The Bahoruco Mountain Range, situated very close to the southwest city of Barahona, is where national and international visitors will find the scenic trail of “La Cueva de la Virgen,” – the Cave of the Virgin.
This new mountain trail has become an important eco-tourism destination in the region thanks to the efforts and support of the province’s tourism cluster and the Casa Bonita Hotel.
The first stretch of the course to reach the trail has to be carried out on all-terrain vehicles, which leave the “Casa Bonita Hotel” at 8.30 a.m.
During the seven-kilometer ride, visitors will pass through coffee nurseries, and marvel at the exceptional beauty of the Bahoruco and Larimar rivers.
The 30-minute ride is a full sensory and visual experience, rich in sounds, smells and diverse landscapes.
During this part of the ride visitors will see the crystalline natural pools created by the Bahoruco River known as “Los Morones.” The second part of the journey, a two-kilometer stretch, visitors will enter into a moist tropical forest.
At the end of the trail visitors will see a natural cave, situated under a highly stratified layer of rocks that is known by all as the Cave of the Virgin.
Once inside visitors will access the large cave through a wooden staircase. At the bottom of the cave, there is a natural waterfall.
Once the tour is completed, the hikers will return to “Los Morones,” where the vehicles will be waiting for the return back to the hotel.
The tour lasts about an hour and a half, and can be complemented with a zipline ride that will take the visitor through the beautiful tree tops and from where the scenery is absolutely spectacular. The tour is completed with a pizza lunch prepared with fresh-picked vegetables from the hotel’s organic garden and cooked in a wooden oven conveniently situated under a lush mango tree in the middle of the rainforest.
This is truly a unique experience to learn about the local flora and fauna of the region.
– Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and visor or caps to protect from the sun
– Bring plenty of water to prevent dehydration