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“Great food, Great Sights, and an AWESOME Tour guide!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bavaro Runners Adventures

Bavaro Runners Adventures
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Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana
Ranked #10 of 229 Tours in Punta Cana
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Owner description: Explore all the hidden treasures that this wonderful country has to offer. Visit a spectacular cave, ancient shelter for the Taino Indians and discover their secrets. Enter a typical house and learn how the local people live and visit their coffee and cocoa plantations. Also have fun horseback riding. Take a walk through the sugarcane field and see firsthand how Dominicans roll the world's best cigars. An adventure high in colors!
Alexandria, Virginia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great food, Great Sights, and an AWESOME Tour guide!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Our guide, Paco/Francisco, was excellent, very resourceful and spoke English very well. We had a great time horseback riding, sight seeing and learning a lot about the countryside and history of the Dominican Republic.

The visit to Maria's house and the lunch buffet was awesome. When we stopped by the market...we were not pressured to buy anything. Our group learned about sugar cane, cigars, coffee and chocolate, local fruits, local foods, and the local living. We ended the excursion with a stop for a swim at Macao Beach.

Would certainly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Punta Cana.

Visited November 2012
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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“Definitely worthwhile trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Our guide, Paco, was excellent and spoke Engllish very well, giving us lots of information all along the way. We learned a lot about the countryside, history, and customs of the country. The driver was great, handled the rough spots just fine and was very courteous. Was pleased to hear that the company supports two schools and encourages the children to go to school. We were
not barraged to buy anything at any stops along the way, which was nice. Learned about sugar cane, cigars, coffee and chocolate with a stop for a swim at Macao Beach. Would certainly reccomend the trip.

Visited November 2012
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Runners_Adventures, Manager at Bavaro Runners Adventures, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we truly appreciate.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not the real Dominican Republic”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The sugar cane area, cigar rolling area, lunch area, horseback riding area are all owned or operated by Bavaro Runners, not independent businesses or families. That would not be a problem but they bill themselves and authentic DR when you are basically seeing only company-owned areas.

On top of that, they are trying to sell you everything for the first half of the entire day. The second half is better in that regard but you still don't leave stop at many places they do not own or operate (the beach and possibly one other area being the only ones).

Sammy was a lot of fun but he was clearly lying about crime rates and other information and the "typical country house" we saw did not look anything like any of the other houses you see on the way there or back and was picture perfect and did not even look lived in.

If they are going to advertise and authentic look at the DR then perhaps you should spend time seeing places that aren't all owned by a single company.

Visited November 2012
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Runners_Adventures, Manager at Bavaro Runners Adventures, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for your review, but I have to say that a lot of information provided in your comment is wrong.
First of all, to comment that the stated stops are owned by the same business is incorrect. Only the sugarcane area is owned by the company.
The cigar factory is owned and managed by another person, who is an expert in this domain. The horseback riding ranches where we bring our clients are totally independent and the 3 of them are owned by different local families. As well, the lunch area is owned by an independent, but operated by Bavaro Runners, for obvious health and safety reasons, as well as the supervision of the food preparation.
The typical house is completely separated and owned by Maria and her family; you probably had the chance to meet her daughters, who work with her. They provided information on the way to process the cocoa and coffee. Through the years, the site have been re-arranged to receive a large amount of tourist and to give the high standard service we promise our clients, although it is truly the way of living of the inhabitants of the Anamuya mountain. The crops, the medicinal herbs, the coffee and chocolate process etc. is part of the every-day life of the locals. You have to remember that even though the DR is not as developed as the United States or Canada, they do receive the influence of those countries, and are constantly evolving in regards of the technology. Maria’s home is really a local family business.
In regards to our guide Sammy, since I was not there and I cannot confirm that the information he gave you was true or false, I do wonder on what you are basing your opinion on to make such an allegation of that importance and especially against one of our best guides. All our guides have their certification given by the Dominican Secretary of Tourism, and have received a professional training which is required to obtain this position.
I fail to see any comments about the help we provide to the local communities ie. to the different schools, the support of the local artists and artisans that are at the sugarcane site and the lunch area, the chance to taste the fresh and local product grown directly by the local farmers.
Carlos Medrano, owner of Luna Tours Bavaro Runners, was nominated as man of the year for helping the local communities in Higuey/Bavaro areas. Our tour has provided employment for many local people. The public schools are in much better condition then if they relied totally on the government. We have provided electricity, washrooms, play areas and much more to at least three schools. We have also donated to public hospitals in need of much assistance. All this and more, has been given by the company without any publicity or expecting any gratitude.
We totally stand behind our company and am proud to be a part of this team.
I truly am sorry to hear that our tour did not reach your expectation, but am really concerned that you are giving the wrong information to other readers and future visitors.
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Richmond, Virginia
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Awesome, even in the rain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

We did this tour and it was great. It poured rain on us most of the day, but the tour went on and it was even fun with the rain. We got to see the how rum is made, how sugar cane juice is extracted and how they roll cigars. We also got to see the coffee & cocoa beans and how they process them. We tasted fresh hot chocolate that was divine and saw a typical house. Lunch is included and it was delicious, even in the torrential rain.

Mimi, the tour guide, was awesome! He was enthusiastic and knowledgable and well spoken. Billy, the driver, was great and I give him props for getting us through.

With the rain, it flooded (I mean raging river flooded) the road we were supposed to cross to get to the horse back riding portion of the trip. So we didn't get over there, but that's okay. Better safe than swept down a river.

Tour was definitely worth the money, even in the rain and even without the horses.

Visited October 2012
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Ithaca, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“You will not be disappointed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

This Punta Cana Safari adventure was an absolute blast from beginning to end! We had so much fun, laughed so hard and learned so much. For our first visit to the DR, the Safari gave us a fabulous glimpse into Dominican culture, economy and countryside. The guides were wonderful, the driver a master, and the people working on the plantations were so welcoming, friendly and hard working. The restaurant in the middle of the mountains had a breathtaking view, and served local food that was nothing less than ex-cellente! I was ready to do the entire adventure all over again the next day.

Visited October 2012
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