I think to be French.

Destinations We Visited

Once in Santa Domingo we ended up guided to distinctive sizeable destinations. The initial put we stopped was the Columbus Lighthouse.

Columbus Lighthouse

In entrance of Columbus Lighthouse

The Columbus Lighthouse or Faro a Colon in Spanish, is not like any lighthouse you have seen. It is a mausoleum monument in Santa Domingo committed to Christopher Columbus. The creating is shaped into a cross which is really hard to notice standing on the floor but can be seen from an aerial perspective. When inside of you will obtain that it is not only a mausoleum, but also a museum and It is mentioned that the stays of Christopher Columbus are there in the mausoleum. So why is it referred to as a lighthouse? my guess is due to the fact it has 150 lamps at the upper section of the monument which can task a huge illuminated cross throughout the sky at night time.

We did not continue to be extensive there mainly because the tour tutorial only gave us a couple minutes to take pictures and return to the bus, but if you are preparing a self guided tour of the city you will have the option to go within and observe more carefully.

Columbus Palace

Columbus Palace

Later on, we ended up back on the bus where by we ongoing our journey. Our following prevent was Columbus Palace or Alcazar de Colon which was at the time the home of Christopher Columbus’ son Diego Columbus and his wife Maria de Toledo. It is one of the most noteworthy museums in Santo Domingo. The structure of the Palace is a blend of the two gothic and renaissance flair. From the palace you can perspective the Plaze de Espana and the Ozama River with the Terminal Don Diego proper throughout the street.

When you arrive you are damaged up into groups based mostly on what language you converse, so there was a group for English, Spanish, and there may have been 1 for Portuguese I imagine or French (that just one I am not absolutely sure of). The guide then gave us a tour of every element of the museum and spoke about its heritage. For the duration of the tour you will find original furnishings, artwork and extra from the 16th century.

By the way this was exactly where our bus still left us and for the relaxation of the tour we had to go on foot.

Museum of the Royal Residences

Carriage positioned at the Museum of the Royal Residences

Just a brief stroll from the Columbus Palace is the Museum of the Royal Residences or Museo de las Casas Reales. This was the moment the Royal Court of the Governor of Spain. Today at the museum you can understand about the record of the Dominican Republic as you journey by diverse intervals of the past with reveals of slavery, replicas of the ships utilised throughout Columbus’ lots of voyages, historical transportation, and weapons and armory of the previous and also master about the gear utilized in sugar manufacturing.

At the Museum of the Royal Houses, we ended up also damaged up into teams and had a tour guide, but I acquired remaining driving since I was so caught up in observing the various artifacts. I could not find my group and most of the employees standing all-around couldn’t discuss English quite effectively, so I did the relaxation of the tour of the museum by myself.

Pantheon Of the Fatherland

Inside Watch of Pantheon of the Fatherland

After leaving the Museum of the Royal Residences we were being lead on a tour down the streets of the Colonial Zone or Zona Colonial also known as Cuidad Colonial meaning Colonial Metropolis. So named because this is exactly where Columbus Settled in the New Environment. We walked down historic streets, considered noteworthy structures and frequented big church buildings.

The to start with church we frequented was the Pantheon de La Patria or in English Pantheon of the Fatherland, it is in fact a mausoleum that was when a Jesuit Church. Inside of has the seem of a church, but you will also uncover tombs on every facet. Really don’t fret there are no bodies in them but there are names penned on them of sizeable persons who played a component in the developing of the Dominican Republic. It grew to become the DR’s nationwide Mausoleum in 1956.

Initial Cathedral of the Americas

The following put we went was to the oldest church, the Very first Cathedral of the Americas or in Spanish Catedral Primada de las Americas and that is just one particular of its names. It goes by a handful of other names and extended names. Despite the fact that around 500 many years aged, this cathedral is however a notable area of worship in the town of Santo Domingo. It’s considered to be the oldest church in the Western Hemisphere. The initially stone was laid by Diego Columbus in 1514, but owing to delays it was not concluded until eventually 1541.

Inside look at of The First Cathedral of the Americas

Outdoors of the Cathedral you are supplied tiny transmitter equipment, some in English and some in Spanish. The units are for when you enter to narrate about the distinctive objects and sections you will discover within. As you tour the inside of the church you will come across, scaled-down chapels off to the facet, photographs of Jesus, tombs, art work and you cannot aid but gasp at the structure of the constructing by itself in particular the ceiling. Women are not permitted to go inside of with with shorts or minis, if you have that on, a single of the attendants will give you a piece of fabric to wrap around your waist.

The developing has 3 doorways, just one of which opens up to Columbus Park or Parque Colon where you will find a statue of Christopher Columbus pointing into yonder.

Buche Perico Cafe

The highlight of the journey for me was the lunch that was integrated. We went to a small restaurant known as Buche Perico situated about the corner from Columbus Park. Though the foods was good the ambiance of the cafe was even greater. It was as if we have been sitting down and taking in in a yard, with the seems of water cascading down the rocks. I even picked up a new recipe.

Soon after making the most of a lunch of rice, chicken, with a aspect of salad and dessert, the tour guideline informed us we have been likely to “the market” which I believed would be a massive place with multiple distributors selling distinctive merchandise, but was just a huge shop where by you can obtain all the items and souvenirs you could uncover.

Countrywide Palace

After we were being finished purchasing we walked for a little bit far more to wait for our bus. The moment we ended up back on, we drove some much more all around Santo Domingo right until we arrived at the Countrywide Palace or Palacio Nacional. The Nationwide Palace is the governmental seat of the Dominican Republic. The property of the President, nonetheless, per the tour information, the president does not live there but goes there for basic affairs. We ended up not able to go inside of, but experienced to notice from outside the house the gates, the home was intensely guarded.

Outdoors of the Nationwide Palace

When we were completed getting our shots we headed again into the path of our resort, apart from we had one particular last location to check out. We frequented Mabel Chocolate – Choco Punto in La Ramona where by we bought to sample chocolate and someone arrived in and told us about the various forms and how they are processed. There you can make purchases of the diverse variety of cacao goods available. In a further section of the shop you can also find pure solutions for hair and overall body and just upcoming door in the same plaza there is a Vega Fina Cigar Factory. The Vega Fina Cigar model is truly created in the Dominican Republic.

So that is how we expended our day in Santo Domingo, mastering about the record whilst we toured the Colonial City on foot. While touring we also bought to see what the people ended up like. We came throughout distributors that needed to make some revenue, just hold and eye on them due to the fact they can come off a bit intense. We also noticed school small children on subject trips, spotted a Pizza Hut and understood that they provide their pizzas on bikes as opposed to in this article in the U.S. and we also saw the gorgeous ocean. While there are no beach locations in Santo Domingo the closest seaside in Boca Chica is not extremely much away, it is approximately 19 miles east of the heart of Santo Domingo.

The region does have some good chocolate and their countrywide consume is the Mama Juana – an alcoholic beverage made by infusing spirits with herbs, tree bark, and honey. Also all over the place we went someone was selling a piece of jewellery with the DR’s countrywide stone named Larimar.