Lounging on the beach is an essential part of the Caribbean experience but if you’re looking for a break from the sand, surf and cocktails, the Dominican Republic has plenty of culture and breathtaking natural wonders to explore. This tour takes you to the heart of the island where you’ll take a dip in the most stunning waterfalls, visit one of the country’s most important churches and enjoy a traditional lunch at one of our favourite family-owned restaurants, located deep in the countryside. You’ll be glad you took a morning off from sunbathing to soak up some of the island’s hidden treasures with us!
Your tour begins in spectacular fashion, with a visit to one of the island’s most picturesque waterfalls, which just so happens to be in the heart of a beautiful rainforest. A short hike will transport you to Socoa Waterfall, where the emerald colour of the pool beckons those who visit to enjoy a refreshing dip!
After cooling off underneath one of nature’s wonders, we’re going to absorb some local culture now, with a stop at a typical rural house, where you will learn about the laidback Dominican lifestyle in the rural centre of the island.
We’ll then head to the village of Bayaguana, one of the most important pilgrimage centres in the country and visit the Holy Christ of Bayaguana at the colonial church. We’ll also make a stop nearby to try some local milk treats.
From here we will have another dip, this time at Comatillo Waterfalls, and admire the breathtaking natural beauty of this diverse island.
Next up, we’ll take a scenic drive through the tropical countryside to the heart of the island to meet the locals and explore their colourful homes. We’ll also make a stop at our third and final waterfall of the day, the Salto Alto Waterfall.
These are all our favourite waterfalls, surrounded by lush forest with a lake large enough for a good swim.
You will have built up quite an appetite by now, so we’ll finish your day of nature and culture with lunch at a charming family restaurant where you’ll taste real Dominican food from the countryside. You will try two of our national dishes, el sancocho (a thick soup made with lots of vegetables and meat) and la bandera (Rice, beans, salad and meat), and of course, our Dominican beer, covered with white bridal dress (that means in a frosted bottle). Plus, we’ll try mamajuana, a local speciality you’re sure to love!
After lunch, your tour guide will take you back to your hotel or some other centrally located spot. Before you go, don’t forget to ask for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your vacation.
Dress standard: Please bring a hat or cap, sunglasses, bathing suit, towel, change of dry clothes.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher. If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours. If you make your last minutes booking, you should call to our local hotline number to check the availability
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Dietary Notes: We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests. You can do so in the ‘Additional information’ box at checkout, or by emailing us at email@example.com
Note that the food samples may vary from tour to tour depending on what is available that day
Insider look at Santo Domingo for travelers This was an excellent overview of the colonial quarter, Chinatown and the markets, which lasted 4 hours. I really enjoyed... read moreThis was an excellent overview of the colonial quarter, Chinatown and the markets, which lasted 4 hours. I really enjoyed the markets and to see some of the historic structures of the city. Rainer was waiting for us at the prescribed location and wore a T-shirt inscribed with the logo of the tour company which was very important for finding him, as this area of Santo Domingo is crawling with would-be tour guides who are trying to hustle business and might charge you a second time if you make a mistake. I also appreciated there was a second rep of the company to stay behind and to head off any trouble as some of these areas could be a little sketchy. Rainer's English was very good, although I occasionally had to interpret a world for my wife who does not speak Spanish. I wish that the history presented were a little less official propaganda and freer to wrestle with the true challenges in this very economically challenged area. A final highlight was trying many different fruits, bakery items, coffee and even a beer at the end. read less
Walking food tour This was a very interesting experience. I wasn’t expecting to go to a Chinatown but as my wonderful guide Lewis... read moreThis was a very interesting experience. I wasn’t expecting to go to a Chinatown but as my wonderful guide Lewis explained the food reflects the history. He told me about immigration policies and their influence on food. The tour was good but when I explained I was having trouble with ATMs he went above and beyond helpful. He took me to banks I didn’t know about. He took me back to the office to ring the card centre. He didn’t leave me until it was resolved. As an older woman travelling solo with only English it can be very stressful dealing with problems. Lewis was calm and courteous. Thank you again Lewis. You are the best More read less
Best day ever -) I have booked this tour via web site ... i did such reservation first time in my life and was... read moreI have booked this tour via web site ... i did such reservation first time in my life and was a little bit worried especially because it was in such city as Santo DomingoBut I have received all the confirmation and nesessary information on my mail very soon. On the meeting point I found a very pleasant tour guide Louise. The tour suppose to be the group one but I was alone this day so it was an individual that is very good .Louis is very intelligend and educated guy. We spent increadable 4 hours being in not really touristic places that you will never see alone. Louis also helped me with some hotel questions . So I truly recommend to use Urban Adventure service -))) read less
Best Tour Guides Ever!! We booked with Jose Uribe for a two day tour for 4 people. I have been to the Dominican 2... read moreWe booked with Jose Uribe for a two day tour for 4 people. I have been to the Dominican 2 times prior however this was the best trip ever! Jose was very kind and made our travels fun. The trike tour was head up by Rainer which was awesome as well! We spent two weeks in the Dominican and this was by far the highlight of our trip. I will only book my tours with Jose anytime we are in the Dominican. read less
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