Santo-Domingo is the first city in the New World, the colonial part of which is fully declared a world heritage site and is under UNESCO protection.
A professional guide will tell you every detail about pre-Columbian history, reveal the secrets of underground lakes and caves in the city center. Our tour-guide will tell you about the Taino Indians, who inhabited this area before the arrival of Europeans and about the pirates of the Caribbean, for whom Santo-Domingo has long remained a desirable but inaccessible tidbit.
The 16 blocks of the Colonial Zone of Santo-Domingo are the living embodiment of the history and culture of the Dominican Republic at the time when it was still a Spanish colony. The first stop here is the home of Diego Columbus, where the son of the great Navigator lived while serving as Viceroy of the West Indies.
Then, along the paved steps of the Plaza de Espana you can go to the first pedestrian street in the New World and find out why it is called the Las Damas Street. Finally, you can see the most important historical monument in the Western hemisphere, the Cathedral, which took almost 30 years to build.
Lunch at one of the best restaurants in the Colonial Zone
Lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Cathedral is organized as an open buffet. Here you can find a wide variety of dishes: meat, fish, chicken, vegetable salads, fruit. Drinks: coffee, cocoa, Coca-Cola, Sprite, red or white wine, beer.
Optional: in your free time after lunch you can visit the 5-D cinema, where you can literally plunge into the life of Santo-Domingo during the colonial era, meet one of the most famous pirates, Francis Drake. The ticket price is only $5.
One of the most important attractions of the capital is the recently restored Columbus Lighthouse. Its construction began in 1986. It was constructed to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. The construction cost was about $ 70 million. During national holidays, as well as in honor of the opening day of America, 120 powerful searchlights are lit on the roof of the building, which form a huge cross in the sky, which is visible not only from the neighboring country, Puerto Rico, but from space. The monument is also a Museum, where the cultural heritage of the countries that took part in its construction is collected. The shape of the building resembles a cross and symbolizes the Christianization of America.
According to the authorities of the Dominican Republic, the building of the Columbus Lighthouse contains the ashes of the Great Navigator. To this moment, it has not been confirmed that the remains stored in the funeral casket belong to Columbus, since the authorities do not give the permission to conduct a DNA examination.