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Santo Domingo Urban Adventures

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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About Santo Domingo Urban Adventures
Santo Domingo Urban Adventures is about a new style of travel experience for those who want to get off the beaten path and really connect with a destination. Short as a couple of hours, or as long as a whole day, but in every case you'll be taken to interesting places to meet locals, get acquainted with the local food, culture, and traditions with a local expert guide.
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huminous wrote a review Mar 2020
Canberra, Australia7 contributions
We went on a tweaked tour organised for our large group (split into smaller groups). We got a little history (cathedral, 4D cinema telling a story of Santo Domingo, a little architecture knowledge, cathedral, etc), but my favourite parts were the chocolate/rum tasting (I got most of my gifts for home here) and the local food buffet at the end with local music. Our guides, Dealones and Pasqualle (sorry if the spelling is wrong on those) were friendly and knowledgable.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Jane D wrote a review Mar 2020
Wallingford, Vermont28 contributions6 helpful votes
We were part of a large group tour (a couple hundred people organized into smaller, but still fairly large groups of 40 or so people) that included a walking tour through the oldest parts of Santo Domingo with stops at historic sites along the way, plus a visits to a chocolate museum (which was great), a 4D cinema (which was a bit cheesy), and a slightly-too-long stop at a tourist shop, culminating in a truly lovely lunch buffet in an old colonial hotel, with a rum tasting and visits from Carnival "diablos". Despite that, with such a large group, it could be hard to hear the explanations of the various historical stops, our guide was really warm and friendly, and happy to chat or answer questions, as was the young woman who helped shepherd our group. In all, it was a delightful few hours' easy walking tour.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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123Jennywren wrote a review Mar 2020
Arlington, Virginia7 contributions1 helpful vote
We were part of the group of 200+ that went on a 4 hour custom walking tour. Our subgroup of 48 people was way too big to hear the tour guide. I might have heard 10% of what our guide said. We stood on the sidewalk outside a fort. We stood on a sidewalk outside a church. We stood on a sidewalk in a park. We went to 2 tourist stores. Most of our time was spent in the tourist stores. One of the stores was called a chocolate factory, but it was much more of a store. We stood around on sidewalks for literally hours. We did get to go in one museum to watch a 4D movie about the early history of Santo Domingo, but we’re not allowed to look around at the rest of the museum. At the end we met up with the rest of our group for a buffet lunch that ran out of food. We had to stand in the courtyard for more than 30 minutes before our group was allowed in to sit for lunch. The best part of the day was the interesting mansion where we had lunch and the live musicians that performed at the end of lunch. We paid $70 each for this tour. I regret spending our limited time in Santo Domingo on this tour. I would have been much happier actually going into the fort (actually inside as the other independent tourists did), walking around the area on our own, and going to a local restaurant for lunch. I heard from friends in some of the other subgroups of our larger group had a better experience than we did.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Andy A wrote a review Mar 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana82 contributions7 helpful votes
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Jose organized a custom tour for our massively large group, more than two hundred people, organized into nine groups that traveled different routes, but all ending up at the same buffet in a beautiful, colonial hotel. We learned about the history and culture of the place, walking past various buildings, plazas, and monuments, visited the chocolate museum where we got many interesting tastes of different types of chocolate, took a fun respite in the 4D cinema, and got to experience local music and Carnival characters, diablos cojuelos. Jose was an enthusiastic organizer and guide, finding fun extra things to include in our program. The food was very good and the rum and other drinks quite enjoyable. The size of our groups was way too big -- I'd thought we'd agreed on 24 person groups but ended up in 48 person groups where it was impossible for everyone to hear the guide -- and a small number of people didn't get to try everything on the buffet, but overall we were very well taken care of and I'm happy to recommend Jose and his team.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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SeanB wrote a review Feb 2020
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The first disappointment was discovering that what we were excited to see was as a group turned out to be my fiancée and myself. I have to admit , our tour guide Miguel was extremely knowledgable about the history of the DR, but lost me when he continued to put his foot in his mouth. I foudn him to be rude, and unsymaptehetic to American culture. Miguel spoke about the plight of Haitians in a rather racist and ignorant tone explaining that Haitians arent successful anywhere because they dont make attempts to blend in to the culture. Little did Miguel know, that I am Haitian American and quite sucessful. Miguel continued to make unprofessional sexual refernces through the night, telling me at one point if I were in DR I'd probably be a tigre which in English is a street hustler who takes advantage of women. We were lookign forward to drinks, Miguel bought one large beer at the bodega and we shared it. We were rushed through every activity, and the final straw was at our last stop, we had cocktails. Miguel loudly spoke about how everyone in this restaurant was rich, you can tell but that we were probably the poorest dressed people in the place. AT that point, I shut it down. I no longer had the appetite or the patience to spend another moment with this jerk. DR's economy is largely based on tourism. It would greatly benfit this young man to study the culture of his clientel and to keep his personal opinions to himself. I will never take this tour again and I would never recommend to anyone.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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