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Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Experience the diversity of Dominican countryside in an open-air safari-style vehicle during this guided tour from Punta Cana. Venture into the Anamuya Mountains, explore an old sugar plantation, watch locals hand-roll cigars and visit the largest and most important church and famous ’’colmado’’. There’s even time to savor a typical buffet lunch before visiting a Dominican family on this tour that showcases some of Dominican Republic’s rural character. All activities, tastings, lunch and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included.
  • Safari adventure around the eastern Dominican Republic by open-air safari-style vehicle
  • Watch a cigar-rolling demonstration by master craftsmen
  • Taste organic coffee, fruits and chocolate inside a typical Dominican family home
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch and round-trip transport from Punta Cana or Bavaro
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Lunch
Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
Food and drink samples at a local home
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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2020 - 7/13/2023
Monday - Saturday:07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
1/1/2020 - 7/13/2023
Monday - Saturday:07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
We can arrange meeting points for almost anywhere in the area. If you do not see your hotel on the list and you are staying at Bavaro, Punta Cana, Macao, Uvero Alto, Cortecito, Cabeza de Toro or its surroundings, we can definitely arrange a meeting point to pick you up.
Your open-air safari-style truck will collect you from your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel, where this incredible Dominican Republic countryside safari from Punta Cana kicks off. You’ll make your way to through the towering Anamuya Mountains and take in some of the most epic scenery this country has to offer. Your friendly local guide will offer commentary and history as you navigate through the terrain.

Learn about production of this staple export. Listen to a generations-old master craftsman explain the art of tobacco harvest and sit back for a demonstration of rolling these popular item. 

Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a view at a mountaintop restaurant, where you’ll sample plenty of local dishes, as well as Dominican beer and rum. After a delicious meal with your fellow travelers, you’ll visit the home of a local Dominican family and share freshly brewed coffee, mamajuana and other local treats before making your way to Macao Beach.

Enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure at this private beach club that’s known for its white sands, clear blue waters and topical vibe, before making your way back to your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bavaro Beach
Hop aboard an open-air safari-style truck from your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel, and set out into the Anamuya mountains. During the rollicking ride, soak up the stunning seascapes and tropical countryside, dotted with pastel-colored cottages. As your knowledgeable guide provides engaging commentary, look out for horses, donkeys, hens and bulls grazing or resting in the shade. Also, the Dominican Republic is well-known for its cigars. At the trapiche, listen to generations-old master craftsmen explain how they harvest tobacco and roll them into sought-after cigars. Break for lunch at a mountaintop restaurant pavilion, and dig into a delicious buffet with refreshing beer, smooth rum and non-alcoholic drinks to accompany your meal. Visit a typical Dominican home to meet a local family and taste beloved treats such as just-plucked tropical fruits, freshly brewed organic coffee and pure cacao. Want something with more kick? Try a mamajuana, a Dominican drink of rum, red wine and honey.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
River Maimon
end your day enjoying the waters of the amazing Anamuya river.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Target Tours
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Anamuya
A fun filled day where you will get to immerse yourself in the Domincan Culture guided by the friendliest staff. Try fresh sugar cane juice, learn how cigars are rolled, be welcomed at a Dominican house, have a delicious typical lunch
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Runners Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana.
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What is the social distancing policy during Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana.

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  • "We got picked up right at our hotel and all of the cultural experiences grouped into this one tour was well worth the price." See review

