So you’ve arrived in Puerto Plata and you want to see all its iconic sites in one day? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. Join us for an action-packed five hours that squeezes in a spectacular cable car ride, historic sites and epic views galore, a rum tasting at the best rum factory on the island and a traditional Dominican lunch that will introduce you to the foodie delights of our beautiful country. And there’s plenty more where that came from! If you don’t do anything else on your trip but chill and enjoy the Caribbean vibe, you can still go home safe in the knowledge that you have explored the best of what Puerto Plata has to offer if you join us for this memorable day out!
We’re starting on a high for our first stop, 793 meters high to be exact! Hop on the cable car with your expert local guide and zoom to the summit of the Isabel de Torres Mountain. The ride itself provides you with truly astonishing views of the Atlantic Ocean and Puerto Plata City, surrounded by lush green rainforest. This is a great way to get an overview of your surroundings (and snap a few epic pictures for your Instagram account!). Upon reaching the top, we’ll take a stroll through the dreamy cloud forest pathways and spend some time exploring this beautiful national park.
There’s even a Christ the Redeemer statue up here, Rio-style, so of course we’ll stop to toast Him with a local beer, touching the clouds with your hands as they pass by from time to time.
Back on sea level, we’ll hit up one of the best and most important rum factories on the island. You’ll learn about its fascinating history and the process to make the golden nectar before tasting five of our favorite varieties. If you weren’t already, you’ll definitely be in a good mood now!
From here we will head over to the stunning La Puntilla to enjoy dramatic sea views across the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll learn about the colonial history of the island at the San Felipe Fortress and take a short walk around the Harbor, enjoying views of the Isabel the Torres mountain from the ground.
After that, we’ll move on to the historic district of Puerto Plata, where you will learn about the history and architecture of the city and discover the secrets to the laidback Dominican lifestyle.
We’ll then visit the Victorian house of one of our most prominent national heroes where you will discover local history and what life for families during the republican period.
Next up is a visit to a cigar factory where you’ll learn about our most prized export, the cigar. Learn how the experts plant, harvest and select the best tobacco leaves to create and roll the finest Dominican cigars. Try one (if you wish) alongside the ever-popular Dominican national drink – Mamajuana – made with spices, honey, rum and red wine. It’s very moreish, trust us!
By now you will have worked up quite an appetite so to finish your introduction to the highlights of Puerto Plata, we’re going to treat you to a delicious Dominican-style lunch at one of the most charming family-owned small restaurants in the city. So not only will you experience the cultural and historic highlights of the city, but the foodie ones too!
Note that the food samples may vary from tour to tour depending on what is available that day
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Excellent tour with historical background of Santo Domingo This was an excellent walking tour that was organized properly. They set up these different stops so that you can... read moreThis was an excellent walking tour that was organized properly. They set up these different stops so that you can escape the heat by visiting different stores. If you are not used to hot weather, I suggest that you wear a hat. We made a stop to buy bottled water, but for me, I brought some water with me from the start. The traditional fruit market was the highlight for me. This tour was professionally done. We started on time at 9 am, and we ended way after 1 pm. Rainer took us to different places of Santo Domingo: a small pastry shop/cafe with Arabic influence on its architecture (I think the foods were influenced by Arabs as well), a fruit market (traditional market) where you can try different fruits (nispero was awesome), another Dominican pastry shop, and a bakery in Chinatown. We also went to souvenir shops. No one pressure us to buy anything (of course, shopkeepers will try to get your attention to come visit them). At the painting stores, Rainer explained the difference style of Dominican painting versus Haitian painting. As we walk from one place to another, he explained to us the history and the culture of Dominican Republic. If you are interested in these topics (history and culture), you must take this tour. More 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
City of Firsts Tour Jose from Urban Adventures is the ideal guide, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. As a solo traveller - there were four... read moreJose from Urban Adventures is the ideal guide, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. As a solo traveller - there were four of is the tour - this was a great way to discover more of Santo Domingo than I could have done alone in half a day. Apart from the three eyes park (well worth the tour price on its own) it really is a whistlestop tour but whets your appetite to explore some of those sights further. The slightly offbeat theme holds the whole thing together and if you want a tour of Santo Domingo this is definitely to be recommended. read less
Great tour with José. I highly recommend José. He does a terrific job and is very knowledgeable. We will book him for our next visit.
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