El Choco Caves
The limestone caves at El Choco are breathtaking. They are 5 million years old, and it shows. Just kidding, these caves are well worth a visit.
A guide will take you through the forest and down into a dark maze of corridors. Tours last about an hour and a half, and you’ll explore a few of the over 200 caves at El Choco.
There is electric lighting down there, but it’s unreliable and can cut out. That’s why you carry flashlights, so you can explore the caves and feel like Indiana Jones.
Limestone is a soft, porous rock. Flowing water from rivers has shaped the caves and formed lagoons, where you can swim. The pools are deep enough to dive in some places, but this is absolutely not recommended if you are not an experienced cave diver already.
You’ll see stalactites hanging from the ceiling and stalagmites rising up from the cave floor. You’ll take in the local cavelife, including native frogs, spiders, bats, fish and shrimp.
As always, please be super respectful of the environment at El Choco. Try your very best not to leave any signs that you were there, that is, leave no rubbish or damage.
Enjoy the Cabarete local treasure that is El Choco National Park, however you choose to explore it. Although not as well-known as our beaches, the park and caves would make an awesome addition to your active vacation in the Caribbean!