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“Dominican Flavors Half-Day Tour”

Punta Cana Day Excursions
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Punta Cana Pas Cher is the leader of the adventure for a vacation in Punta Cana and the best adventures as safari by jeep from the hotel to the campaign and many more.
Strongsville, Ohio
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Dominican Flavors Half-Day Tour”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

The description of the tour as advertised on Amstar.com: "Don’t think you can get away for a whole day, try the half-day version instead! Explore mountains, sugar cane and cocoa bean plantations, discover the art of fine cigar making and visit a typical Dominican home. Finish the adventure in a secluded beach for some boogie boarding and snacks." It was not at all what we expected. We didn't "explore" mountains. We were driven through the lower part of the mountain on a very bumpy road (not a good idea for those with back problems). We did not visit sugar cane and cocoa bean plantations or visit a "typical" Dominican home. Not sure, but I think the home we visited was a tour-owned home. It was considered upper middle class considering all the lower class houses we passed along the way. This certainly was not a plantation. There were representations of a cocoa bean tree, banana tree, coffee bean tree, oregano plant, and no sugar cane. We did not see "the art of fine cigar making" at all (rip off!). At the "home", we saw demonstrations of how they process coffee and cocoa. That was the highlight of the trip. Of course, they have products you can purchase to help support the family that supposedly lives at this house. Didn't buy a thing. We went to the "private" beach (really a public beach in Macao), but only one person brought a bathing suit and towel. We asked to leave early. They did provide a snack and plenty of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and even had a "test". Three winners won bottles of rum. Our travel guide, Jorge of the Jungle, was tremendous and did give us a lot of information about the Dominican Republic. Highly recommend Jorge, but the description of the trip is misleading. Would not do it again.

Visited January 2014
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“Hilicopter”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

Hi, We took heli tour for 20min which was fantastic!
Kids were at the beggining afraid but after 3min all was over and all had fun.
Dont forgett the video camera!

Visited January 2014
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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28 reviews
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“Wild Tiger Dune Buggies-Punta Cana”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

This was a blast, and the highlight of our trip! I highly recommend it. You will be covered in mud (and maybe excrement), so wear old clothes. Bring a bandana or buy one from them for $5. This is a must – it keeps the mud out of your mouth. I wore flip-flops and so much mud in the bottoms that I couldn’t walk in them. The people who wore tennis shoes had soaked shoes, so it’s a toss-up as to which is better.

These dune-buggies were automatic, so that was much better than manual. And, they can fly. We went down some rural roads, so we were able to go really fast.

Worst part was the ride over to the place. It’s an open air bus. My feet didn’t touch the floor, so it was very hard to stay in the seat. When you get on the bouncy rural road, you will feel like you a bruised and battered. Takes about an hour to do the hotel pick-ups and drive to the place. Same on the way back. If you get car sick, this is not the excursion for you.

Felix – the guide – and the mechanics are great. It was nice chatting with them about the DR. We felt like they were very interested your safety. Could have done without the visit to the “typical Dominican” house, which was basically a pavilion where they try to sell you products. But they aren't pushy. Bathroom facilities are available at the beginning and the end, but they are primitive.

They have guys on a motorbike who ride around taking pictures and videos of your ride, so no worries if you aren’t able to take your own pictures. They will burn the CD for you for $35. Not sure about the cost of the video. Or, you can buy a small or large photo at the site for $5 and up.

We purchased this excursion through our AMStar/Apple rep at our hotel (NOW Larimar) for $65 each. They are 2-seater, so you don't have to share with other people as you would with other dune buggy excursions for sale.

Visited January 2014
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Southington, Connecticut
1 review
“hi ho hi ho”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

The Country Safari Day tour with Kenny Brecktefeld was an amazing adventure from beginning to end. We learned a great deal, were welcomed by everyone involved, and had FUN, FUN, FUN. Kelvin was a superb driver and we felt safe under his care on the mountain roads during the pouring rain. We would highly recommend this specific tour with these two people to anyone visiting the DR. Thanks guys!!!!

Visited October 2013
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Oak Forest, Illinois
2 reviews
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“Gringo's Glass Bottom boat tour and snorkling”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Gringo's glass bottom boat tour and snorkeling which was down at the end of the Barceló Bavaro Palace Deluxe beach was fantastic. Gringo will give you your money's worth and it was much cheaper than the hotel excursions.

Visited October 2013
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