LOS MANATIALES DE BAYAHIBE
THE SPRINGS OF BAYAHIBE
In the Bayahibe area there are no rivers or streams. However, here human settlements have flourished since prehistoric times, being located around the characteristic sources of water that emerge on the ground or within some caves: the springs.
Bayahibe stands out for having several of these fountains in different parts of the town, creating scenic natural pools that complete the magnificent panorama of its bay. About two kilometers towards the mountain, other springs are concentrated in the caves of the Padre Nuestro area, which has been included in the territory of the Parque Nacional del Este because it is the only water deposit for the local community and tourist structures. Fountains are also found in other areas of the Park, which allowed the development of different towns in pre-Columbian times, today reduced to archaeological remains.
Gelen Brito, a model for love of the environmental cause, is a young leader of this town who is focusing her development on her natural and cultural wealth. For the second consecutive year, the beautiful vice mayor has won the provincial selections of the National Award of the Ministry of Youth, in the line Preservation and Promotion of Natural Resources
For centuries, the springs of Bayahibe have been the social center of the communities that have succeeded here; Even today fragments of archaeological pieces of ceramics, stone and shell are easily found in its surroundings.
In pre-Columbian culture they were sacred sites, called jagüeyes, and the place name Bayahibe itself, chosen by the Tainos, was probably related to water, according to scientists (Adolfo López Belando).