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Paul D

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2010

Apart from the weather , this trip is well worth while ,you get an insight into life outside the tourist areas , how the locals and rich and poor live , brings home how lucky we really are , the guides were informative , well worth a day out !!

Dwight R USA

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2010

The guide, Gregory, was very informative and spoke to us in languages we understood, Russian and English. He took time with your questions and was very understanding. We were impressed with his wit and ability to keep you entertained as well as laughing. I rated this 4 stars only because it rained most of the tour and the cover on the truck didn't do a good job. Maybe someone can design a better cover and extend it a little over the sides so the end people don't get a soaking and this would be rated 5 stars. Oh, and the driver and refreshment tender did an excellent job as well.

Margot H Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2010

It is a long day and somewhat tedious getting people on and off the truck - but I think it is a must if you have the time. Our guide was great and I learned a lot about the area and the people.

Mary Helen M Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2012

Other than we were booked for a Tuesday and didn't take the trip until Thursday, the experience was very worthwhile. We only found out about the change when we called to confirm our pickup time. The guide and driver were excellent. The information was very interesting and well presented. I would recommend this trip.

Vannette H USA

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2010

I really enjoyed the monster truck safari - my tour guide was the best, polite and funny. I was looking for speed, but the tour of the cities was interesting and fun.

Blaine S Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2009

It was great to get out and see how people live in the Dominican Republic!

Frank S USA

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2009

It was great to get out and see the actual Dominican! Very informative!

Christopher U USA

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2009

This was a lot of fun, safe and very informative. Well done and very enjoyable. Probably your only chance as a tourist to see the real Dominican Republic.

Jozef S United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2009

Quite interesting.

Bonnie H Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2012

It was nice to be able to book this before we left for the trip instead of having to settle for what the hotel offered.

Ken J Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2009

A very relaxing day. Our tour guide did a splendid job of informing us of the culture, people and types of crops, etc. I would recommend this tour to anyone. We had no problems booking it or being pick up.

Claire S United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2008

Great day out.

James B Canada

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2008

It's a good day, but a long one. Our tour guide was great, very informative.

Joshua M

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2012

The tour was awesome. It made the trip for us. Just make sure you have all the info with you, and have your hotel call to confirm a few days before. Our resort hadn't used Viator much, and at first the tour operator didn't accept our voucher. Luckily, the hotel staff called and worked it out, but we missed our tour and had to go the following day, which was OK because we had booked the trip several days before we had to leave, so we had some leeway. Otherwise, this was our favorite excursion by far!


4 star rating: Recommended
May 2012

We had a good guide and a nice trip.

Jennifer B

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2014

This tour was shorter than they had it listed and you do a lot of driving. I highly recommend bringing plenty of school supplies for the school kids as they are in great need and it was nice to see the look of joy on their faces. The places we went to were nice to see no high pressure sales it just seemed like we spent more time driving that anything. All in all not a bad tour our tour guide was ok.

Terri M

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2014

This trip really gives you a true picture of the culture there. Everyone was very friendly

Nicole M

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2013

this was very good but it was a long day bring lots of water interesting on seeing how coffee , chocolate and cigars are made in the jungle

Greg D

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2012

This was a decent trip but not a five star adventure. We started the trip with a stop at a souvenir stand, followed by a trip to a small village where we were encouraged to buy gifts for the school children. After we toured the school and heard the tale of the desperate poverty of the teacher (he makes about 3x what my GF makes in Russia as a teacher) we toured a marijuana/cocoa farm and heard the same tale of poverty as I watched a $20 bill change hands between the truck driver and the farmer (I saw that 4 times for each truck - $80 in one hour is not poverty). The authentic lunch was beans and rice with some overcooked chicken.
There was "horse back riding" but the horse was too tired to do anything but plod along and I felt sorry for them as I could see that they needed medical attention...
The high point was visiting the beach - it is nicer than the one I was paying to visit at the resort. White sand that felt like silk under my feet, almost no seaweed, and crystal blue water.
Johnny BeGood and Miguel were great. If I did another tour I would ask for them. Maybe they do ziplining? ;)

Joseph S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2015

Advertisement led us to believe we going to ne goimg through water and much safari experience. We were disappointed.

Lauren P

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2012

I really don't know why this tour is so highly rated on Viator, we went on three other excursions – this was the worst one.
Our trip was rescheduled (seems to be common) to a day earlier on 03/22/2012 and it was the coldest rainiest day of our week-long trip. Cold dripping water from the ceiling made the truck ride extremely uncomfortable – we got soaked. Because it was raining 1) we could not cross the river, and 2) the school was closed and when we went to another school, it also had closed early. Our tour guide said he gave the supplies we brought to the Principal – I just hope the kids got them. The lunch was also mediocre.
The one nice part of the excursion is driving through the working class area of Sosua. It's really neat to see and the children wave as you drive by. The house/farm we visited in Sosua was also interesting.
This trip would be okay if the weather is decent, but I believe Management should have given us the opportunity to reschedule or get a refund especially because we did not get a chance to go on parts of the tour that were advertised. Management said they would only cancel the trip for a HURRICANE WARNING. Really??
Even at a discounted price, this trip is certainly not worth US$78 + tax. If you're in Puerto Plata, I recommend you save your money for any of the three excursions mentioned above or maybe even a trip to Sosua.
Overall: Don't take a chance - if the weather is bad (don’t forget they may reschedule your trip to any day) this excursion is horrible.

Tammy M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2012

very good

Patti W

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
March 2012

Long day and really didn't learn much about the country. Tour guide gave little information as we traveled. Truck very loud making it difficlt to hear. Visit to see "the wizard" was obviously staged. Felt the cock fight was inapproriate. Not worth the time and money.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2012

Although we had a lot of fun, the excursion was handled in a very unprofessional way. We did not do half the things described on the website when we signed up. The "tour guide" was sort of silly in an uncomfortable way. He must have made reference to "Poo poo and Pee pee" a half dozen times. Also seemed to enjoy farting noises. Really? For $90 apiece? It was because of the people I was with that we had fun.

M.Elisa B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2011

honestly it was disappointing. To begin with, they pick you up in an unmarked van and the driver doesn't have paperwork with our names on it (this is dangerous for 2 ladies in a foreign country), although its called Safari, there are no animals whatsoever. There were stops made that I would have preferred not doing if I would have been told in advance such as visiting a Voodoo house (referred to as white magic), touring a home in the mountains (while the woman of the house looked disturbed) does not give you an idea of how the average Dominican lives. I think the tour needs more excitement and adventure.

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