Capture glimpses of everyday life, experience true Dominican hospitality and see how local produce is grown, beginning with a stop at a sugarcane field. While chewing on a piece of freshly cut stalk, learn how locals in the past made their livelihoods in harvesting this plant and how this process has changed today.
Briefly visit a sponsored school and listen to your guide discuss the educational system before heading over to a horseback-riding ranch. Don a helmet, receive a safety briefing and trot along on your horse for about 20 minutes.
Following the horseback ride, relax by the soothing Anamuya River with a Cuba Libre cocktail in hand, a mixture of cola, lime and white rum. Your appetite opened, visit a typical countryside home in a mountainside village, meet its inhabitants and sample fresh coffee, chocolate and fruit from the area.
Continue your culinary delights with a marvelous buffet lunch at a ranch on top of Anamuya Mountain, featuring typical Dominican fare.
Travel to a trapiche, or sugarcane mill, and see how Dominican rum is made. At a local museum, learn about another top local commodity: cigars. Did you know Christopher Columbus encountered tobacco for the first time in the Dominican Republic? He then introduced this to Europe. Dominicans know their tobacco, and here, you'll learn the craft of rolling cigars from a master cigar-maker.
Continue to the Basilica of Higuey, a unique architectural structure and important pilgrimage site dedicated to Our Lady of Altagracia, patroness of the nation. Built in 1972, the concrete basilica is noted for its imagery of oranges, which are symbolic of the orange grove believed to be the site of a vision of the Virgin Mary.
After a full day of sightseeing and scrumptious sampling of foods, relax on the drive back to your La Romana or Bayahibe hotel.
Sample buffet lunch menu (subject to change):
• White rice and dark rice with beans
• Chicken creole and beef creole
• Spaghetti pomodoro
• Salad bar and fresh fruit
Dominican Culture and Countryside Tour by 4x4
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Local guide
- Transport by 4x4 truck
- Food and drink samples
- Buffet lunch
- Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Horseback riding is suitable for all ages
- Not recommended for participants with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant women
- Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years