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Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

We were picked up from our hotel in a comfortable van. Our tour guide was PJ (he was awesome!). PJ kept us entertained the entire 45 minute drive to the ziplining on top of the mountain. Along the way we got to see part of the town, which was very cool. We would definitely do this again and we definitely recommend!!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Abbie F
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Reviewed May 26, 2018

Booked the combo excursion for zip lining, Monkeyland, the coco house and lunch. It was my first time zip lining, and I loved it! Others in the group said these were the best zip lines they’d done. The equipment was in great condition and the staff was really helpful, so any fears I had were put right at ease. No fears at all at Monkeyland. That was amazing! Having squirrel monkeys climb on my head and eat from my hand was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They were so adorable. The coco house was interesting. Lunch, just OK. I enjoyed the drive from the resort through the countryside to the mountain. But, the open-air diesel vehicle didn’t fill me with confidence. Tour guide Luis and driver Elvis we’re both great.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AmyK2169
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Reviewed May 24, 2018

We were picked up at our hotel by a clean, comfortable and air conditioned shuttle van driven by Virgilio who was a calm driver. Our tour guide was Hamlet. He was funny, informative and kind. We were impressed about the well maintained road up the mountain because some of the roads along the way had huge potholes.
The zip line adventure was a blast! The equipment and the course were well maintained. The course was so beautiful as we zipped between leafy green trees and over a small river. The crew there were polite and helpful. I would definitely recommend this zip line adventure! We were delivered safely back to our hotel by Virgilio and Hamlet.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank faye292
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Reviewed May 23, 2018

Had a wonderful time on the zip-line. Had never done it before and my wife was apprehensive about it. But, they start you small and work up to some very long lines with beautiful views. Great operations with a focus on safety. Would gladly do it again.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Eric K
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Reviewed May 22, 2018

Wanting to see some of the island outside our resort, our party of 4 booked a tour to include horseback riding, Higuey cathedral, cigar factory, sugar cane/chocolate information, authentic Dominican lunch, a stop to see a typical home and a stop at a local beach. We were picked up at the designated time and both Nacho(our guide) and Fabio(our driver) were attentive and helpful.

Our first stop was horseback riding. Our opinion was that this should not be part of the tour. Our expectations were that we would be seeing some of the countryside or a point of interest in the area. Instead, we were placed on horses and led around a field and taken back to the starting point, all within ten minutes. After the ride, all people were invited to follow a path that led to an area where local jewelry was sold. Disappointing.

Next we were driven into Higuey to visit the cathedral. Some scenery along the way was very nice and a stop was made to take photos. It was a huge eyeopener to see how some of these people live and certainly made us appreciate home even more. Nacho's knowledge about Higuey was very good and he provided good information regarding the history. The cathedral was beautiful and gave us a feeling of reverence.

We were driven past a local public school and Nacho provided information on the education system. Runners Adventures apparently sponsors activities and monetary support for the school which Nacho seemed very proud of.

We were taken to Runners Adventures "Ranch" for our authentic lunch. The food was good and the people very friendly. At the ranch, we were told about cigar making in the Dominican Republic and given a demonstration and also given information on the sugar cane industry. We had the opportunity to purchase cigars.

Next was a stop at a Dominican home. We were taken around the property to see different vegetation and given a demonstration on the crushing of cocoa beans and coffee. Again the people were very friendly. We were seated in an area where Nacho gave an informational talk on the medicinal advantages of many of the plants we had seen. This led to the opportunity to purchase some of the items he spoke of.

Last stop was a public beach. The beach was very nice, but because it was public, we were approached by individuals to take your picture, etc so a little hard to enjoy.

Nacho and Fabio were always helpful and considerate. Water and soda were offered at several stops. Help into and out of the vehicle was always given.

Date of experience: May 2018
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