We took a tour with the “Bavaro Runners” touroperator, where we came to see the countryside of Dominican Republic. This is the most important thing to do, when visiting DR. This will make you understand the locals better, and somehow also make you even more impressed at these small paradise-resorts that has been put up.
We visited a ranch first, at the feet of the mountains, where we was horsebackriding for a short time. Really impressive nature.
Then we went on towards the mountains, where the next stop was a coffee and cocoa-ranch. The original methods of producing coffee and cacao was presented by the owner of the ranch. We where given samples to taste, and of course, you could buy the products. Some tourist seems to be offended by this, but the owner of the ranch didn’t try to push the products in anyway, and it was totally up to yourself. The locals just try to make a decent living here. Knowing that a minimum vage is 200$ in DR, we understand why every ekstra dollar counts.
The pictures above shows the 64 year old Maria, owner of the farm, making coffee beans by hand.
Next stop was a sugarcane farm, which also was said to be a tobacco farm. But as we have been in Cuba, and seen then real cigarsrolling tobaccofarms, I am certain, that it was a “fake”. The didn’t have any tobaccoplants, and compared to the real cuban cigarrollers, the guy was obviosly an amature. The also offers to sell “no-name” brand cigars to the visitors. It was fun to see, and even more fun when you know it is a trick. We are sure that is was because it really is a sugarcane farm, but sugerjuice is quite difficult to sell to the tourists, they made a “tobacco-farm” also.
After this stop, we had a lunch in the mountains, and thereafter a very interresting drive though the countryside, seeing the small villages and Higeuy. THIS is really cool to see, and gives you half-an-hour with the real DR. Last stop on the tour is Macao beach, which is beautiful, but very crowded with tourists and locals trying to sell everything to you.
The touroperator Bavaro Runners, was ok, the transport was in huge safaritrucks, because of the bumpy roads in the mountains. These trucks are not comfortable, so be prepared for this. The guide was cool, funny and positive, but this kind of guide that talks alot, without telling you that much 😉