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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that the food samples may vary from tour to tour depending on what is available that day
Day trip to Santo Domingo I can't say enough about Jose. He did an amazing job making the trip interesting to 8 and 11 year-olds,... read moreI can't say enough about Jose. He did an amazing job making the trip interesting to 8 and 11 year-olds, and informative to adults. Touring colonial Santo Domingo on Trikkes, exploring the Three Eyes, visiting the Cocoa museum, and seeing the 4D movie was a perfect family adventure. Thanks, Jose! read less
Incredible tour at an incredible price! This tour was amazing! A blend of both the historical elements of the city as well as the natural elements... read moreThis tour was amazing! A blend of both the historical elements of the city as well as the natural elements found at the National Park. The Los Tres Ojos park was simply breathtaking and our tour guide (Rainer) brought us to see another area of the caves where a 4th lake is. He even discussed the films that have used footage from this area including the original Jurassic Park. It was amazing how some of the lakes seemed to glow a bright teal when the sunlight hit them. Rainer's extensive knowledge of the historical buildings and areas of the city was also excellent. He described the city and his country with such pride and passion. It was exciting to hear about the history from someone who so clearly loves to share it with others. I cannot believe the price of this tour considering how much you are able to see and experience.My only word of warning, when you are leaving the Los Tres Ojos, there are many vendors set up who will instantly harass you and try to get you to buy things. The prices are ridiculous and they are very aggressive. I ended up buying a couple of things just to satisfy them and leave but when my friend politely declined (at least 20 times), the second she turned around, I saw them sneer at her and start speaking very "rudely" about her. They assumed we couldn't understand and continued to say some pretty awful things until our group left. Just be prepared for that. (Not the fault of Rainer or the tour). Again, if you are looking for a way to see a large amount of landmarks and take in the beauty of the city at a very small price, do yourself a favor and book this tour! read less
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
It was just great! We had a super great day in Santo Domingo. We learned so much about the culture and customs in the... read moreWe had a super great day in Santo Domingo. We learned so much about the culture and customs in the Dominican Republic. Time flew by as we walked through the city. The food samples were also delicious! From first sight, we had a cordial relationship with our guide. He was just amazing! Thank you so much for this awesome tour! read less
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