If you are interested in exploring the entire island, but don’t have enough time to do so, you should consider this exciting itinerary. In four days, you’ll experience two cultural and history cities and will dive into the amazing nature of this part of the island.
Visit the UNESCO heritage site Colonial City of Santo Domingo, drive into the mountains to visit the highest waterfall in the Caribbean and learn about the real lifestyle of the country at Santiago de Los Caballeros where tradition is synonymous of pride.
Take your breakfast at ease and prepare to discover a different side to the Caribbean as we take you on a whistle stop tour of Santo Domingo’s many historic, cultural and natural highlights.
Your local guide will pick you up at 08.030 am. for a walking tour at the UNESCO-listed Colonial District or Colonial City, where a large majority of the island’s cultural highlights can be found. As we go you will spot the first Cathedral, the first court, the first customs and the house where Christopher Columbus once lived, along with countless other national treasures. We counted 23 landmarks in total! Your local guide will explain about the city’s history, nature and vibrant culture.
You will also be able to marvel at all the many ‘first’ buildings that are scattered across Santo Domingo; the first convent in the Americas, the first Hospital, the first restaurant and so on.
Here we will leave you to explore the rest of our buzzing city.
Accommodation at Hotel Nuevo Europa or similar.
Meals: breakfast included Destination(s): Santo Domingo City
Today we hit the road early to head to Constanza. We will have breakfast on the road. Constanza is a rural, pleasant, and small city located over the base of fertile valley surrounded by elevated mountains. It was founded in 1894 by spanish immigrants because of the great climate for agriculture, followed by hungarians, arabs and japanese immigrants that shaped the multicultural roots of this beautiful town.
After our arrival we will hop on a jeep to go visit the Aguas Blancas waterfalls, driving through dirt roads and stunning landscapes. A short hike among pine forest and lush rain forest will take us to the base of the waterfall where you can enjoy the surroundings and have a cold dip into the waters.
Back in the town, a delicious typical lunch will be served in a popular family restaurant fabulously located in front of Plaza Mayor.
In Constanza, you will stay at Hotel Alto Cerro, that has privileged views of the valley and great food. The evening is at leisure, dinner has not been included in favor of your privacy. Enjoy Constanza by night with your partner, family or friends, you can ask your guide for suggestions.
Meals: breakfast, lunch are included Destination(s): Constanza, Salto de Aguas Blancas
After the energetic breakfast we’ll be heading northwards to Santiago de Los Caballeros, via La Vega city, another important city of the center of the island. In Santiago we will visit the Centro Leon, and learn about the Dominican traditions. From here we will go to one of the oldest and most important handmade cigar factory of the island and have a tobacco experience where will learn everything related to growing, rolling and aging the cigars, and interact with the rollers and workers of the factory.
In the evening we will have a night stroll to get the pulse of this traditional city visiting the most iconics areas, including the historical district and the the restauration monument on top of the hill.
Meals: breakfast included Destination(s): La Vega, Santiago De Los Caballeros, Tamboril
After breakfast, outdoors awaits us in the Damajagua Waterfalls natural monument, situated at approximately 45 kilometers from Santiago de Los Caballeros and featuring various hiking trails in the rainforest. Our trail, will let us discover the Damajagua river special shape and rock formations with impressive cascades and ponds, and the area is home to a rich endemic flora and fauna.
After alternating climbing, jumping, sliding but mostly descending, and after having bridged rivers and defying waterfalls, you walk straight to the to the country restaurant, homemade typical food will be served.
The hike is of average difficulty and is generally accessible by all ages, including children (no toddlers) and the elderly, provided that you have an average physical condition. Participants who are unable to hike (e.g. due to medical problems), can settle with a book in the garden of the restaurant until the hikers return for lunch together.
In the afternoon we will return to Santo Domingo, choose again where you would like to dine. A second overnight at Santo Domingo Hotel Nuevo Europa or similar.
Meals: breakfast, lunch are included Destination(s): Santiago de Los Caballeros, Damajagua Waterfalls, Santo Domingo
Great tour My husband and I are world travelers, and although we were mainly in the DR for a beachfront vacay, we... read moreMy husband and I are world travelers, and although we were mainly in the DR for a beachfront vacay, we wanted to learn something about the country. On this tour, we learned about (and sampled) the food and drink, the culture, the people, and the history of the DR. Highlights included spontaneously being included in the filming of a TV trailer, seeing a music video being filmed, and learning about the complex racial and colonial history of the country. Our guide, Rainer, was very cheerful and informed. As a point to improve, I only understood about 90% of what he said due to accent, and when I asked for clarification, my husband missed it, as he didn’t hear my questions. Rainer also helped me find treats I could enjoy despite my very special dietary needs. Skip breakfast beforehand! read less
Trikke tour with Luis This is a super fun trike trip around the Colonial district of Santa Domingo. Luis was very knowledgeable about the... read moreThis is a super fun trike trip around the Colonial district of Santa Domingo. Luis was very knowledgeable about the region and was in tune with our needs as well since it was a very hot day so he took us mid trip to a local watering hole for the local cerveza Presidente. The area is full of rich history and beautiful buildings. The tour is very easy to navigate and to ride but make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes sunscreen and a hat will fit under the mandatory helmets. I would do this again and ask for Luis. 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
Great & Wonderful Tour! My husband and I took three of these tours. Trikke, First of Santo Damingo, & Walking tour w/Jose and Rainer... read moreMy husband and I took three of these tours. Trikke, First of Santo Damingo, & Walking tour w/Jose and Rainer and we were glad we did. They both made each tour very informative and personable. We highly recommend all of their tours you won't regret it!!! read less
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