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“Bring a tip for your guide and a treat for your horse”
Review of El Limon

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“Bring a tip for your guide and a treat for your horse”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We did the horse-back guided tour into El Limon 2 years ago. It was an awesome experience - the waterfall was stunning. You do not need to have any experience riding horses as you are lead in by a guide. They try to select the appropriate horse/donkey for you depending on your size. If you are at least moderately active and can navigate rough terrain and inclines you could certainly do this by foot (wear good foot wear and bring water). The final stretch down to the waterfall is by foot, however, and it's quite steep so keep this in mind (see photo); if you have any difficulty with stairs this might not be the excursion for you (there are quite a few). If you are an animal lover know that the horses will likely be malnourished - but, put this into perspective, so are many of the people. (One girl on our tour had an absolute breakdown.) The water fall is awesome and refreshing and the meal afterwards was great. My husband was so happy to finally swim in fresh water! The guide relies on your tip and is grateful for it, and your horse will appreciate a treat so bring one (eg. apples)!

Visited November 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Not the prettiest falls we ever seen.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

The beach is much better time spent. The trail was full of horse manure and about as muddy as it gets. Lunch was fantastic though.

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Jackson Heights, New York
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“Go on Horse”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Go early, the place gets packed. The horse was a welcome addition to the hike, the first part was extremely rocky and muddy and it would have taken us some time to get to the water falls by foot. Bring water shoes if you have them, flip flops are not the best choice. The current in the falls is pretty intense, the water is cold but it was fun to get in and get right back out. The walk down to falls and back up is a nice work out but well worth it. We had lunch at Rancho Santi afterwords which was quick and good.

Visited December 2012
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Fort Worth, TX
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“Go on foot - you will have more fun!”
Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

We read that when starting out from Rancho Espinol (the furthest trailhead from El Limón village), that it was a nice hike. It was indeed! It is a 4 km hike (8k round trip) is lined with fruit trees. The path is rocky and muddy so bring your hikers, but let's face it, we are fat, out of shape Americans... And we did it without issue.

Guides and tours: The way that this works is that the guides and the horse keepers do not get paid for their work; and they work hard. Anything you pay for a tour goes to the middle man. For that reason we decided to find a guide on our own. We do not speak Spanish and even then it was easy. At Rancho Espinol there was one guy that spoke English, a middle man. After a moment of negotiating we agreed to give him $5 to look after the car and then we would tip the guide. (I wanted to make sure that the money was making it into the hands of the person that was actually doing the work).

Enrique was our guide. He was awesome. Although we didn't speak the same language, we communicated. He gave us the botanical tour, opened some coconut (which is awesome after it starts to sprout and the water becomes this spongy goodness in the middle) wild grapefruit, oranges, basil, etc, etc... Enrique was fantastic. He treated us well, so we treated him well. We tipped him $25 and bought him some drinks and food. He was very happy.

If you have transportation, this is the way to do it. On a horse, all you get to see is the horse rear in front of you, not the botanical tour of the DR!

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“Nice attraction, not nice getting there...!”
Reviewed June 14, 2012 via mobile

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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