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Experience the diversity of Dominican countryside in an open-air safari-style vehicle during this guided tour from Punta Cana. Venture into the Anamuya Mountains, explore an old sugar plantation, watch locals hand-roll cigars and relax on the white sands of Macao Beach. There’s even time to horseback ride and savor a typical buffet lunch before visiting a Dominican family on this tour that showcases some of Dominican Republic’s rural character. All activities, tastings, lunch and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included.


  • Safari adventure around the eastern Dominican Republic by open-air safari-style vehicle
  • Watch a cigar-rolling demonstration by master craftsmen
  • Take a leisurely horseback ride in the lush countryside grounds of the sugar plantation
  • Taste organic coffee, fruits and chocolate inside a typical Dominican family home
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch and round-trip transport from Punta Cana or Bavaro
  • Enjoy access to a private beach club on Macao Beach

What You Can Expect

Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana

Enjoy the exotic flavors of tropical fruit, roasted coffee and local cacao!

Your open-air safari-style truck will collect you from your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel, where this incredible Dominican Republic countryside safari from Punta Cana kicks off. You’ll make your way to through the towering Anamuya Mountains and take in some of the most epic scenery this country has to offer. Your friendly local guide will offer commentary and history as you navigate through the terrain.

Spend 25 minutes riding on horseback through an old sugar plantation and learn about production of this staple export. Listen to a generations-old master craftsman explain the art of tobacco harvest and sit back for a demonstration of rolling these popular item. 

Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a view at a mountaintop restaurant, where you’ll sample plenty of local dishes, as well as Dominican beer and rum. After a delicious meal with your fellow travelers, you’ll visit the home of a local Dominican family and share freshly brewed coffee, mamajuana and other local treats before making your way to Macao Beach.

Enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure at this private beach club that’s known for its white sands, clear blue waters and topical vibe, before making your way back to your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel.

Customer Reviews

Tammy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the route and all of the stops. Maria's house was very interesting. She was friendly and very pleasant. Planning to return back in 2017 and will take this tour again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

THIS is the tour everyone should take get a taste coffee, chocolate, pineapple, sugar cane..etc plus nice lunch. See the countryside, and then get on your knees for all you may take for granted. This is the only tour we took, and I'll always have lasting memories!!! Great tour guide!!!

javier g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

wow, truly an amazing experience and our tour guide Alex delighted us with great information throughout the whole tour. Alex also pretty funny and made everyone laugh so that was a plus as well. The your itself was amazing, drove around the neighborhood, went to eat and then got to visit Maria's house where we got to see how to make cocoa and taste it and as well other stuff.

Aleze F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Sammy was great and the tour was informative. Seeing beyond the tourists attractions and experiencing the culture was worth every cent. I highly recommend it....and I went alone, but those on the buss made me feel like family!

Denise P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide J.J. was very informative and kept us laughing. We got to see how sugar cane juice is extracted, cigars are rolled, and we took a ride across the coffee plantation on horseback. Lunch was great. Real Dominican food. At Maria's House we explored how many dominican products are made and got to taste everything , yum!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour guide, Alex, was hilarious and was very enthusiastic about answering all our questions. The team was very generous with samples throughout the trip and did not push for tips or purchases at all, although many items were available throughout the trip. It was a great way to get to learn about the Dominican Republic and the lifestyle of many people there. They also donate a portion of the money back to the community! Viator was extremely helpful in fixing the excursion booking even after I had booked the wrong location initially.

Adam L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This tour is awesome. We had very good and funny guide guy who told us about everything. We eat sugar cane and drink sugar juice and also we tried row chocolate which tasted very very good. I highly recommending this tour. I would book anything with Runners tour company.

Sari W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was great! Sammy was an amazing tour guide and so helpful. We loved the cigar-making demonstration, the tasting of the different coffees and chocolate, and learning more about the Dominican Republic, its natives, the food, the people, the agriculture. We did four different excursions while in the D.R. and this one by far was the best. I highly recommend it because you learn so much. I loved the horseback riding wish we could have had longer time on the horses and the people we met were very friendly. Also, the lunch we were served with native food - esp. the moro was absolutely amazing - the best food we had on the entire trip. Bavaro Runners is a good company - they picked us up on time for the adventure and brought us back to our resort at the end of the day. If you take this tour, make sure you request Sammy as your tour guide. he is a lot of fun and very knowledgeable.

Cecilia D

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

This was a great excursion and I appreciate the company calling me at my resort to see if I wanted to reschedule after they had to cancel the excursion on the day we went due to dangerous roads with water and blockage of the bridge we needed to cross. I loved it all except the horseback riding part. The way the excursion reads leads you to believe you will take the horses up a mountain. The terrain we were in was extremely muddy and nothing to really see it was just a big field and the horses seemed tired. So that part was a little disappointing. It would have been better if we actually went on a real trail or along the beach. Also at least been advised to bring proper clothing for getting all muddied up. Other than that this was a great way to spend the day and our guide MiMi was WONDERFUL!!!!! If you want to see a little bit of everything from the beach, the mountain, real coffee, cigars, and souvenirs this is the thing to do!

Aikisha R United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

This was a great tour at a very reasonable rate. We made the mistake by not booking ahead of time so options were limited at the price point we were looking for. Some companies could not guarantee pick up from the hotel by the next morning. I was able to call the customer service number and the young lady that booked me actually took the time to call and speak with a live person that could accommodate us on such short notice, thus this is how we ended up going with Bavaro Runners. This tour was a great learning experience if you are truly interested in learning about the D.R culture and land. We enjoyed Casa de Maria, horse back riding, sugar cane tour, demonstration on making cigars, and lunch was great. I wish we had more time on Macow Beach without local's selling souvenirs It was nice to cool down at the calm beach after being on the hot bus and under the sun all day. The tour guides we very nice and knowledgeable. They also provide cold bottled water which was a plus. The only reason I rated this a 4 was because there was conveniently an opportunity for a sales pitch after every stop. I guess this is expected when traveling and ok if you are interested in making purchases, plus there was no pressure what so ever to buy...I would, and have already recommended this excursion when traveling to the D.R. FYI this is an all day excursion, bring plenty of insect repellent and sunblock. Wear cool/comfy clothes and shoes. We brought extra water just incase, but wished we had packed extra batteries for phone and camera.

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