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I do not know which end to start this new ticket. We were made to do so many things in so few days! This press trip aims to highlight other activities than the pure "idleness" in the Dominican Republic.
Excursion to Saona Island
The proof: while we arrived Thursday 16, in the evening, it is only this Monday that I finally managed to swim in the turquoise waters of the Dominican Republic that we see on the tourist brochures!
Monday, therefore: pure relaxation excursion to the island of Saona, in the south of the country. With crossing on a huge catamaran of 28 meters, reserved only for our small group of eight ... The luxury.
A well deserved parenthesis, after all the "sporting" emotions that have been inflicted on us.
The light aircraft
Starting with the flight over the country in "airplane", a kind of minibus with wings and a propeller, to reach the peninsula of Samana in the north and leave. The Dominican Republic from the sky is a fantastic sight. " See the pictures : Caribbean colors " See the video : Me gustan los airplanees
As a result, those of us who were afraid by plane are now either cured or even more terrified than before!
Admire the control tower of the tiny Portillo Airport in the north, in Samana ...
Ride in ... quad
After being sent in the air, Friday place to the wild quad equipped ... Yes, yes, the quad, it is this big noisy thing between the bike and the 4 × 4, which behaves like a motorcycle for children and that goes everywhere. Even the most cautious of us loved it.
We crisscrossed heaps of super quiet beaches (well, before and after our visit) around Las Terrenas. Samana is really a beautiful area.
I highly recommend the experience. The quad is confusing at first, especially when we are used to "normal" motorcycles, but in the end, it's pretty funny ..
This walk was especially the opportunity to leave these tourist enclaves that are the resorts "todo incluido" where we live, and to see a little the "real people". What's good is that you can stop easily on the way.
To make a refreshing stop near a Rio where the Dominicans comes to bathe the weekend with family or between friends. To take a look at the hard-core baseball games that take place in the slick sports fields. To rave about like all urban people in front of horses, cows, pigs seen in the fields or on the road. Or even to take pictures with children, who love to admire on the screen of the camera ...
Los Haitises Park and Limón Waterfall
The next day, on Saturday, we had a speedboat excursion in the morning to the Haitian National Park: limestone cliffs, full of caves and mangroves, much reminiscent of the Thai andamese coast on the Krabi side. Phi Phi.
In the afternoon, climb in the jungle and slush on the back of the canasson, to the fabulous waterfall El Limón. Perhaps the most fun of all our walks!
The bathing is fresh and spectacular. And it's quite difficult to get near the waterspouts while swimming. We must fight against the current and the force of the spray that takes your breath away.
Everywhere, great hospitality, very warm. It's worth it to move away from the beaches.
Yes, life is hard ... It is between 25 and 30 ° C depending on the time of day. We do not have to worry about anything, everything is organized well. And I am delighted with the excursions we have concocted.
I would have a very bad grace to complain ... Only here: besides that, there is accommodation in "todo incluido" or "all-inclusive" or "all-inclusive" as you like. So beautiful are the resorts and hotels offered, this kind of formula that is really not my thing.
I will tell you in a next post, very subjective, my vision of the pangs and the joys of these exotic golden cages for Westerners in need of sunshine ... ;-)