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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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Private Eco Tour of the Waterfalls of the Monte Plata Rainforest

Our private waterfalls of the Monte Plata rain forest tour from Santo Domingo takes you about an hour from the city to a lush tropical rain forest and 2 spectacular waterfalls found there, Salto de Socoa and Sierra de Agua. At both spots you can swim in the cool and clean waters of the river or simply enjoy the amazing beauty and peace of the lush tropical rain forest. After spending the morning at the Socoa Falls, set off on a short scenic drive through the countryside on our way to the second waterfall, on route we enjoy a typical Dominican style lunch prepared by locals.

Next, a short 10 minute drive takes to our grand finale, the spectacular Sierra de Agua Waterfalls. This beautiful protected waterfall is made up of three side by side 50 foot waterfalls that create a crystal clear pool of water perfect for enjoying a refreshing dip. Visiting this region provides you with a unique opportunity to see a part of the real Dominican Republic that not many tourists get to see.
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7 hours
from $150.00

Private Hiking and Cave Swimming Tour in National Park of the East

Our National Park of the East private nature tour from Santo Domingo gets you away from the big city and into pristine forest with the best local nature guides around. Our 1.5 hour nature walk takes you through one of the most pristine forests in the Dominican Republic and visits several caves, one of which you can go swimming in. Our adventure begins on the outskirts of the quiet fishing town of Bayahibe, where people have lived and fished for over 1,000 years. Once in the area we set out on a light hike into the beautiful National Park of the East, a vast dry tropical forest and one of the largest parks in the country. We spend the morning exploring the trails and then swimming at a spectacular cave just off trail. Next, we enjoy a delicious Dominican style lunch prepared by a local family in the nearby sea side community of Bayahibe. After lunch we explore the beautiful village a bit and take you to some of our favorite spots in town before heading back to Santo Domingo.
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8 hours
from $170.00

Private Boat Eco Tour of Los Haitises National Park

Magical private boat tour in one of our most amazing nature preserves, Los Haitises National Park. Explore our largest mangrove forest, visit large caves with indigenous art, see a wide variety of wildlife, and enjoy breathtaking views of the large limestone cliffs and small islands that dot this spectacular coastline. Afterwards, we visit the historic fishing village of Sabana de la Mar for a delicious Dominican style lunch. An unforgettable day mixed with nature, history and culture.
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12 hours
from $175.00

Private Kayaking Eco Tour of Los Haitises National Park

Magical private kayaking tour in one of our most amazing nature preserves, Los Haitises National Park. Explore our largest mangrove forest, visit large caves with indigenous art, see a wide variety of wildlife, and enjoy breathtaking views of the large limestone cliffs and small islands that dot this spectacular coastline. Afterwards, we visit the historic fishing village of Sabana de la Mar for a delicious Dominican style lunch. An unforgettable day mixed with nature, history and culture.
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12 hours
from $175.00

