2. Zip line and horseback riding – Horseplay Ranch
Another part of the tour is the zipline and as you can imagine it is awesome, exhilarating and breathtaking. Our guides are friendly, relaxed in everything that they do and make you feel secure while having a great time. After short safety briefing you will soar through the tree tops flying from tree to tree, over the river… Zip line is constructed by USA quality standards and has double cable system.
Horseback riding is another enjoyable vacation activity on HorsePlay ranch; each horse is individually chosen for every rider, by his weight, riding experience, etc. Whether you are novice, intermediate or pro rider, your guide will adjust route and speed to match your experience. The horses are healthy, in good condition, fit and very well behaved. Route is in perfect harmony with the environment, the landscape changes from lush, green and wooded areas to riverside areas (and river crossing) and it’s quite spectacular. Horseback riding is orientated for everyone and you will definitely enjoy your time.
4. Macao beach – Lunch, swimming and relaxing
Our exciting jeep-safari tour ends at amazing Macao beach where we serve lunch at the beach restaurant and enjoy swimming in the ocean. After the adventurous day this is the opportunity to chill before get back to the resorts
3. Cigar art rolling – Rancho Real
Our next stop on the tour is reserved for Rancho Real where you will get some knowledge about cigar art rolling. You will also have unique opportunity to roll your own cigar and enjoy some free tasting. This ranch also offers variety of birds as well as orchid garden in its natural surroundings.
1. Typical Dominican House – El Bonao
We will stop at a typical Dominican house in the mountain countryside surrounded by a green tropical garden. You will see its interior, learn about everyday life of the locals, and learn about the process of harvesting and making cacao, coffee and Mamajuana. There will be also the short presentation about different plants (calabassa, aloe vera, vanillia, cinnamon, lemon grass, plantain, coconut, pineapple…) and their medical or other purposes. We will finish this visit drinking fresh made coffee and chocolate watching beautiful nature around.
Our private jeep tour was fantastic! We lucked out and really did have a private tour, just my wife and I with Vojaslov and Peter (I hope I got your names right!?!). Most tours would cancel but not these guys, they were very informative and energetic! We drove the Jeep right from our resort and went to Christian's farm to see how the coffee and cocoa is processed, and had lots of coffee, fruit, cocoa, mama juana. Then drove to do a quick zip lining and horseback riding which was lots of fun; then to the cigar shop where we rolled our own cigars, then ended with DR fried chicken on Macao Beach. We couldn't have had a better day! Don't bother with the big resort tours where they cram tons of people, we've always found these smaller ones way more worthwhile! I would recommend to anyone!
A must if you are looking for adventure and a true taste of the DR
, Jan 2020
Imagine jumping into a top down Jeep and driving yourselves to the heart of Punta Cana with two friendly jovial guides who show you the countryside while learning about the flora and fauna of the DR; meeting extraordinary individuals who are eager to share their stories and trades with you. See a small farm where coffee and chocolate are made; learn the art of cigar making even if you aren’t a smoker it’s quite the experience. Horseback ride through streams sourced by the mountains and zip line back and forth over the same water. Enjoy the friendly locals and then head to the beach where wildest waves are and a meal is prepared for you. This experience will be the highlight of your DR trip etching memories that you will talk about for years. Sounds like an advertisement but this was 2 middle aged adventure seeking besties experience. I can’t say enough about our guides- they made the experience easy with plenty of communication on the walkie talkies as they led the way in their Jeep. Every moment was complete with explanation and assurance, but laced in humor. Thanks Voislav and Peter for attention to detail and making this a trip one we will cherish for years to come. Heart Hugs always from Indianapolis!
This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. As someone who spent countless hours researching every aspect of our trip including reading hundreds of reviews on potential excursions, believe me when I tell you this was worth every penny. This is truly a private tour, no fighting crowds or pushy vendors. We had 2 adults and our 4 children ages 13, 13, 12 & 10 and had 2 Jeeps entirely to ourselves. We followed our guides everywhere and always felt very safe. Our 3 guides were so informative, genuine, and went above and beyond what was expected. We not only learned a great deal about the DR, but had a ton of fun doing so. While at Christian’s home we were able to try native fruits, chocolate, coffee and mamajuana. What was even cooler is we were able to learn about the process and history behind each. The zip line portion was a little quick as there is only 2 lines but the horseback riding was awesome. It was the highlight of the trip for many of us, as this was the first time riding a horse for 5 of us. Cigar rolling was a unique experience and we were able to take them with us, so I could enjoy them back at the resort. A fantastic lunch was served after we were able to hang at the beach and swim without any pressure to hurry or buy anything as we had our own covered picnic table as home base. As a side note my daughter was able to get her hair braided here on the beach just like what was offered at the resort for half the price (set up by our guide). We took some of our own pictures but didn’t need to because the group photographer took plenty of great shots and they were posted online the following week just as we were promised. I would highly recommend this excursion, it wasn’t a tourist trap like many of the others we had seen down there but truly a Dominican experience. Well done Just Safari!
We had round trip transportation from our resorts. Loved going to Christian's house. The fresh chocolate and coffee were AMAZING! We enjoyed the cigar tour as well. It was like spending the day with friends learning about Dominican. Areas we didn't really care for were the horse back riding and zip lining. We also anticipated a newer Jeep after seeing photos of the tour. Overall we had a great day with the tour guides . Thought about coming it again a couple days later to visit Christian's house and the cigar factory again.