Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Cuevas del Pomier in San Cristobal

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While we were researching (well, mostly me ;-) what we wanted to do during our time here in the Dominican Republic one thing that we were really excited about was the Cuevas Del Pomier (also known as the San Cristobal caves). It was about an hour outside of Santo Domingo with traffic and well worth it, especially since Ruben the taxi driver took us there so we didn't have to find it on our own. It was a hot ride at times, but I really loved driving through the town of San Cristobal on the way. The town was so alive with what I assume are very typical Dominican scenes and the whole time I wished I could stop and take pictures without them seeing me :-). Guys slamming down their dominoes, teenage girls walking together down the road, a butcher cutting meat in his little aluminum stall, etc. but back to the caves...
There are 55 caves in all and they contain the largest collection of pictographs in the Caribbean. The drawings are mostly by the Taino but also the Carib and Igneri and were first discovered in 1851. Mike and I spent a lot of time when we lived in Utah exploring and looking for the pictographs by the Fremont Indians so in my mind I think I was expecting these to be much the same as far as location (out in the open) but instead we were climbing around inside pitch black caves. The drawings were very well preserved because they are protected from the elements and the caves themselves were a cool experience, full of stalactites and stalagmites.
When we arrived they had us put on helmets which seemed a bit excessive since at first we were walking in pretty open spaces. As we were taken in farther though Mike and I both bumped our heads more than once, so they were appreciated :-). The kids really enjoyed it overall. Addie and Preston even were brave enough to touch the antennae on the huge spiders that are in the caves! So gross. One of my favorite moments was going into an area where hundreds of bats were flying around. Addie and Preston thought they were so cute and wanted to touch them haha! Those two are crazy.
At one point we had to squeeze through a little opening to get into the 2nd cave and Ella was pretty nervous about it, but she did it! We only went through the 2 largest caves but they are willing to take you into all of them which is pretty cool. Definitely a fun little day trip for us!
our taxi guy was hilarious and I loved trying to understand what he and Mike were talking about
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what happens when Ella gets ahold of my phone for a minute :-)
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And finally getting the adventure started!
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this little carving was up at the ceiling
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a fossil in the rock
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Headed to Cave 2...and then seeing what we had to crawl through :-)
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I thought this was a little music man, but I guess he's smoking a pipe :-)
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