- 8 Days/7 Nights
in the Dominican Republic!
- Stays in the Nation's
Capital, Historic Colonial Zone and Sport Beach Town of Cabarete on
- Welcome Dinner
in the Zona Colonial
- White Water Rafting
- Yasica River Exploration
& Remote Beach Bonfire Dinner!
Riding & Tubing!
- Canyoning in the
Septentrional Mountain Range!
- Coastal Exploration
in Rio San Juan with Scuba Diving and Snorkeling!
- Optional Activities
Day with Surfing Lessons & Deep Sea Fishing!
- Giant Catamaran
Sail with Snorkeling!
- Farewell Dinner
on Cabarete Beach!
- Round-trip Group
1: August 13, 2005, Saturday
- Arrival to Santo
Domingo Airport (SDQ).
- Group transfer
to Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo.
at Mercure Comercial, 3-star.
- Orientation Session.
- Arrival Dinner
at Coco's Cafe..
2: August 14, 2005, Sunday
- Breakfast in the
- Transfer to Jarabacoa
- Breakfast buffet
at the ranch.
A beautiful adventure in breathtaking surroundings. The Yaque del Norte
river is the longest in the DR, and offers fantastic rapids, demanding
technical stretches, a narrow canyon, and adrenalizing drops. Rapids
are soft and gentle in the beginning allowing enough time to learn skills
and commands. The second part offers rafting at its best with awesome
drops, like Mike Tyson and the Mother-in-law. Includes round-trip transportation,
boat, equipment, guides, instruction, light breakfast, and lunch. Rating:
Class III. Swimmers only.
- Lunch Buffet at
- Transfer to Cabarete.
River Exploration & Remote Beach Bonfire Dinner
A short distance from the Laguna Cabarete & Goleta park office,
on the banks of the Islabon River, Wilson Zapeta has a small ranch of
wildlife in temporary captivity. Here we have the opportunity to see
some of the Dominican Republic's more elusive wilderness creatures,
such as the Carey Turtle, Boa Serpent, Tarantula, Rhinoceros Iguana,
North American Crocodile, Turkey Vulture, Sparrow Hawk, and Mongoose.
From there you board a boat for a leisurely float down the Wilson River
to its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean. Your dinner this evening is served
on the beach, amongst the sand dunes and a roaring bonfire.
in Windsurf Resort, Cabarete
3: August 15, 2005, Monday
Riding and River Tubing
Enjoy your day in the foothills of the northern
most mountain range in the Dominican Republic while on horseback, along
with tubing in the Yásica River. This ride starts way out in
the back county, and includes refreshments, a light meal, guides, and
round-trip transportation. Rating: All riding levels. Swimmers only.
at El Magnifico.
in Windsurf Resort, Cabarete
4: August 16, 2005, Tuesday
in the Septentrional Mountain Range
Rappel down a 50 meter waterfall to enjoy challenging jumps from as
high as 12 meters. Includes professional guides, refreshments and fruit,
equipment, a day of guaranteed adventure, and round-trip transportation.
Rating: Intermediate-Advance hikers looking for an intense experience.
- Late Lunch/Early
Dinner at El Tigre.
5: August 17, 2005, Wednesday
Exploration in Rio San Juan
Heading east from Cabarete along the North Coast road, we venture to
the lazy-paced town of Rio San Juan. This small fishing village and
quiet tourist town is best known for its five beaches and the Gri Gri
Lagoon with its towering labyrinth of mangrove trees. After a journey
through the mangrove lagoon and along the Atlantic Coast, we have the
opportunity search out sea-life by snorkeling or scuba diving. We will
be on the lookout for Squirrelfish, Arlequin Bass, Fairy Basslet, Groupers,
Yellow Snappers, Spotted Drum, Stingrays, and more. The coral formations
are quite beautiful as well, and we can expect to see at least six different
types growing abundantly.
Returning by boat to our bus, we cruise a little farther down the coast
to the sprawling and beautiful Playa Grande where our own lunch buffet
will be set up for us. Before returning to Cabarete we have plenty of
time to play in the waves and collect sea shells. Day's adventure includes
round-trip transport, equipment, instruction, guide, snacks, and lunch.
