Take this excursion if you want to see a good representation of the real D.R.. Learn about the island's history, agriculture, and rum and tobacco trade. Be entertained by knowledgable and an energetic guide and driver, (Nacho and Elvis). With the added benefit of knowing you made a contribution to the DR educational system.
The travel up the mountain was rough at times, with a lot of unpaved roads, but the scenery is beautiful and you get a real look at how Dominican life is like outside the resorts. Nacho was not only hilariously entertaining he was full of homeopathic health tips.
The itinerary included horseback riding, tour of a sugar cane plantation, rum making demonstration, cigar rolling demonstration, visit a typical Dominican family and residence, tour caves, and take part in a native Indian ritual. I got a lot of great pictures for this trip's photo book.
The excursion was a full day trip. Left the resort at 9:30am and returned around 5:00pm. This excursion satisfied my cultural curiosity and had plenty of fun along the way.
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