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Parque Histórico La Isabela

<img src="../parks/parks-laisabella.gif" width="120" height="85" align="right">The Parque Histórico La Isabela is consistently in the Dominican Republic's top ten most visited protected areas - no doubt because of the site's huge historical significance as the first European settlement in the New World. The archaeological excavations, however, are somewhat limited. The site is divided into three zones: two civilian and one military zone known as El Castillo. It is here that excavations have revealed the outlines of what experts believe were Columbus' house, the church where the first mass in the New World was held, and an observation tower used by the Great Admiral to gaze at the stars.<br> <br> <span class="bigsubtitle">Fact File</span><br> <br> <b>Access:</b> There is no easy way to get to La Isabela. The most direct route is to take a gua-gua from Puerto Plata to Imbert, then another to Luperón. From here you can get a motoconcho to La Isabela. Count on this journey taking about two hours in total. Alternatively, you can go on an organized tour.

Other Park Files:
Parque Nacional del Este
Parque Nacional Los Haïtises
Parque Nacional Isla Cabritos
Parque Nacional El Choco
Parque National Monte Cristi
Parque Nacional Armando Bermúdez and Parque Nacional José del Carmen
Parque Nacional Loma Isabel de Torres
Parque Nacional Cuevas de Bourbon o de El Pomier
Parque Histórico La Vega Vieja
Parque Nacional Jaragua
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