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“El Limon Waterfalls”
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“El Limon Waterfalls”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Visited the waterfall late Aug 2013 as it was advertised "the best attraction" in Samana. It was $85 pp. The trip is a short drive from the El Portillo hotel (30 min) and then it's a horseback ride on a rocky trail for about 1 hour to the actual waterfall. You can also get a cab from the hotel and walk the trail without a horse. The locals will try to sell their services to you, but it's really your choice.

The site is quite exotic and for nature lovers it is the real deal! Don't forget your swim suit and sunscreen as well as your hiking shoes...would not recommend flip-flops on this tour!!! Pack a backpack with snacks and juice or water for your own convenience.

You can take a dip in the lower fall, you can even try to get behind the fall, climb the rocks to get better pictures. The tour is usually busy, having at least 25 people. Overall is like a 4-5 hour trip or more.

What you need to know is that the tip for the guy who walks beside your horse is about $10-15 USD. We liked it!

Visited August 2013
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“Best ever”
Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I went horseback riding all the way to the waterfall. The views were amazing. Hiked down to the waterfall and was stunned by the beauty of it. Nature at its finest.

Visited August 2013
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“Amazing waterfall, please tip your horse guides well!!!!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed in Punta Cana and took the all-day Samana via plane excursion. We had an amazing time, but I am going to include some information and tips that I wish we had before venturing out.

First off, the Cessna ride to and from Punta Cana and Samana was a lot of fun and the pilot was great! When we arrived at the national airport near Samana, we hopped onto a tour bus and we went to a village where we learned about the local products there and even got to try some of them! They also have a hand-rolled cigar shop there where you can try a cigar for free and even buy some cigars for reasonable prices if you wish.

At the same location, you then put on mud boots and helmets and walk down the road to meet your horses and horse guide for the 30-45 minute ride to the waterfall. I will say that the horses were rather small for the most part, looked older and thin...and sometimes they did put people on these horses that were WAAAY too heavy. It is also questionable if the trails are appropriate for horses, as they are rocky, hilly and muddy. I do see that some people have noted animal cruelty...and yes, in the USA this would probably be considered animal cruelty...but we also need to remember that things are a little different in the D. Republic in terms of how people live and make a living. These horse guides own these horses and we found out that they ONLY make money from the tips that you give them...to both live and feed the horses. This is how they make a living! We tipped them the equivalent of 12-13 USD, but if we had known before that they only live on tips, we would have given at least $20. These guys work hard! Please tip them well! Did I feel bad for the horses, yes, but at least tip well in hopes that it will also go towards the care of the horses.

The waterfall itself was amazing and huge! Very beautiful. We then rode the horses back to the ranch/village and continued our trip to Cayo Levantado...which was great also but outside of the immediate El Limon area, so would need to go on a different review.

I definitely recommend this excursion, but if you feel too bad for the horses or are rather heavy for the horses, you have the option to walk the trail instead. Bringing a treat for the horses is also recommended and I wish that we had known that and brought them a treat.

Visited August 2013
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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“El Limon Horse Riding”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Definitely a must do....the guides are all volunteers and work very hard. You do need to be fairly fit as it can be steep in places.
You must wear a hard hat & willies, so take socks with you.
It's a wonderful sight when you reach the waterfall, the guides look after you things whilst you swim. There are steps to / from the waterfall.
A fantastic morning's adventure.
We gave our guide's 20 dollars each, they earned it.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautiful waterfall and nature.”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I really loved our trip to El Limon. The waterfall looks to me like a waterfall should look. It felt like a blessing being able to come there.

We went to a rancho near the cascade, eat there, got a story about cacao and even bought some cacao and went to the waterfall on horseback.The road is long, steep and with lot of mud and stones, and I felt sorry for our horses. Couldn't do anything about it though, had to go on. Tried to be sweet to them by talking to them and petting them, they didn't look to happy, sad to say.

when we went, there were not a lot of people there. We were able to go in the water and one of our guide went as well and took us behind the waterfall where there is a small cavern. This was ofcourse the best, swimming behind the waterfall.

we tipped our guides, because they took really good care of us. wish I had something for the horses though, like a carrot. Glad I went, glad I saw the waterfall. Don't know if I would do it again, thinking about the horses.

Visited August 2012
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