Cueva de las Maravillas is located in the eastern part of Dominican Republic. This great cave is 25 meters depth underground. It has 800 meters of extension from which we can have a nice walk on 240 meters deep down the cave and enjoy the natural beauty as well as have an educational touristic experience.
Its former name was Cueva Jagual, until 1949 when its actual name La Cueva de las Maravillas was given.
Within the cave we can appreciate around 500 paints on wall and engravings where black and red colors are predominant; they were made by tainos, ancient inhabitants of the island. This kind of picture is called cave art.
Since it is an underground place, the predominant fauna of this place is the bat but we can also find some reptiles and insects such as the anolis.
The walk through Cueva de las Maravillas lasts around 35 minutes; it is accomplished by groups of 20 or less people addressed by a guide. In order to protect the cave paintings several actions are forbidden: taking pictures (how do I get this …) or video record, using musical devices, throwing garbage inside the cave, scratching the walls (a legal action could be taken because of this); it is recommended to speak in low voice during the tour.
One information we must have in mind is that the cave has an inside elevator to make oldest, children and handicapped people tour easier. Other interesting information is that we must wear comfortable clothes at visiting this place because it is a cave located in a tropical country so the weather is very humid and hot.