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Country Safaris

Bavaro, Dominican Republic
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Country Safari offers full day and half day tours along the country side of Punta Cana - Bavaro, the Dominican Republic. Visit Macao Beach, a typical Dominican house, plus a coffee and cacao plantation, tasting included, a butterfly garden and so much more... Lunch and drinks included.
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Discover the 'real' Dominican Republic on this 4-hour cultural safari from Punta Cana. With your local guide, journey out into the yucca, pineapple and sugar cane plantations that cover most of the island's countryside. Learn about the culture and history of the people and land through your guide's engaging commentary. Stroll through a butterfly garden, visit a typical Dominican countryside home and stop at a local school near the town of Higuey. Spend some time enjoying the surf and sand of Macao Beach and try your hand at boogie boarding. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels is included.
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HolaT1B wrote a review Apr 2021
San Antonio, Texas11 contributions4 helpful votes
Worth it. Pick up from the hotel was on time, and smooth. 2 hr drive up to the mountains was long, but nice to see the countryside, and towns. Sugar cane, cigars tour was good even though I don't smoke. I really enjoyed the coffee and chocolate tour. I've seen these before, but this was probably the nicest one I've been on. Church tour was nice, although brief, and the highlight was the lunch at Maria's. The stop at the river was ok, only 2 people went swimming. Overall, this was a great tour. Ruddy was knowledgable and personable, just a fantastic guide. Our driver, Rolando was professional, safe, and reliable. Glad my wife booked this, was very worthwhile glad we did it
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Date of experience: April 2021
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El P wrote a review Apr 2021
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Maria is very good cook and very nice. It was nice of her to open her home to all of us. Ruddy was a great tour guide very knowledgeable. Going to the river was very refreshing because I was getting sweaty. The Church was very beautiful and Ienjoyedtheexperience. It was just my Mom and I who went but they don't have that in who was with you option. Now the downfall I thought we would stop at local shops. We just drove by things took a picture of there "public hospital". It was good experience to try once.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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louiseb130 wrote a review Mar 2021
Dayton, KY42 contributions74 helpful votes
We booked a last minute getaway through Vacation Express to the Royalton Bavaro all inclusive resort. While there we booked the Bavaro Runners Country Safari. They picked us up at the resort, and after a couple of bus changes, we met up with our group. Tour guide Gregorio and driver Francisco took us around the countryside and the foothills of the mountains outside of the resort area of Punta Cana. In Higuey we saw a real Dominican city with all its businesses and residents. We visited the cathedral basilica and learned how important the Roman Catholic faith is to Dominicans. Gregorio had mentioned how everyone in the Dominican Republic knows everyone else, and during our drive it seemed he was right! He told us along the way who was manning each market and told us a greeting to call out to each shop owner. It was wonderful to see how Dominicans greet their friends and travelers to their country. We visited an area where cigars are rolled and saw a demonstration of that. On that stop, we were able to walk around the grounds, and Gregorio told us all about the different plants and animals in the area. The most interesting section of that stop was when we stopped at a map of Hispaniola and he explained the history of the country and the differences between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Next we stopped at a typical Dominican home and had a lovely lunch prepared by Dona Maria and her family. Afterwards we walked around and saw how coffee and cacao are prepared and sampled some of each. It was fascinating to see how people live, and how everything is still done by hand in that part of the country. I would highly recommend this group, especially with Gregorio and Francisco, both of whom are knowledgeable, friendly, and hilarious!
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Jamieamstae wrote a review Dec 2020
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We really enjoyed this half-day excursion to see more of the Dominican Republic and how its residents live and farm. With Covid, the one-day tour was reduced to a 1/2 day, but we still learned a ton and had a great time. The guide, Alex, was very knowledgeable about the culture and history of the area. We got to taste and see how chocolate and coffee are processed in-country as well as see more of the beautiful countryside. We also visited a local beach. I'm so glad we did this tour - it was good to get away from the hotel for a day and see more of the DR
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Louis V wrote a review Mar 2020
Fort Erie, Canada12 contributions11 helpful votes
My wife & I booked this half day tour through nexus at our resort. On the brochure we were to pass a school, but the nexus rep assured us that we would actually enter the school.we visited the plantation, and the coffee making, chocolate making, and the cigar making. The tour guide Amelio was fantastic and spoke 3 languages to the small group. At this point we thought we would go to the school nor Amelio nor the driver had any intention of going to the school. My wife as an ex-teacher was ready for the highlight of the tour and it did not happen. Other guests on the tour were also disappointed as they brought gifts for the children. We had asked to get half our moneybachpk, but they said no. The half day tour was now only 2 1/2 hours. Do not believe their brochure. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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