We decided to go to El Limon upon reviews. My worst nightmare came alive when I saw the poor horses being loaded with big, heavy people, the horses sruggles, some were old and thin, looked weak.
I cannot stop hating myself for not refusing to go when I saw them, but I figured the ride would be short and they'd be okay. It was totally WRONG!!!!!!!!. In addition to the horses being old and abused, the terrain up the mountain consisted of slippery, jagged edged rocks and 15 inch deep mud after tropical torrential rain.The inclines are up to 60 degrees. The horses struggle, their legs were slipping and the human guides continually whip the horses behinds to get them to continue on the treacherous terrain - both up and down. It was horrible. We were afraid for the horses to break their legs and also for us to fall off. One guy actually has fallen, but luckily, he didnt break anything. I begs my guide to let me walk, but he constantly refused as he thought, he would not get a tip.
It was beautiful area and I would have preferred to walk, even in the mud. I could not see much around, because I was constantly getting ready for a fall. The guise was speaking ok English and constantly complained all the way, how life is bad here, hat could he do with some money, he tried to be very helpful, which was so obvious, he was working on his tip. Unfortunately for him, the company who brought us to the trip, gave us money for his tip and told us not to bring any more with us, so the guide got only 150 dominican pessos. He obviously was not pleased. I complained to my tour company about this issue, they told me, that the guides put up the show to tourists, that they get salary and tips and that I should not worry about them.
I would not go on this tour ever again, unless I can only walk and spend more time in tis beautiful area. We were first on the spot, but they have us maybe an hour to enjoy it and it was not enough.Also If you have any feelings for animals, please do not go on this tour.
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