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Jeep Safari Yumuri day tour

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Melissa D wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada16 contributions4 helpful votes
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Best tour I've been on in any vacation destination. Great way to see a lot of Cuba and have fun doing it. We had a great tour guide - wish I remembered his name because he deserved the kudos! You get to drive your own mini Jeep in a group of 4 (need to drive standard, bring your license). You go snorkeling, drive through towns, drive mini speed boats, visit a farm, have a great lunch, go horse-back riding (although this is just on a short trail around the property), then swimming in a cave on the way back. It was a full day and so worth it.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Cheesecakeangel wrote a review Mar 2020
Kelowna, Canada13 contributions7 helpful votes
The “ Jeep Safari” was a lot of adventure packed into one day. There is actually no “off reading”, it’s all on some sort of paved road through the countryside of Matanzas and Matanzas town. Very humbling to see how the locals live. It was a windy day so we couldn’t snorkel because the ocean was too rough. Even if you don’t drink coffee you must go say hello to the farmer at the ranch! Swimming in the cave was very cool and so was the water. The boat ride felt unsafe as the the life jackets were mandatory but they were way too big and the buckles wee broken. It was a single file cruise up and back the river - about 15 minutes. It would have been nice to have some kind of commentary (perhaps with walkie-talkies) as to where we are and what we are seeing or what to look for. It was follow the leader, single file along the roadways. Even at lunch they could explain what the food is instead of just putting it on the table and walking away. The horse back ride is about 5 minutes around the farm house and back.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Dblack014 wrote a review Mar 2020
Porcupine Plain, Canada6 contributions6 helpful votes
The jeep fits four skinny people not large grown men. An extra person not part of our family was added to our Jeep to equal four passengers. They do not tell us this! Which made things more crowded and we were forced to make small talk for a very long ride. The roads were very bumpy but we are used to that in Saskatchewan. I did enjoy the drive but it’s not a safari it’s more driving down a rural dirt road. The worst of everything was the restaurant! Food served family style that was enough for three people had to feed 6. They did have a huge bowl of soup which most likely gets saved to serve again to more guests! It’s not worth your time or money to go.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Janice L wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
There were no rough roads, and no 4 wheel driving. We we in a smaller (Chinese?) suv on mostly paved roads. It did give us a great opportunity to see the more rural side of the Country, driving in back roads through some smaller villages. Unfortunately, we drove through them very quickly, so had no opportunity to hand out the “gifts” we had brought along. We did get to use motor boats on a river, for another view of the countryside. We also had a fantastic lunch in a very pretty park along the river. We also visited an old, defunct coffee plantation (now run by the government for tourism) where we we able to walk through the plantation owners house and interact with a 91 year old gentleman and his wife, both of whom previously worked on the plantation. Lastly, we were taken to Sartuno cave, which is kind of like a Cenote. Very cool and interesting. Too bad it is completely open, nothing seemed off limits - can’t imagine what kind of damage is occurring. A very full day that allowed the opportunity to see parts of Cuba we would. It have seen otherwise.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Cy S wrote a review Jan 2020
Toronto, Canada241 contributions60 helpful votes
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We were lucky to have beautiful weather on this day which meant that we could do all the planned activities. The jeep is a tiny Suzuki Jimny and fitting four would definitely feel cramped. We paid extra for the "exclusive" experience which meant we had the jeep to ourselves as a couple rather than having to share or take turns driving. This also allowed us to fit our stuff in the back seat comfortably. The trip started a bit late, we were picked up 30 min past the scheduled time. And there where was another twenty minute delay at someone who did not know how to drive a stick had signed up for the trip and held back the entire group. You basically drive in a straight path through a couple of towns, following the person in front of you. There is no off-roading involved. There are just some real bumpy roads. There was a lot of driving involved but it was broken up by various stops so it felt okay. We first drove by the snorkeling area but since it was full, we went to the river where we saw a show and then went in a speedboat. The speedboat is again in a straight line, following the group in front of you. You must share and create groups of four. There was a native show and you can purchase drinks, souvenirs or use toilet. All cost money. BYO TP. We then went snorkeling and had a blast. We drove to a farm and stopped to see some fruits, sugar cane juice before having lunch (family-style). It left very little time to try horseback riding or just check out the farm. Lastly, we stopped at the cave but by the time we got there, there were only 15 minutes left to closing. Most of the group jumped in for a swim anyway. On the way back, we were delayed due to one of the jeeps having some issue. Overall, we went with the flow and took the set-backs with ease. The activities were enjoyable and we were lucky that the weather cooperated. A great excursion and our guide Ray was kind. Bring some cash as you will be encouraged to make purchases along the way. Maybe have about 50-60 convertible pesos with you for the day and make sure you can drive manual transmission. Also, while driving through countryside, there were many little kids who would come to the road and wave at the tourists in the jeeps. If we had known beforehand, we would have brought gifts for them. However, we had no idea and left the gifts in the hotel room. There is a camera guy who follows the group around all day. You can then purchase a DVD of pictures/video the next day at your hotel. We made it clear that we were not interested and yet felt very pushed/pressured by the camera guy.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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