Country Adventure - Safari
Duration: Full Day
Travel off the beaten track during your holiday in the Dominican Republic as you head deep into the countryside of Punta Cana, one of the country’s most beautiful regions. This fascinating tour will introduce you to the culture and history of the local people as you travel through some of the Caribbean’s most breathtaking landscapes.
Departing from your hotel on a comfortable truck, a professional local tour guide will accompany you as you are driven to Punta Cana. Located on the Dominican Republic’s most easternmost tip, this beautiful region is renowned for its lush green countryside and stunning tropical coastline. Blessed with dazzling white-sand beaches and crystal clear aquamarine waters, this part of the country draws many a visitor to its shores.
As we head out into the countryside we make several stops on the way, including a typical country house and villages, and a small café in which you can sample the local specialties. You will also visit the elementary school "La Seiba", where you will be warmly welcomed by the friendly local children. We drive onwards past sugar and tobacco plantations, taking in the picturesque landscapes on the way, until we reach a cigar museum.
Known as “Cigar Country", the Dominican Republic is the largest producer of cigars in the world. This isn’t hard to believe seeing as the country boasts over 600,000 acres of tobacco plants. Some of the best quality cigars around the globe are made here and most tourists can’t resist leaving with samples. Learn how the tobacco leaves are aged, cured, fermented and sorted before being hand-rolled into cigars by local workers. The leaves can be left to age at the cigar factory for up to two years, depending on the type of cigar required. In the museum you can see interesting displays of old photographs and a collection of authentic tools relating to the tobacco industry.
We continue onwards through the countryside to a local ‘finca’ (farm), where you can taste delicious tropical fruits and learn about locally grown plants such as café (coffee), cocoa and vanilla. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Dominican lunch of beans, rice meat and salad before relaxing in one of the ‘hamacas’ (nets).
You can also spend your time swimming in the river or horseback riding through the farmland. On the way back we will stop at a ‘colmados’ (local store) where you will get the chance to shop for local products such as rum or coffee at bargain prices. To round off the day, relax on powdery white sands or enjoy a refreshing swim in the sparkling turquoise ocean at Playa del Macao, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.
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