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“Nice attraction, not nice getting there...!”
Review of El Limon

El Limon
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Samaná Day Trip: Cayo Leventado, El Limon Waterfall and Horseback Riding from...
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We visited this tour during our recent honeymoon. We were picked up around 8am from our hotel Cayo Levantado. We then travelled in an open top safari bus for around 45 mins to reach the destination. The guide on the bus was brilliant. We arrived at a ranch out in the middle of nowhere. Sat down for 5 mins before receiving our helmets and wellingtons. If you don't mind getting your shoes wet then don't bother with the wellingtons they are not really needed. We were then called forward to be selected for horse/ponies/donkeys. When you go on you were paired with a guide who would walk with you all the way to the top of the mountain. A lot of the horses are skinny and a lot have tics and bites also, when highlighting these to the guides they kept putting the mane back and covering them. The route that the horses take is terrible the ground is very unstable and the horses are constantly slipping, when they slip they are whipped by the guide. We walked through 2 pieces of water which was nice. The horses like to stop for a drink. When you get near the top there are some lovely views and quite a few photo opportunities. We then reached a little bar where you can get drinks and snacks and so on. You can see the waterfall from here and it looks lovely. We then walked down from here, it took about 5 mins to walk down and about 10 to walk back. This part is not for the unstable/elderly or people with ill health. When we were done at the waterfall it was awesome. Around 60m high, the spray from the waterfall is refreshing, there were lots of locals who would show off and jump from the waterfall and do a few stunts. If you want to swim in the pool you can do and it is very refreshing. The journey back to the bar is hard work and we saw a lot of people struggling. The journey back on the horses is also terrible, the horses slip even more on the way back down. Please tip the guides that walk with the horses a they do a good job in the conditions. You may also need a few dollars to buy the photos or videos that are taken on the way.

Overall a nice attraction, but they need to find a better way to get to the waterfall. Going on a quad bike would be better.

Thank Adz1984
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

BEAUTIFUL FALL!! The price is appropriate for this wonder of nature. Wonderful caring guides (locos) help us to enjoy our first time horse ride (horse/mule/donkeys?? we're not sure..). You must provide to smile and give tips ($) to this locos (their boss didn't pay them: she said that they are supposed to earn tourist appreciation-money!!). If you don't have real closed shoes, they will sell you boots and socks for less than 5 US $. Lunch ranch is good: we enjoy it and nobody was sick, but you must pay for your drinks....

1  Thank locagirl1985
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

These horses are so thin and forced to walk up and down this path for this tour's with heavy people on them aswell as sharp uneven muddy ground below. Hoofs on some of these horses are cracked and broken. My horse tripped a few times and I thought that if I fell and the horse fell on top of me, I would be peirced with these sharp rocks below. These horses are truley in trouble each trip they take. Beautiful view once you arrive to the location. I think they should have quads or walking trips to take you into the falls until they fix the paths for the horses. These horses risk there lives taking people to these falls. You are told they charge by the hour and that the hike in is about 20 min. The hike in is atleast an hour and then an hour back. I was terrified through the intire hike up and down as again the horses can barely walk through the rocks that are sticking up above the wet mud.

1  Thank litonann
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Went on this trip in Jan.
Firstly this is not one for those that scared easily. The ride is partially on steep rocky hillside (both ascending and descending), fortunately the horses/mules know the route very well.
My guide felt I was fairly competent and let go of my reins, the mule had a few cantors, which was scarey but fun. If you look hesitant the guide will hold your reins throughout. The ride is circa 30 mins through unspoilt landscape, it is very worthwhile.
Then you arrive at El Limon, breathtaking. Cool off in pool at the bottom of the waterfall.
Paid US$35 which included the tip for the guide and a healthy lunch back at the stable at end of trip, however I did make my own way to the stable, The Big Apple. Great thing was we arrived atstables at 8.15am before the trips, so we were first to get saddled up and first to arrive at the waterfalls.
Overall 9 stars out of 10.

1  Thank mancitymad
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

My wife and I booked this tour through Razor Tours, an amazing tour company in Samana. I've reviewed Razor as a company separately, as this review is exclusively about El Limon Falls.

*VERY IMPORTANT* This tour is physically demanding, as you will be riding small horses (a slow ride not galloping, but still riding) up and down steep, rocky, inclines, and also walking short distances with STEEP incluines. If you're not physically active, we wouldn't recommend this tour

After about a 30 minute drive from Samana, Razor Tours dropped us off at the spot where we'd travel to El Limon Falls. To get there, you need to travel on a small horse. A local guide will walk beside your horse and guide and hold it at times so you don't know how to ride a horse at all. The horse just walks slowly so it's not a fast ride, BUT, you will have to go up and down steep, rocky inclines which can be a bit uncomfortable. After about a 30 minute ride, you have to get off the horse and walk for about 2-3 minutes down a steep incline - there are stairs but they're a bit tricky and not all the same size.

You then reach the falls. There is a small natural platform used to access the water underneath the falls. It's enough room to walk on and take pics, but it can be crowded if there are a lot of people. They falls themselves are very beautiful. Nothing negative can be said about them. There is a large area under the falls where you can swim, and the water is cool and refreshing.

***VERY IMPORTANT TIPS****
1) There are sharp rocks in the water, so if you are going to swim in the water under the falls, be sure to wear water shoes or swimming shoes - don't go in barefoot or you might cut your foot open.
2) Try and go in the afternoon because the mornings tend to be more crowded
3) Before you get on the horses to go to the falls, there is a place to buy lunch, drinks, souvenirs, and use the washrooms.

Once you're done, the people guiding your horse pull you aside and ask you for a tip - it seems as though their boss doesn't pay them well. In our case, they really took care of us and deserved a tip, so we gave each of them $20 USD. I'm saying this not because we felt ripped off, but just to prepare you because some people aren't aware that the people with the horses are not with the tour companies you book the tours with.

To get back to your horses, you have to go back up a steep incline, it's a 2-3 minute climb but if you're not in shape, it's going to be a lot longer than 2-3 minutes. On the way back, they advised us to give another smaller tip ($2 USD each) in front of their boss, so he wouldn't see the larger tip - apparently they don't get to keep tips.

Overall, we gave this tour a 3/5 because we went to see the falls, but we thought the trip to get there was a little uncomfortable, and between the price of the tour and the tips, it got a little bit pricey. It was a good tour and I'm glad we went, we just want to point out the positives and the negatives.

2  Thank MonkeyAndBaboon
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