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star-5
Amazing time
tanner_C
, Apr 2022
We had the most wonderful time on the safari tour! We had a great tour guide, Edy who was very knowledgeable on everything and bus driver Felis! We loved trying the native drink, Mama Juana! At the end of the day we ended in Maria’s home where she made us an excellent lunch and showed us how to make chocolate on the caocao farm. I would highly recommend this excursion!
star-5
Once in a lifetime
Alexandra_M
, Apr 2022
Angel and Jose happy were amazing tour guides. Extremely knowledgable and friendly. They were always they're to lend a hand, as we are traveling with 3 small children. So much fun!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Carol_B
, Dec 2021
It was an amazing adventure, got to see so much of the DR and see a lot of their culture, I learned a lot of things and the food was fantastic, I would recommend it to family and friends
star-5
Great Tour
Ari
, Jun 2021
Great Tour. Ceasar was a great driver and Rudy was an amazing guide. Loved the river at the end. Would 100% recommend, just ditch the pasta @ at Maria's House for some more of that amazing fried chicken ;) and some extra cocoa.
star-3
Not a Safari, more like Shopping trip
Deanna K
, Dec 2019
The whole trip is geared around you buying their products. They will show you how rum and cigars are made then try and sell you rum and cigars. Then they take you to an authentic Dominican home where they try to sell you a variety of items produced on their farm.
star-5
This was such a great experience. We...
Jonathan_L
, Aug 2018
This was such a great experience. We got picked up right at our hotel and all of the cultural experiences grouped into this one tour was well worth the price. Our guide was fantastic, funny, and full of so much information.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
I would have gladly sacrificed half...
Don E
, Dec 2017
I would have gladly sacrificed half the time spent in the cigar shop, and sampling coffee, chocolate and Mamawana, for more time horseback. While the promise of a beach visit was kept, getting in the water was not possible - it was a surfing beach. Best part of the tour was virtually limitless Cuba Libre's.
star-5
Just amazing!!! Go it is so worth the...
Tyana V
, Dec 2017
Just amazing!!! Go it is so worth the money and time well spent!
star-5
The tour was amazing. The tour guide...
Tamika F
, Nov 2017
The tour was amazing. The tour guide was funny and very knowledgeable. The tour guide and the bus driver Junior were great. They made the cultural experience come alive. I highly recommend this tour .
star-3
I just recently went on this excursion...
Kyle C
, Nov 2017
I just recently went on this excursion about a week ago and it was overall a good time. You get to hear a little about the DR, try some mamajuana and visit a very nice beach in the end. My only real issue with this excursion was that our tour guide Alex slandered Haiti while we were on our way to our first destination. While talking about how rich the Dominican Republic is, our tour guide felt the need to state that the reason Haiti is so poor is because of the lack of foreign investment due to the Haitian peoples inability to stop fighting. While saying this, he makes a hand gesture pulling an imaginary guns trigger. Not only is this completely false and inappropriate, it further perpetuates the negative image of Haiti and the Haitian people that is pushed by western media. I think Alex is in need of a history lesson as to why Haiti is in the situation it is in instead slandering an entire country and their people. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he just make a mistake but something tells me he was purposely insulting Haiti. I am aware of the relationship between the two nations and know about the Dominican Republic's historical racist treatment towards Haitians and dark skinned Dominicans that continue till this day and understand how that can cause ignorance. Hopefully he sees this and corrects his mistake.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
A must if you want to really...
Stephanie_A
, Oct 2017
A must if you want to really experience real life in the DR.We drove through many small towns,seeing schools and the children,the homes and businesses of the people.The farm lands and some of Irma's aftermath on this beautiful island.The people are so welcoming and hard working.Maria's house was very interesting and we loved learning about the coffee,cocoa,vanilla tobacco,seeing and tasting first hand how they are grown.We had a nice lunch and stopped for the horseback ride.That was a bit sad. Dogs run freely throughout the island and all are thin,the horses were very thin.I just wanted to give them food and water. Our guide Mimi and our driver were very entertaining.Mimi is the real deal!!!lots of laughter.We were picked up on time at our resort and had a great and memorable day! Plenty of water provided all day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The best part of the tour is the...
Chasity M
