Best day we had on the island! The tour was a absolute wonderful time. Very well managed and organized. They really go out of the way to make sure you are enjoying your experience.
We were a little apprehensive booking this trip, due to the fact it wasn't available through our resort. Only to come find out later the reason is, they do not pay a commission to the resorts. We were pleased beyond belief with the excursion. The phone number that Horseplay provides you is a direct cell number to the people picking you up in the morning. So don't be cheap call the phone number if you have any questions or concerns about being picked up. We called at 9:00am and Jose answered the phone and said they will be there in five minutes. And he was!
We were picked up at the resort about 9:05am. We then went to a few other resorts to pick up other executioners. It was absolutely wonderful because we sat in an raised open air'd Horseplay vehicle. Then we drove through the country side and small towns/villages to Rancho Real cigar making factory. They met us in the parking lot to explain what was about to happen, and handed out cigars for our enjoyment. We learn about cigar making and watched them rolled cigars, then were were able to roll our own. There is a small gift store to by souvenirs, cigars, and rum at a very reasonable price. Without pressure to make a purchase.
After the cigar demonstration, Jose and team brought us to our horses. Jose asked us about our riding level and matched us to the appropriate horse. They helped us get saddled. They were very, very, very helpful in every way. For instance, one of the excursioners was an elderly lady, and a trail guide rode next to her the entire time holding a lead rope for her. We rode through some jungle and over the river a few times to the Ranch, which was about an hour and half away. You were able to ride side by side, or in a line, trot, or gallop. However you felt comfortable.
I had an EXCELLENT time on this excursion. The driver was great and the tour guide was pleasant and very knowledgeable. Good sense of humor too. Overall, a wonderful time. I would highly recommend to others.
we had a great time, the horseback riding was a beautiful ride thru the woods and rivers..the cigar rolling was a great experience...the lunch was excellent, learning about the cocoa and zip lining...all was amazing!! highly recommended!!
What a fantastic day long excursion and one that is an EXCELLENT VALUE! While the pickup was a little behind we were apologized to several times. The guide Jose was engaging and made sure that each customer received individual attention and he made sure everyone had a great time. The first stop was a cigar factory where everyone got a free sample cigar and was then given a very detailed demonstration 15 - 20 min and then was allowed to roll their own cigar free of charge as a souvenir. Next was the 45 min horseback ride to the zip line. The animals are well taken care of and safety was the 1 concern. You can trot or ride at a full gallop if you want, there are several guides so everyone can ride at their own comfort level, Once at the zip line we were treated to a wonderful home cooked lunch and free drinks beer is 3. Warning bring your own bottled water if you are wary of the purified water provided. Next was the zip line which you can do once or twice if you want I recommend 2x. The cocoa demonstration was informative and the end product, which is made right in front of you, is nothing like you have ever tasted. There are items for sale and tips are accepted, but bring small denominations since they do not have change. The ride back was shorter which was fine as sitting in a saddle for several hours can be a little uncomfortable if you aren't used to it. We were then dropped off at our respective resorts after we had to stop to fix a flat there was no extra charge for that part of the trip All told our total excursion started a 9am and we were back at about 5. Like I said it is well worth the money as a regular zip line tour was about the same price and uses the same line that we used. A big thanks to the staff for a great day!
Unbelievable! By far the best day we had in the Dominican Republic. From the cigar factory to the lunch at the ranch to the zip line and ride back we had the most memorable day. It rained pretty much all day but we just didn't care. The whole experience was a once in a lifetime day. Well worth the money. The horses were sound but not ploddy. Very responsive but not head strong. We learnt about cigars and the industry. Chocolate and Mamajuana, what's not to love! All the guides were fantastic. Entertaining but not pushy. The zip lines were fantastic. Not short and gone in a blink of the eye but high and long and over a ravine and banana plantation, we actually got to go on them twice. The lunch was delicious and the ride back was fun through rivers and rainforests. Highly recommended.
We had such a wonderful time doing this tour. The guide was so informative, entertaining and welcoming. Every one involved was friendly. The horse riding experience is a true riding experience through the forest and cross the river. What beautiful sighthing to see. This tour is worth the money.
The tour was awesome. Their tour guide Jose was very funny and friendly. His wife cooks a delicious Dominican lunch. Horseback riding lasted 1 - 1.5 hour divided into two sessions. Zipline was awesome, although they only had two zip lines available. However, they allow you to go as many times as you'd like. The provide an excellent demonstration on the cacao bean and how they create chocolate from it. Overall this was a top notch tour and I highly recommend it!
