Dominican Republic Countryside Safari Tour from Punta Cana - Reviews

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Tyana V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Just amazing!!! Go it is so worth the money and time well spent!

Tamika F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

The tour was amazing. The tour guide was funny and very knowledgeable. The tour guide and the bus driver Junior were great. They made the cultural experience come alive. I highly recommend this tour .

ahrndtsg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

A must if you want to really experience real life in the DR.We drove through many small towns,seeing schools and the children,the homes and businesses of the people.The farm lands and some of Irma's aftermath on this beautiful island.The people are so welcoming and hard working.Maria's house was very interesting and we loved learning about the coffee,cocoa,vanilla tobacco,seeing and tasting first hand how they are grown.We had a nice lunch and stopped for the horseback ride.That was a bit sad. Dogs run freely throughout the island and all are thin,the horses were very thin.I just wanted to give them food and water. Our guide Mimi and our driver were very entertaining.Mimi is the real deal!!!lots of laughter.We were picked up on time at our resort and had a great and memorable day! Plenty of water provided all day.

Chasity M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The best part of the tour is the lunch!! It was great Dominican Food! The food at my resort was awful so I was happy to get food here! Also the horse back riding and cigar making was awesome too! And the beach is nice! Be prepared to spend the whole day on this tour I left hotel at 830am and got back at 4pm!

Jamarr F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

One of thee best excursions available.The staff for the excursion was beyond hilarious and very informative.You get to experience alot of different aspects of DR culture and ways.The food was excellente,the making of cigars was remarkable.Hell yeah I would recommend this excursion

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.

franlaverne2009

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!

Shivani

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.

Deshawn W

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2015

I enjoyed most of the tour. Our guide was friendly and knowledgable. The sugar cane was delicious. Try it. The cigar rolling was interesting, but I could have done without the racist comment about making chicken- flavored cigars. Horseback riding....well let's just say, I required a trip to the first aid kit as my horse ran me into a tree. By the last stop, I was tired and ready to go, but it was very interesting. I would definitely recommend it.

Don E

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2017

I would have gladly sacrificed half the time spent in the cigar shop, and sampling coffee, chocolate and Mamawana, for more time horseback. While the promise of a beach visit was kept, getting in the water was not possible - it was a surfing beach. Best part of the tour was virtually limitless Cuba Libre's.

Kyle C

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2017

I just recently went on this excursion about a week ago and it was overall a good time. You get to hear a little about the DR, try some mamajuana and visit a very nice beach in the end. My only real issue with this excursion was that our tour guide Alex slandered Haiti while we were on our way to our first destination. While talking about how rich the Dominican Republic is, our tour guide felt the need to state that the reason Haiti is so poor is because of the lack of foreign investment due to the Haitian peoples inability to stop fighting. While saying this, he makes a hand gesture pulling an imaginary guns trigger. Not only is this completely false and inappropriate, it further perpetuates the negative image of Haiti and the Haitian people that is pushed by western media. I think Alex is in need of a history lesson as to why Haiti is in the situation it is in instead slandering an entire country and their people. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he just make a mistake but something tells me he was purposely insulting Haiti. I am aware of the relationship between the two nations and know about the Dominican Republic's historical racist treatment towards Haitians and dark skinned Dominicans that continue till this day and understand how that can cause ignorance. Hopefully he sees this and corrects his mistake.

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