This country has an interior more diverse than most other islands, with a desert and the tallest mountain peaks in the Caribbean. The mountains support lush tropical forests. Here enormous limestone caves containing hundreds of paintings left by ancient indigenous people, hide cool and tranquil pools of water.
The capital, Santo Domingo, is the oldest colonial city in the new world. Here cobbled streets and modern highways are lined by old colonial mansions, brightly colored modern homes and modern retail outlets. The city boasts the oldest cathedral in the Americas built between 1512 and 1540, and it boasts the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.