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“Very enjoyable day!”

Excursion Punta Cana
Reviewed March 27, 2012

This was a good land based excursion day...There were 5 of us in all, 2 seniors 2 adults and 1 teen. It was a beautiful sunny day which probably gives you a more positive experience than if it's raining. There were several stops including a school and our guide "Handsome Kelly" was very informative. Yes you were encouraged to buy at the stops but these are small businesses and those same products would be sold at a much higher price at the resorts or in town. This way you know what you were going to buy anyway is really benefiting the local farmer or artisan.

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Reviewed December 28, 2011

County Adventure and Safari's mega trucks are rough and rugged and need to be for the terrain they will take you through. This excursion will take you through towns and villages that you would otherwise never see. The majority of people in D.R. are very poor and so this was not always a pretty site, but not seeing it does n ot mean it does not exist. You will travel to a very large Catholic Church (you can go in for extra $) for a brief washroom break. You will also visit a sugarcane field, coffee plantation, cocoa plantation, school house, small geological museum/cigar factory. We traveled into the mountains and stopped for a buffet picnic lunch at Horseplay Punta Cana where we rode horses and zip lined through the trees and over a river and back again. The bar was always open on the truck and the tour guide was fun, friendly and knowledgeable. Very, very rough terrain. Very full day. Well worth the $90 U.S. I cried, I laughed and I learned. Very enlightening.

23  Thank Sandra B
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

We thought this would be a great excursion. We looked forward to seeing the country side and that part was enjoyable, but the rest of the trip was all about getting you to spend your money. The truck ride was fun although it was raining and even with the top my husband and I go soaked. The first stop was at a gift shop. Then they took us to the "typical family home" and we walked through and were offered a mango. Then we were taken out to see how cocoa is made. Interesting but before you leave they take you to another area where they try to sell you different things, coffee,cocoa, vanilla etc. Then back on the bus. Next stop is a village where you will see the school. First though you go to a little store where the guide tells you you need to buy school supplies and cookies for the kids in the mountain. They don't ask you if you want to, they tell you you have to and how many packages to buy. You then go to the school to deliver all the supplies you just bought. The kids sing for you, very cute. When we were coming out I am looking at the other tour trucks lined up and thinking there is no way that school uses all those supplies.
Next stop is the place where you can zip line or horseback ride. We did neither. The zip line did not look very exciting and the horses looked so old I was afraid of hurting them.
This is the same place we ate lunch which was ok. Then back on the truck and down the mountain. The next stop was the "cigar factory" really just another gift shop with the guide saying buy the beautiful things, buy cigars. The beach was beautiful, unfortunately it was raining so we did not spend much time there. At the end of the day when they are dropping you off they are asking for tips. This was nothing but a spend your money here trip. I would not recommend it.

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