You should read...
The Origins of Carnival
Lynne Guitar, Ph.D. history/anthropology and our Colonial Zone tour guide has written "The Origins of Carnival". Read it and let your imagination to fly!
Available on Thursday and Friday
Colonial City Walking Tour
Starting from the Hotel Intercontinental at 4:15 pm and ending back at the hotel 7pm, or you can opt to stay and dine in front of the Columbus House.
You'll see most of the historical buildings and you'll hear fascinating stories about Tainos, Africans, Christopher Columbus, and the island's Spanish colonizers.
When guiding you through the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, Lynne Guitar jokes that although she has a Ph.D. in History, she has a horrible time remembering dates. For her, ¨history¨ is dominated by the word ¨story,¨ and she prefers to tell stories about the people who have lived in the region for 500 years or more, rather than cite dates. The people in her stories include Taíno Indians, Africans, and Europeans. Although the Spaniards wanted to recreate a European city in Santo Domingo, which was the first American frontier, Indians and Africans left their marks, too, for it was they who built the magnificent mansions, churches, forts, and administrative centers—many of which are now romantic ruins. Santo Domingo was known as ¨the mother¨ of all the lands settled by Spaniards in the New World, for it was the provisioning grounds, proving grounds, and staging grounds for all the Spaniards´ exploration, exploitation, and colonization of the Americas, the island where patterns of conquest and slavery as well as of co-existence with both Indians and Africans were perfected before those patterns were replicated in the new Spanish colonies.
You should see the biggest attraction of DR
Santo Domingo Carnival
The big national Carnival parade in Santo Domingo takes place along the Malecon (in front of hotel Intercontinental). It normally takes place the first Sunday in March. Santo Domingo has its own small carnival parade on Sundays throughout February, along Avenida Mexico (near Calle Duarte) from about 3pm to 8pm. La Vega's carnival parades are the same day, same time, but in La Vega.
The carnivals are not part of the Bachata Festival program, bou should extend your holiday to see them.
Look at the videos to get some idea!