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Explora Ecotour

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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About Explora Ecotour
Explora! Ecotour is a small, owner-operated, sustainable ecotourism company based in Santo Domingo. We offer unforgettable private tours to many nature preserves all around the country. With emphasis on sustainability and education, our rain forest, desert, beach, and mountain tours are led by our experienced and knowledgeable, bilingual nature guides.
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sunsetshawty wrote a review Jan 12
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2 contributions
Halle is an awesome guide! He was super knowledgable about the history of the taínos, and the ecology of los haitises. (we also definitely saw the ciguapa)
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sunsetshawty wrote a review Jan 12
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2 contributions
This tour was PERFECT! Manny is so knowledgable and gave us information about the culture of each of the little towns we drove through, as well as the rainforest. The waterfalls are beautiful and a must-see! He also plans the trip so you miss most of the tourist buses which we LOVED.
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Erica T wrote a review Jan 12
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This was our second tour with explora eco tour and absolutely fantastic! We had Halle for the first tour of Los hiatises and Manny for the Monte Plata tour both guides are equally awesome!!! Today’s tour was with Manny to Monte Plata and it’s a short drive from the boca chica area. He was very informational and pointed out several sights along the drive and answered every question we had. The waterfalls were beautiful and the van is very comfortable. He provided us with water, snacks, and a delicious dinner at a local town. It is a family owned buisness, so your money actually goes to locals and not a big corporation! Our Spanish is not so good, but that was not an issue because both guides speak English and Spanish. Thank you Manny and Halle!!! Seriously book with this company I have travelled to 14 countries and this was the best experience of my life!
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Doug W wrote a review Dec 2021
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7-day birding trip. Overall excellent. Chances to see all if not most of the endemic bird species with high probability of success. Only minor birding critique would be to include the Lake Cabral for the Yellow-breasted Crake. Tour company guides speak excellent English and the local birding guiders were outstanding. Fully conversant in conservation issues as well which is greatly welcomed. Very good photography opportunities. Accommodations were mostly good to excellent, although 2 nights in an apartment had no wifi and the shower drain was higher than the floor and bathroom flooded without a tower of towels. The cabin camping was more my style (good cabins, clean bathroom/showers, hot water, excellent food, wifi). They were very safe, excellent drivers, friendly and fun. I would highly recommend Manny and his team for birders both advanced and new.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Arthur H wrote a review Nov 2021
Asheville, North Carolina1 contribution1 helpful vote
My wife and I just returned from a seven day private bird watching tour. We had a wonderful time. All of our guides were professional and very committed to the conservation of the birds and other wildlife of the island. During the tour we were able to see the vast majority (29 species) of endemic birds including such difficult ones as Ridgeway's Hawk and La Selle Thrush. Both Manny and Efram were enjoyable company and we had many interesting conversations with them on a wide range of topics. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in seeing the birds of the Dominican Republic
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Date of experience: November 2021
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