Enjoy the Cultural Highlights of the Samana Peninsula! This tour is designed for those looking to see a little bit of everything including culture with low impact activities. (no horses, no zip line, no ATV and with minimal walking)
Panoramic views from 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the bay. Visit a typical village co-op and quaint gift shop where you can buy local handmade goods including a local moonshine. Taste test chocolate and coffee from the trees around their homes! While we're there we'll show you the different fruits and nuts that grow here in the tropics including, bread fruit, chocolate, coffee, sugar cane, cinnamon and numerous beautiful flowers.
Pass though a very small country town and see a hand rolled cigar factory. Then we would hit the El Valle beach for lunch (fresh fish and chicken, with a typical Dominican buffet) on the beach. (All the while you get as much Beer, Coke, Diet Coke and Water that you can drink. And maybe even some local Rum!)
You'll then end the day visiting the Lulu Waterfalls for a refreshing swim and great photo opportunity. Don't forget your swimsuit!
Note about the beach:
The beach that you would visit is semi secluded. It is about a kilometer long but the problem is that the ocean can be a little rough at times, especially in the winter. The view from the beach is out of this world and most people don't care if they can't swim because the view of the mountains diving into the ocean is just so awesome. (swimming is prohibited at the El Valle beach) There aren't any lounge chairs at this beach yet but there are plenty of chairs available at the restaurant that we will eat at (you don't know where the beach ends and the restaurant starts). There is no snorkeling to speak of here either. The waterfalls however is a great place to swim and you can climb up and jump off of the falls into the pool below.
Why Low Impact:
All sites on the itinerary are easily accessible and the truck usually is only a few feet away at all sites, but the waterfalls is a 10 min walk although the trail is fairly easy.
Tipping Opportunities to keep in mind:
The local kids will walk along with us on the trail to the waterfalls to help anyone who needs a hand. At one point we will walk over 5-8 sand bags to cross the river or across a swinging bridge if it's easier. I recommend to people that they bring dollar bills for tipping, IF, you need help in a few spots. The kids are very helpful and kind. Please don’t be upset with them, they are just trying to make a few dollars working with people who come to their backyard to see beautiful sights and they are actually providing a service that some really need. They are not begging for money which you find often in tourist areas.
Also keep in mind that they are in NO WAY affiliated with Tour Samana With Terry.
You may want to bring a few dollars extra:
We will also have a culture presentation where you can sample local fruits, local moonshine and local produce including some locally grown and processed HOT CHOCOLATE! The best you have ever tried in your entire life! It's like tapping a Chocolate tree! You will have an opportunity to purchase small locally made items as there is a community co-op/gift shop here. (No pressure whatsoever though. I'm just letting people know about it because we often get folks lamenting that they didn't know to bring a little spending cash and they missed out on buying pure chocolate/Cocoa from the local farmers.)
You will spend at least 1 hour 15 min total driving time throughout the countryside. (Most of our roads on this route have been repaved by now but the last part of the road out to the beach is a dirt road.)
You will have all that you can drink: Beer, Various soft drinks and water. Maybe even some rum!