My husband and I did this Mega Truck safari via our Thomas Cook rep at ICD on 6th May. Pick up from hotel was around 0820 - 0830 and we boarded the truck before heading next door to the GO Marien for the final pick up. Then followed a bracing drive thorugh POP and out past RIU hotels at bahia maimon. The journey thorugh the countryside was interesting, the excellent guide pointing out areas of interest and the fact that some of this scenery had been included in the Jurrasic park films. We then arrived near the coast at the ranch for the pony trek - which was simply 25 minutes of gentle fun, all horses simply following each other - the only issue being the occasional snake that got in the way. After the trek was time on the nearby beach which was a welcome break with beautiful water and away from it all scenery. refreshments and loos were available at the ranch and beach. Back on the truck we headed through more countryside, ending up at an old plantation style house for a buffet lunch in the garden area. Again loos available. The buffet was suffificient although do not expect gourmet cooking. We has spaghetti, chicken, rice, salad bits and oher items. Back on the truck we eventually ended up with the ususal cigar demonstration and coffee/ chocolate talk. My husband bought some coffee and I wish now that I had bought the chocolate pods. The truck was the perfect way to see the real countryside and real outlying villages away from the tourist hype. They have so little, but are happy (or certainly appear to be), The final stop was at a school. Although supported by Mega trucks I felt the passing of sweets to the children was inappropriate as they probably have restricted dental care. I thought the day was excellent - very well run and I would happily have done it twice to get out into the countryside and away from the more tourist areas.
As always - bring plenty of sunscreen, the breeze on the truck masks the real heat.
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