I recommend this trip to anyone who is visiting the area. We packed a variety of activities into one day, however, it felt relaxed and unhurried. The owner of the ranch, Kathy, made me feel welcome and even sat down to lunch, had a chat with the group and joined in on the ziplining. It was a nice personal touch. All of the staff are friendly and there was no pressure to buy anything. The horses are very well behaved, which is a good thing because I had never ridden before. Definitely a highlight of my holiday and an experience I will remember for a long time to come.
Great time. The guides really helped me relax and enjoy myself. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Horsepen did a excellent job with catering and crafting this tour and experience where you get a history lesson, small factory tour of how cigar and coco are made. The guides were amazing, showing us help ppl of the DR live and work. It was a humbling tour that good great local food as well.
Absolutely fantastic!!! If you have never ridden a horse it wont matter. The horses are very tame and know what they are doing. The family who run the tour are lovely and will make you feel welcome. I would highly e4commend this excursion.
This was a wonderful tour! Jose' was super and very informative. We watched cigar making at one place, rode the horses up to the delicious lunch, then ziplined. Jose' showed us cacao seed and how to make chocolate. We were offered Mamajuana - it's great! Special props to Tomas and Martinez, our horses, too.
On the way back to hotel, watched jewelry making and shopped. Best fun ever!
excellent a fun packed time, it's a must to DO on the list of excursions.. would recommend this .... top rated
My wife and I did this trip during the slower months and we were actually the only 2 people on the tour. We were slightly nervous at first since this was our first visit out of the country and off the resort. Jose quickly put any worries to rest. Jose was an amazing guide and ensured that we were happy throughout the day. Everyone we came in contact with was great! From the people to the lunch, there was nothing we'd change about this tour. Highly recommended.
This was the best excursion! Everyone was so nice and the food was AMAZING. Definitely do it!
Allan United Kingdom
One of my most amazing excursion experiences ever. We took the option of the Cattle Drive too and we were glad we did. We were picked up by Kathy on time and driven to the ranch in a 4x4. It was great that it is so local to most of the resorts in the Punta Cana/Bavaro area. Journey time was about 20 minutes. Kathy told us a lot about local life on the way. Upon arriving at the ranch we met the days group and were given a tour of the cigar factory shop and even got to roll our own flavoured cigar to keep too. The tour guides were a great laugh!
We were assigned our horses for the day and set out ridding across the Dominican countryside. It was indescribably good! We trekked to another ranch where we zip-lined across rivers and through tree tops. It was another great feature of the day! We then enjoyed a lovely home cooked, plentiful Dominican lunch cooked by the guide Joses wife. Later a handful of us took the horses out guided a herd of cattle from a field through a river and into another paddock to graze. You work as a team to herd them up, its fairly easy. The cattle are slow, but crafty! The guides really look after you. It was exciting, felt safe and facilities and horses were of a top standard and appeared in excellent health. I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat to anyone who enjoys something adventurous and different to the norm. When a definite when not if I go back to the Dominican Republic I will more than likely do this trip again, it was out of this world! This excursion was part of my 5th holiday to the country during the last 5 years. The booking and communications regarding collection from our resort were all great too and went perfectly to plan.
Chris L United States of ...
This was a great excursion. The guides on the excursion were very friendly and helpful. It was most definitely the best food we ate on our trip! Jose was a great guide. The horses were well mannered and easy to ride. The cattle drive was a fun little side trip at the end. Cigars at the factory are very tasty and reasonably priced.
What a fun experience! A friend recommended the trip to us and I was so impressed by how organized this trip was. We did SO MUCH in just one day. Our tour guide Jose was so funny and knowledgeable. This was a perfect trip, and at such an affordable rate. Me and our boyfriend enjoyed ourselves from the Cigar Factory to zip lining. And lunch was yummy too. I highly recommend this trip for those looking to get a great bang for your buck!
Fun times, Jose and his guys were attentive and very patient with all of us non-experienced riders. Highly recommended indeed!
This was the best tour that I have ever been on. The tour guide was very informative and allowed us to see the real Dominican Republic. It is a very family oriented tour the all can enjoy.
A great day! We had fun on the horses, especially San Diego. Would definitely recommend. The zip wire was worth a second go too.