Want to see the real Samana Province of the Dominican Republic without a line of other tourists around? This is YOUR TOUR!
On this Private tour, you will step back in time to a simpler way of life. You will meet locals who are gracious for your presence in their home country. They welcome you into their backyard to enjoy the views and learn their way of life.
After being met at the pier, you will depart and begin driving to a private property where the horses are kept, approximately 25 minutes away.
Once saddled up and on horseback, we will ride out into the country, traveling by local farms to a small general store in the middle of the countryside. Here, you will have the opportunity to try some fresh picked local fruits, view locally grown coffee and coconut bread made the old-fashioned way.
You will then follow the river valley, making various river crossings like a cowboy in the old western movies. If the river conditions permit, you may even ride down the middle of the river for a mile or so. You will end the ride on El Valle beach. Total riding time is approximately 1 to 2 hours.
At the beach, kids may greet you with handmade banana leaf bracelets and rings for a dollar, so don't forget a few small bills. Although the beach is not safe for swimming, it more than makes up for that with its natural beauty. In this setting you will enjoy a typical Dominican buffet (fresh fish and chicken) with as much local beer, soda and water as you can drink (and maybe even some local rum!).
After lunch you will visit the Lulu Waterfalls. A 10-minute walk from the parking area along a fairly moderate trail will bring you to this jungle setting. Local kids are on hand to help those guests needing help along the trail or crossing the river via 6-8 sandbags. If you ask for their help, a dollar tip is suggested for services rendered. They do not beg for handouts. Here you will have approximately 20 minutes of free time to take a quick swim, jump from the rocks above into the water, or just sit and enjoy the setting or take photos.
Please be aware that most of the roads traveled during the tour are not paved and bumps are to be expected. Maximum weight for this breed of horse is 250 pounds. Any guests weighing over this will not be allowed to participate and will not be entitled to a refund. Any guests under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance that might hinder decision making / reactions will be denied participation.