Private Boat Eco Tour of Saona Island from Santo Domingo

Our Saona Island private boat tour from Santo Domingo gets you off the beaten path allows you to discover the natural beauty of the island in a very different way. The largest island in Dominican waters, this beautiful nature preserve is very popular and gets visited by millions of tourists year round. While most of the visitors are only shown a very small portion of the island, our unique nature tour takes you away from the crowds to explore virgin beaches, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, enjoy an amazing lunch at the sleepy fishing village of Mano Juan, visit a local turtle conservation center, and take a dip in a gorgeous sand bar in the middle of the ocean. Allow us to show you the greener, less touristy side of this pristine tropical paradise!
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10 hours
from $220.00
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Dana T wrote a review Apr 2020
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I took two tours with Manny of Exlora Ecotours while in the Dominican Republic in early February. One was a solo private birding tour and the other was a visit to two rivers and waterfalls with my wife. Manny knows his birds! I saw many of the indigenous species and he was very good at knowing when and where to find them. My wife and I enjoyed the waterfall walks very much. We had lunch at a very nice lodge and the food was great.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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marty15101 wrote a review Feb 2020
Allison Park, Pennsylvania32 contributions13 helpful votes
We recently visited Punta Cana and my wife and I thought we'd enjoy some birding while we were there. We arranged before we left to use Explora Ecotour. I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful experience that it was. Manny is patient, extremely knowledgeable and a hell of a nice guy. We enjoyed our time with him and saw 22 species of birds that we hadn't seen before. All in a beautiful state park next to the ocean. Get out and enjoy nature with this guy! You will find out what lovely country the Dominican is and get a nice break from the beach. Thank you Manny! Best day of our trip.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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travelingscholar11 wrote a review Jan 2020
Houston, Texas11 contributions1 helpful vote
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We did the Rio Blanco Rainforest and Coffee Private Tour from Santo Domingo. TLDR: If you want to get away from the resort "bubble," learn about the real DR, and support community-based environmentally sustainable tourism, this tour is worth every penny and more. We had communicated via email with Manny prior to the trip and he made it so easy. He was there waiting for us exactly when he said he would be. He spent a good part of his childhood in the US so he speaks English with native fluency. We had a great conversation all the way up to the mountains in a very comfortable van. Showed us around to the beautiful waterfall, pointed out things of interest on the road, and related immediately to our interests in birds, plants, forestry, and education. The Coffee plantation was AMAZING. We instantly felt at home. They brought us out fresh coffee to enjoy, and the head of the co-op, Estevan, came out to chat with us about his work and his vision. It was clear that he and Manny had a mutual respect and rapport. We took a hike down to the river and Manny made sure my Mom and I (who are NOT hikers) had walking sticks and could manage the path). Since it's mid-winter, the river was too cold and moving too quickly to swim (it's about 20 degrees cooler in the mountains than on the coast) but we enjoyed our walk down to the river and looking at the trees, birds, and lizards who frequent the area. We went back to the coffee plantation and had an incredible traditional lunch of chicken, rice, plantains, more coffee, and more great conversation with Estevan. After a tour of the farm and the variety of plants and animals they cultivate, we headed back to Santo Domingo. Manny's passion for his company, and the DR as a whole, is clear. I was thrilled to learn more about the "real" DR, and have my money go to an individual who is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the vibrance, environment, and culture of the Dominican Republic. I will be specifically recommending this tour company to every single person I know who is traveling to the DR.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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_dccopley wrote a review Jan 2020
Victoria, Canada2 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I recently took a trip to the Dominican Republic (early December 2019) and we enlisted Manny Jimenes from Explora! Dominicana to help us with the birding that we wanted to do while we were there. No matter what sort of a trip you have in mind, the first thing you will notice is Manny’s response time – he answers your email right away and is always very helpful and informative. To us this was a clear indication of his focus on customer service- it sealed the deal for us in choosing to hire him. For birders traveling to this country with such an incredible number of endemic species, Manny is an excellent birder and he is well-connected to other experts in the birding community. He knows the locations that will be successful in finding even the rarest birds and he skillfully handles all aspects of your trip, from hiring local guides to meals and accommodation. Manny takes the time to prepare you for what you are going to be doing the next day by running through the itinerary: start times, expected distances, difficulty level, etc. He also makes sure that things are going fine for you and that you’re comfortable at all times and that your needs are met –much appreciated! Manny comes with a strong conservation ethic, which we hope is important to all travelers. He provides you with water and reusable cups so that you don’t create more plastic pollution, he has a van with high occupancy to handle your group, and you stay at low impact places that he has recommended. We also wanted to mention that Manny was really helpful with aspects of our trip that had nothing to do with him and for which he would not benefit. He recommended an excellent hotel in the city, a first-rate place to stay near Los Haitises National Park, and he knew the places to go snorkeling (or not!) from shore. He was quick to answer emails on those topics as well, even though he was not going to be leading us or charging us for that those trips. Again- great customer service! Finally: Manny’s ability to move seamlessly between Spanish and English is impressive, so for anyone traveling with a similarly-limited ability to speak Spanish, this is another positive. He also comes with excellent historical and natural history knowledge to make travel days interesting and informative. We are very grateful to Manny for helping us have a terrific visit to the DR and highly recommend his company to anyone planning a visit.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Juan wrote a review Dec 2019
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My friends and I truly had an amazing time on this private boat excursion. We took breathtaking pictures and videos and had a lot of fun. Manny was great! Very professional and personal. I highly recommend this company for your private boat excursion. Also, the food served by the local was truly delicious. It was the best fish I’ve ever had in my entire life! Thanks again Manny! -Juan
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Date of experience: December 2019
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