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Where and when: The office of the Parque Nacional Cuevas de Bourbon o de El Pomier is in the hills overlooking the town of San Cristóbal. Caving is also possible in some of the country's other national parks, including Los Haitises, El Choco, del Este and Jaragua.

Equipment: Appropriate footwear is essential. Rocks in a cave can be treacherously slippery and, although a shoe has yet to be designed which can grip all types of surface, you should exercise common sense when choosing what to put on your feet. Sneakers are a safe bet, but sandals and flip-flops are not a good idea. Helmets, harnesses and all rope for descending into the caves are provided. Your guide will also have a flashlight and a waterproof backpack for food, cameras and other such items. Contrary to what you might think, it does not get particularly cold in the caves. Warm clothing, therefore, is optional.

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