On this active tour you will drive through the city to Fort San Felipe, a historic Spanish fortress built in 1577 to protect the city of Puerto Plata from pirates and other enemies. Here at Puerto Plata's oldest surviving structure, you will enjoy an audio tour of the fort. It is located on a hill at the Puntilla Del Malecon, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; its strategic location protected the entrance to the city's seaport. The construction of the fort was commissioned by King Felipe II of Spain in 1564, and it was completed in 1577 by Don Rengifo de Angulo, the fort's mayor. Today, the Fortaleza San Felipe serves as a museum showcasing the important role it has played in the history of Puerto Plata, and the Dominican Republic. The Fortaleza houses military artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Next, you will make your way to Pargue Independicia where your guide will provide you with interesting information regarding the Victorian architecture. The Parque de la Independencia was the first park in the city and its origin lies in four public squares at the intersection of two then newly opened large boulevards, Santafesino and Argentino, the four-part plaza was named Independencia. You will enter the Cathedral and have ample time for photo opportunities.
Re-board your transportation for a fully narrated countryside drive and then begin to ascend to 2,555 feet above sea-level to the summit of Mount Isabela de Torres.
This is Puerto Plata's most impressive geographic feature towering above the city, which will delight you with panoramic views of Puerto Plata from its flat-topped peak. Once at the top, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, see a representation of a typical countryside house or "casa tipica," take photos of the Christ the Redeemer Statue (a smaller version of the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and enjoy the views of Puerto Plata and the Atlantic Ocean.
After your time at the summit, you will take the cable car ride down the mountain for amazing views and then meet your transportation and return to the cruise center.
Please Note: The order of tour may vary depending upon ship's arrival time. A van or bus descent from the Mt. Isabela summit may be substituted for the cable car in the event of high winds or poor weather conditions. Minimum age to participate is 10 years old. This tour is not advised for those guests with limited mobility (those who may use a cane, walker, or wheelchair).
Reviewer: Kathy E
One of the best cruise tours I’ve ever taken. Staff very knowledgeable about the history of the area. Extremely friendly and courteous service. Everyone on the tour had a great time!
Reviewer: Candy Grasty
Our guide Victor and driver Juan Luis took very good care of us. We had no trouble locating the meeting point outside of the Amber Cove port area. The tour vehicle was clean, air conditioned and easy to board. We traveled to the top of the mountain first, visited the gardens and the Christ the Redeemer statue, and then rode the cable car down to the town below. After a rum punch, we visited a local jewelry workshop and store. The sales people were right on top of us if we stopped to look at anything, but we didn't feel pressured too much to buy. At the old fort, we were fitted with audio narration, but it was not very good quality. We drove through the town and ended at the plaza and cathedral. When I asked if I could go in the cathedral, Victor pointed out that there were men in orange shirts that would try to tell me that they were guides for a fee, but just ignore them. When I then showed some reluctance, Victor said, "Come on, I'll go with you." It was an excellent tour!
Reviewer: Barbara Anderson
Would highly recommend this tour. The guide was great. Spoke very clear English. The group was small. The tour was very interesting & gave us a great view of life in Puerta Plata. The scenery was beautiful.
My mom and I actually got to the meeting spot after the tour bus had left and the owner drove us so that we could meet up with the bus along the tour. As she drove us she talked to us about stuff that we saw along the way, about life in the Dominican Republic and about her self. She went above and beyond. When we finally met up with the bus the tour guide took right over and made us feel very welcome. I HIGHLY recommend this company and this tour.
Reviewer: Gonzalo Hernandez
We had a great time the tour guide wash excellent we got to see a lot of places in Puerto plata that we had never visited before, the ride and the view up and down the mountain was incredible, the town and the fort of san felipe were clean and pleasant to visit, we had a great time, we will visit this area again.