Excursions in Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic is the number one exporter of organic cocoa in the world. Cocoa, an indigenous product of the Americas, has been since the beginning of the European settlement of the island a commodity in the economy of this first country of the new world. An integral part of the Dominican diet, the quality of our cocoa is part of the best chocolates in the world. The tour will take you to the old sugar plains of north Santo Domingo, which is now a free spirited and cultural haven where a cluster of independent local farmers produce some of the country's highest quality cocoa beans. You will appreciate all stages of cocoa growing, select some beans and participate in all the steps of the process. The trip will continue at the Guillen brothers farm/atelier where a group of chocolatiers will roast, hand grind cocoa and make chocolate for your enjoyment. The trip will follow with a meal cooked outdoors with your pick of meats and roots vegetables and your choice of Dominican beers and cacao wine. The tour will end with a musical festival of Dominican-African rhythms inspired by sugarcane and drums.
Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, the oldest city of America and one of the most important cultural centers in the new world. This city opens its doors to a whole world of business, culture, entertainment and fun. Experience the kindness of this city, the hospitality, the contagious and magical smile of the Dominican people. Its streets, avenues, squares and parks form part of a rich and particular historical cultural heritage. Enjoy sightseeing the large Plaza España, the pedestrian street of Atarazana, Las Damas Street. You can observe the extraordinary splendor of the historic monuments: Las Casas Reales Museum, Torre del Homenaje, Ozama Fortress, or visit The Alcázar de Colón, National Pantheon and the Cathedral.
Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, the oldest city of America and one of the most important cultural centers in the new world. This city opens its doors to a whole world of business, culture, entertainment and fun. We are sure that the kindness of this city, the hospitality, the contagious and magical smile of the Dominican people will be an unforgettable experience. While walking through the colonial city, visitors will have the pleasure to visit i ts main monuments such as the Cathedral, the Diego Columbus's House and our National Pantheon. Also you will have time for shopping.
An exciting adventure to a land of unusual and unspoiled beauty. The scenery alone is worth the trip. A different, amusing and exciting world where the rivers, the mountains and the natural landscapes are attributes that reign. Jarabacoa is a perfect place for those who appreciate the challenge of the mountains. Including rafting through the canyons and rapids, hiking, abseiling and rock-climbing, horseback rides to the waterfalls and jeep safaris through the forested areas. Via air-conditioned vehicle drive to Jarabacoa the mountainous interior of the country, famous for Pico Duarte, which at nearly 3050 m is the highest mountain in the Caribbean. Hop on a raft and enjoy the cool water of the Yaque del Norte river, the largest in the Caribbean. Experience the twist and turns of the river as well as the virgin scenery and landscapes, only accessible through this kind of trip. Go through canyons and rapids allowing you to discover places unknown to most.
Saona Island is the biggest one surrounding the Dominican Republic and is part of the Eastern National Park, a natural reserve with local flora and fauna which are recognized by their incomparable beauty. To go to Saona Island you will board a luxurious catamaran for a 2 h cruise and enjoy the sunbathing, the crystal blue water, music and an open bar on board. This is an excellent cruise for navigation and sailing afficionados. At the beach the crew will prepare a delicious typical Dominican lunch and afterwards there will be time to stretch your legs, swim or simply relax and enjoy the incomparable beauty of the setting. Returning on a speed boat with a capacity for up to 15 persons, you will stop at a beautiful natural swimming pool where you can admire the amazing starfishes and colourful fishes... perfect setting for a refreshing dip.