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“Overpriced and overrated”

Monster Truck Safari - Puerto Plata Route
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Reviewed March 21, 2011

Paying $ 70 per person, I had a high expectation on this excursion and was quite disappointed.
We first met at the Monster Truck office, waited half an hour before we could get on the truck.
Two trucks went together. It took almost an hour to get to the first destination – a “garden” where the guide showed us some plants. We spent 45 minutes there and at the end, we were served some papaya and coconuts and were invited to offer some donations.
Then we headed to a local school. The guide shared with us some history and then students all left the school and we were allowed to go inside the classroom to take a look. At the end, we were invited again to offer some donations to the school.
Next we were served lunch in a sheltered area. The food was like those you could find at the food court. It’s NOT all you could eat! After the first round, everything was gone except some beans. A small tin and passed around and we were invited to offer some tips.
Then we stayed there for 45 minutes. It was in fact a beautiful river. But no one got into the water.
On our way back, we were taken to a rum beer store. We were invited to do some shopping at the store.
I would say the excursion is worth $ 35 per person, at most!

1  Thank smac88
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

I booked this trip online before I left for Punta Cana.They told me they would meet me at my resort the day I checked in to give me my info and for me to pay at that time. They did not meet me at my resort so I had to call the next day and get all the info over the phone. There were 3 monster trucks that was touring that day each holds about 30 people. I was the only american, and only 3-5 other tourist spoke english, The guides know many different languages and takes time to speak in each language of the tourists. I actually went on this day trip by myself, but never really felt alone or akward. There was too much stuff to see and learn about that it didnt matter if i had someone to tak to or not.

OK, so the actual trip: First stop was a farm house, we got to see a lot of different fruit and got to try fresh FRESH coffee. They let us walk around in the families house which was very interesting to see how they live. No A.C., doors always open, very small. Second stop was the cock fighting arena. We got to see the prize fighters tied up, resting for their next fight. They wrapped a couple of "training" roosters' feet and we got to see them go at it in the ring, but since their feet were wrapped, they didnt get hurt, but it was interesting to learn about this sport and how big it is there. Next stop was the school. I had a huge duffle bag i brought along with me full of stuff to donate to the school. I suggest bringing some school supplies if you go on this trip. Im sure they dont have much to work with. The only thing I disliked about this trip is I felt rushed through the school. The kids only go 4 hours a day, and i am sure it is a big distraction for Monster trucks to bring people there every day. But since the school is sponsered by the Monster Truck people, they should plan on having recess or something for a half hour while the monster trucks are there. I would have love to have interacted with the children and the teacher. Next stop was lunch. It was decent. The river was up, so we couldnt swim that day in the lunch area, but it was nice to get to walk around and relax for a bit. Next stop was some kind of candy place. They had many types of fruit growing and samples to try, then they made some type of candy fruit. It was different, thats all i'll say about that. Last stop was the wittch doctor. It was very interesting to hear how white magic is still used with religion. We got to walk through the "office" i guess you can call it. Many weird and odd things were placed around, kinda what u see on tv about witch doctors. After that, we went back to the headquarters so vans could take us back to our resorts.

Overall, I loved the trip. I feel sorry for people who go to the D.R. and stay in the resort the whole time. We have beaches in america, we don't have D.R. culture. People need to go out and experience. The best thing for me during this day trip was just riding in the truck and seeing all the little shack like houses, kids running outside to wave to us, and the country side. There were some really AMAZING views. Out of my whole week at one of the resort, THIS safari will always stay with me. the stuff i seen and the experiences i had are eye opening.

6  Thank armous
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

We booked the Dominican Discovery monster truck safari through our Thomas Cook rep in the hotel (Iberostar Costa Dorada). Think we paid about 90 Dollars and we thought it was money well spent. we had a fantastic day, our guide, Eddie, driver Speedy Gonzalez and the paparazzi Roberto made it a trip to remember.
We started off travelling into the countryside to a hut where we watched sum men making stone sculptures and if we wanted we could buy some.
We then sampled sum local coffee and cocoa and again if we wanted to buy some, we could.
We stopped off at a local school but didnt get the chance to go in as it was closed for the holidays.
From there we went to a ranch were we went horseback riding for about 45 mins. As ive never rode a horse before i was a bit optimistic but the horses were very calm and easy to control. After that we had lunch at the ranch, barbecued chicken and pork with potatoes and fresh veg.
After lunch the onboard bar was opened and the rum and beers flowed all afternoon. We had a job tryin not to spill any, but the way i seen it, the quicker you drank it, the less you spilled lol!
We travelled on the main highway then off road along dirt tracks to a traditional dominican home, complete with traditional tv and dvd player! We were given the chance to give any sweets or gifts we brought to the local children.
We were taken to a private beach were we spent an hour sunbathing, swimming and making use of the free bar! ALL INCLUSIVE!
On the way back we stopped off to see where Jurassic Park was filmed and took some photos, then onto a hut were we sampled freshly made cigars and Mammajuana (dominican viagra)!
It started raining heavily on the way back to our hotel but it never dampened our spirits. I would recommend this trip to anyone and if Eddie and Roberto are on board, your sure to have a great time!

6  Thank stu-mcq
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Reviewed March 31, 2010

It started off well with a nice horse ride through the countryside. From there we visited a local school. I must say i felt sorry for the teachers as it caused chaos to their lessons. So with at least 4 tours turning up per day and the children only in school for 4 hours there wasn't much education taking place. I don't think the teachers would have minded so much if the tourists were bringing educational supplies instead of sweets.
From there we visited a so called 'coffee factory'? A woman grinding beans in a hut, she went home as soon as we left. We then went to a stone ornament factory? Again a couple of guys chipping a way at a rock in a hut...These sham's were only conjured up to extract dollars from the tourists.
From there we experienced an excruciating hour long drive along the highway to a beach. Why go to the beach? We have one back at the hotel!
From there it was a short drive to two huts in a field where they tried to convince us it was a mamajuana and cigar factory? HA HA HA! From there it was another hour drive back to the hotel.
Alcoholic drinks were available through out the trip which our tour guide took full advantage of and was totally drunk by the end of the tour! (not sure if this was meant to be part of the entertainment?) So if your idea is to drive around in a truck getting drunk then this is the trip for you!
On a plus note they were installing zip lines so if they ditched the beach and done this instead it would be better! Especially if they moved the cigar and mamajuana huts to the top of a mountain with panoramic views... The lunch was also excellent.

1  Thank Larrad
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Reviewed November 23, 2009

We went with Monster Truck out of Punta Cana for our excursion this year... and was very dissapointed. We were not alone in our opinion either. We traveled to DR last year and had SOO much fun with Bavaro Runners that we wanted to experience the countryside again.. and wanted a little variety so used Monster Truck this time. There was no comparison with the quality between the two.. If you are going to book an excursion use Bavaro Runners. Monster truck was not very educational, and the trucks were worn out and uncomfortable. The truck we were on had broken springs and was leaking sticky oil. The transmission was ready to give and actually stopped at one point. There was something wrong with the parking brake and they had to wedge rocks under the tires to keep it from rolling on the hills when parked. I was worried the entire time that we were going to get hurt. They packed us in the truck so you were crowded. The guide was friendly but the trip was not very entertaining. The things we saw were not well described and detailed as it was with Bavaro Runners. We basically stopped quick and were back on the terrible ride. It was a real dissapointment.

1  Thank sheerer
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