Rating: All levels. No prior snorkeling experience necessary. Swimmers
on Playa Preciosa.
- Dinner at Pomodoro.
in Windsurf Resort, Cabarete.
6: August 18, 2005, Thursday
- Optional Day: Deep
Sea Fishing or Surf Lessons.
Surf includes: 3 hour lesson and full
time supervision and board rental, Round-trip transfer from hotel to
Encuentro, and Drinking Water. 9 a.m. to 12 m. US$30/guest.
Join Ramon aboard his professional 45' and 32' fishing cruisers to get
where the fish are biting faster. Includes round-trip transportation,
sandwiches and refreshments, equipment, and guide. Rating: All levels.
Every day. 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. US$75/guest.
- Dinner on own.
in Windsurf Resort, Cabarete
7: August 19, 2005, Friday
Catamaran Day Sail with Snorkeling
A day of sailing along the North Coat from Puerto Plata to Sosua and
back enjoying the views, Caribbean music, and friends on a giant Catamaran.
Includes light morning snack, juice and national beverages, lunch, snorkeling
gear for the reefs, and round-trip transportation. Rating: All levels.
Dinner at Lax on Cabarete Beach.
8: August 20, 2005, Saturday
- Transfer to Las
Americas Airport (SDQ), Santo Domingo
- Hasta Pronto!
Comercial, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo
Located in the heart
of the historic and picturesque Colonial Zone, the Mercure Comercial
is only two blocks from the famed "First Cathedral" and surrounded
by cafes, shops, ancient ruins, and modern convenience. This building
was completely refurbished in 2000 and is the best starting point for
a visit of all historical monuments of the old town center. 30 km from
the airport. Rooms are clean and comfortable with a/c, cable television,
telephone, room safe, and private bathrooms. A full service bar and
restaurant on located off the lobby on the Conde pedestrian walkway.
One-bedroom condo units are fully appointed and contain fold-out couch
which makes them capable of holding 4 people. Plus, all units have full
kitchens, one bathroom, a combined living and dining area, and an outside
balcony facing the pool.
In addition to amenities the Windsurf Resort also provides:
- Coffee Maker
- Utensils & Cutlery
- 12 Ft.² Refrigerator
- Linen & Towels
- Ceiling Fans
- Satellite TV
- Patio / Balcony
- Telephone (Direct Dial)
- Air Conditioning
- 24 hour security
- Daily Maid Service
- Room Service
from 1 (very poor) to 5 (outstanding). MEAN / MEDIAN / MODE
& Communication: 3.8 / 3-4 / 4
3.9 / 3 / 4
Activities: 4.8 / 4-5 / 5
Meals: 4.3 / 3 /
Sructure: 4.4 / 3 / 5
Guides: 4.6 /
4.5 / 5
Comfort of Transportation:
3.9 / 4 / 4
location. Good size rooms.
- Great location. Well stocked kitchen. Good outdoor areas. Bit cramped
for 4 people.
- Having lots of space was nice. Loved the pool, a/c, bar & comforable
- Helpful staff.
people that they can bring a waterproof camera.
shoes for canyoning.
Active. Great for group bonding.
mix of activities. Well managed by leaders.
dinner excellent. Ali's Surf Camp excellent.
diversity of meals.
variety of ambiance and food.
were good. Guests should be aware that things move slowly in the DR.
- Activity mix was good as was the sequence.
ask for more helpful and friendly.
like friends than guides.
and Genesis were helpful guides.
- Clean, A/C !!
- Comforable and
What is the most
memorable part of this trip for you?
- Horseback riding
- Canyoning, horseback
riding and dancing on the catamaran.
- Canyoning x 5.
- Group really coming
together during canyoning.
- Canyoning because
the group was really pushed to its limits.
- The people I met
and bonded with.
- The MTREKers.
If you could
change one thing on this trip, what would it be?
in Cabarete more communal.
- Better advise on
what to bring, ie. aqua socks or booties for surfing.
- Having a waterproof
camera with us at all times.
- I did not feel
that (horseback riding provider) were as focused on safety as they should
- Have breakfast
- A little more free
- Less travel time
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