There are plenty of cultural attractions throughout La Romana, but Cueva de las Maravillas (also known as Cave of Wonders) is a favorite among visitors. This natural cave system is thousands of years old, as proved by indigenous rock art on the cave walls. Hundreds of pictograms and petroglyphs were engraved in red and black on the stone walls by the Taíno Indian tribe. The cave was discovered by explorers in 1926, and since then, it’s been preserved and kept as a landmark of Dominican history.
A tour of these gigantic caves will provide insight into Dominican history, and guide you along well-lit paths through the crevasses and clusters of rock formations. Here’s everything you need to know before visiting Cueva de las Maravillas.
Is Cueva de las Maravillas worth a visit?
Yes! La Romana is known for its beaches, snorkeling, and all-inclusive resorts. But don’t forget — our coastal paradise offers something for everyone… even the history buffs! Visiting the Cave of Wonders is a special experience for those who crave exploration and a unique cultural experience. When touring the caves, you’ll see stalagmites and stalactites that span back millions of years! Plus, ancient Taíno rock art and preserved artifacts are part of Dominican history. During your tour, you’ll see 400+ pictographs, 10 petroglyphs, carvings on ancient stalagmites, and the Great Panel (a funeral ritual cave painting).
How long is the tour of the Cave of Wonders?
A tour of Cueva de las Maravillas takes about an hour; guides lead small groups along well-lit footpaths to see beautiful natural rock formations and Taíno rock art. The dim lighting sets the mood and creates a warm ambiance around the caves as the guide shares insight into Dominican history.
How do I get to Cueva de las Maravillas?
It’s safe and easy to access the Cave of Wonders as the area is protected by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The cave is located about a 15-minute drive from La Romana. Ask your hotel concierge about arranging a taxi or private car to the caves! If you rent a car in La Romana, there is plenty of parking at Cueva de las Maravillas. Once you arrive, there’s a ticket booth to purchase entry for a small fee.
Before you go…
Because Cueva de las Maravillas is such a sacred place among locals, photography, recordings, or musical devices are prohibited inside the caves. It’s recommended to speak softly during the tour and to wear comfortable shoes. The tour is wheelchair accessible and suitable for children.
Address: San Pedro de Macoris – KM 16, Autovía del Este, Dominican Republic
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Amenities: Clean restrooms, gift shop, museum, and cafeteria
Language: Guides speak English, French, and Spanish