, Aug 2017
The best part of the tour is the lunch!! It was great Dominican Food! The food at my resort was awful so I was happy to get food here! Also the horse back riding and cigar making was awesome too! And the beach is nice! Be prepared to spend the whole day on this tour I left hotel at 830am and got back at 4pm!
star-5
One of thee best excursions...
Jamarr F
, May 2017
One of thee best excursions available.The staff for the excursion was beyond hilarious and very informative.You get to experience alot of different aspects of DR culture and ways.The food was excellente,the making of cigars was remarkable.Hell yeah I would recommend this excursion
star-5
This tour was amazing. The tour...
Tammy M
, Jan 2017
This tour was amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the route and all of the stops. Maria's house was very interesting. She was friendly and very pleasant. Planning to return back in 2017 and will take this tour again.
star-4
This was a great excursion and I...
Cecilia D
, Nov 2016
This was a great excursion and I appreciate the company calling me at my resort to see if I wanted to reschedule after they had to cancel the excursion on the day we went due to dangerous roads with water and blockage of the bridge we needed to cross. I loved it all except the horseback riding part. The way the excursion reads leads you to believe you will take the horses up a mountain. The terrain we were in was extremely muddy and nothing to really see it was just a big field and the horses seemed tired. So that part was a little disappointing. It would have been better if we actually went on a real trail or along the beach. Also at least been advised to bring proper clothing for getting all muddied up. Other than that this was a great way to spend the day and our guide MiMi was WONDERFUL!!!!! If you want to see a little bit of everything from the beach, the mountain, real coffee, cigars, and souvenirs this is the thing to do!
star-5
THIS is the tour everyone should...
Francis_Z
, Oct 2016
THIS is the tour everyone should take get a taste coffee, chocolate, pineapple, sugar cane..etc plus nice lunch. See the countryside, and then get on your knees for all you may take for granted. This is the only tour we took, and I'll always have lasting memories!!! Great tour guide!!!
star-5
wow, truly an amazing experience and...
javier g
, Aug 2016
wow, truly an amazing experience and our tour guide Alex delighted us with great information throughout the whole tour. Alex also pretty funny and made everyone laugh so that was a plus as well. The your itself was amazing, drove around the neighborhood, went to eat and then got to visit Maria's house where we got to see how to make cocoa and taste it and as well other stuff.
star-5
Sammy was great and the tour was...
Aleze F
, Jul 2016
Sammy was great and the tour was informative. Seeing beyond the tourists attractions and experiencing the culture was worth every cent. I highly recommend it....and I went alone, but those on the buss made me feel like family!
star-5
Our guide J.J. was very informative...
Denise_L
, Jul 2016
Our guide J.J. was very informative and kept us laughing. We got to see how sugar cane juice is extracted, cigars are rolled, and we took a ride across the coffee plantation on horseback. Lunch was great. Real Dominican food. At Maria's House we explored how many dominican products are made and got to taste everything , yum!
star-4
This was a great tour at a very...
Aikisha R
, Jun 2016
This was a great tour at a very reasonable rate. We made the mistake by not booking ahead of time so options were limited at the price point we were looking for. Some companies could not guarantee pick up from the hotel by the next morning. I was able to call the customer service number and the young lady that booked me actually took the time to call and speak with a live person that could accommodate us on such short notice, thus this is how we ended up going with Bavaro Runners. This tour was a great learning experience if you are truly interested in learning about the D.R culture and land. We enjoyed Casa de Maria, horse back riding, sugar cane tour, demonstration on making cigars, and lunch was great. I wish we had more time on Macow Beach without local's selling souvenirs It was nice to cool down at the calm beach after being on the hot bus and under the sun all day. The tour guides we very nice and knowledgeable. They also provide cold bottled water which was a plus. The only reason I rated this a 4 was because there was conveniently an opportunity for a sales pitch after every stop. I guess this is expected when traveling and ok if you are interested in making purchases, plus there was no pressure what so ever to buy...I would, and have already recommended this excursion when traveling to the D.R. FYI this is an all day excursion, bring plenty of insect repellent and sunblock. Wear cool/comfy clothes and shoes. We brought extra water just incase, but wished we had packed extra batteries for phone and camera.

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