Through this horseback trek you will discover the Dominican Republic otherwise: the beaches, yes, everyone knows them, but also its mountains and especially its inhabitants. Las Terrenas is located north of the island on the peninsula of Samana. This place is magical because of its numerous deserted beaches with white sand and are recognized to be the most beautiful of the country. You will also be impressed by the greenery of this place and the steep relief that surrounds and composes the peninsula. Many mountains and meadows border this place. Finally, Las Terrenas is not part of these big seaside cities like Puerto Plata, Romana or even Punta Cana. No Las Terrenas remains a fishing village where tourism mixes completely with the local and where safety is absolutely present.
CARIBBEAN RIDES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
INDICATIVE ITINERARIES *
11 DAY TRIP :
Day 1: Arrival: Arrival by plane at Las Americas airport in Santo Domingo or Las Terrenas, El Catey, Samana (flights only to and from Canada all year round) and France (winter for this year). When you arrive, you will be welcomed by a speaker speaking English, Spanish and French, 2 hours drive are enough to get to Las Terrenas if you land in Las Americas or 20min if you land in El Catey. We will take you to your hotel or your guide will be waiting to welcome you and explain how your stay will be. Las Terrenas is a fishing village located in the northern part of the country, in the Samana Peninsula. This site is famous for having the most beautiful beaches in the country (2 of the most beautiful in the world, Playa Rincon and Playa Coson) as well as for the history of the Taino natives, people leaving us many traces of their past in Caves that you will have the opportunity to visit on the peninsula in Los Haitises.
Day 2: Hoyo Cacao-Loma: First raised in your comfortable hotel, with the sunshine of the caribbean and the songs of the exotic birds. Before enjoying your sumptuous breakfast, you can enjoy the swimming pool next to your room. Then we go by car to the hacienda to discover the center and get to know the team. We will take the time to discuss with you to assign your horses according to your tastes and your experiences and then we will go for a one and a half hour tour to the çcascadettes. We will have lunch at Nadine's, over the hacienda, to discover the flavors of the Dominican Republic. Finally, preparation of the horses and we leave for a walk on the "small loop". You will then become acquainted with your horses and you will already be aware of their ability to climb and climb the lomas (hills). Return to the hacienda, horse care and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel according to your option. Duration: about 3h 1/2 - 4 hours horse ride.
Day 3: Playa Coson, swimming and lobster: Today we go to discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Playa Coson. Once our horses are ready, we will see beautiful views before finally reaching the beach where we can gallop, What a dream! A beach of 10 km of white sand running along this turquoise sea! We will let our horses rest in the shade of a coconut tree the time for us to taste a succulent piña colada in the pineapple at the recognized Dominican restaurant ¨Luis¨. We will eat in the same place the fabulous lobsters you can choose, or shrimp or fish. Meal cooked in a typical way with wood fire! A real joy. We will then return to the hacienda through the cascadettes, then we will take care of our horses before returning to the hotel. Meals and overnight at hotel according to option. Duration: about 4 1/2 hours horse ride.
Day 4: Excursion to ¨Les haitises¨: Today we leave to discover the history of the Tainos Indians. Indeed, this people lived here long before the arrival of the Spaniards. Christopher Columbus and his troops driving them from their land, the Indians took refuge in caves. These caves testify to their past thanks to their cave paintings. This tour will be by boat and you will slalom between several small islands, some inhabited by hundreds of fabulous birds. On the program, history and bird watching. You will eat in a magnificent eco lodges lined with magnificent waterfalls and natural pools (option) or in the cantina, where you will eat a typical meal. Return to hotel then dinner and overnight at hotel according to option.
Day 5: On the road to Ranchito: We will be very happy today to find our horses rested at the Hacienda. We go across the lomas and see some beautiful landscapes in the hinterland. We will have the chance to discover this rural environment or we will cross only the premises that work the sugarcane or cultivate the yucca. We will then arrive at the Ranchito, second equestrian center belonging to your guide Carole. Horse care then return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel according to option. Duration: about 4 hours horse ride.
Day 6: Limon Ride: Departure from the Ranchito. This day, we will move away from our starting point and change scenery across the lomas to our second stage, the Barbacoa. After a good lunch with our horses, we will leave to reach the fabulous deserted beach of Limon, white sand beach covering kilometers where we can dream at a gallop! Important step for the horses because it's their gallop! We can swim with the horses and enjoy the beach if we have time. The water is turquoise. We then leave to join our cottage (la maravilla). Tonight we will sleep in an enchanting place where all the rooms are gathered around a beautiful swimming pool. Evening and night in the cottage. Duration: About 5 hours horse ride.
Day7: Coffee Road: This morning we will taste coffee and cocoa. Indeed, we leave on the famous road of the coffee, path impossible to circumvent of Las Terrenas, we will pass in ways or none other that the horse can not pass! We will certainly have the chance to taste avocados and mangoes picked on the tree, or guava, potatoes or guanabanas, tamarindos, a quantity of fruits of which you did not even suspect the existence! At noon we will eat at our favorite mamita, Helena, who will cook us a delicious typical meal in its botanical garden and which will make us taste its coffee and cocoa. At the end of the meal, the national digestive (mamajuana) will be served to us, enjoying the dessert, bananas with local honey. In the afternoon we will watch horse latex, very beautiful trees as well as the huge bamboos of this road. Horse care then transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel according to option. Duration: about 5 hours horse ride.
Day 8: Excursion by boat - Deserted beaches and snorkeling: This day will be spent on a deserted beach where you will have the time to enjoy swimming and you can relax in the sun or snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. In short you understand, this day is made to enjoy the beautiful beaches. Several options, scuba diving, whales (depending on season), spa, visit of Santo Domingo, kite surfing, surfing, ...
Day 9: Crest Trail: Get Ready! Today we will make the most difficult hike of the stay but without doubt one of the most beautiful. This excursion was concocted by our guide Carole, who specially worked to offer one of the most beautiful views to our riders eager for beautiful landscapes, tranquility, wonderful views and freedom. We will go to the highest peaks of Las Terrenas, in the middle of the cunuco (wild vegetable gardens,) in our mountains, and we will taste orange, grapefruit and wild pineapple and a multitude of other fruits in abundance. We will be in the most remote paths, and we will certainly pass through herds of cows and horses in semi-freedom. This path will require some footing. Late meal at the Ranchito de Carole. Horse care. Dinner and overnight at hotel according to option. Duration: about 4h30 on horseback
Day 10: swimming on horseback, waterfalls Limon: What a day for this last epic horse! It is this morning that you will realize your dream! Swim with your horse. After this week of hiking, you will be able to thank your horse for his work by rewarding him. Horses love bathing and will tell you! Afterwards, we will return to the Ranchito, go to eat at Santi, a must, then we will go trekking on foot to the magnificent waterfalls of Limon where we can bathe in the fresh water of the mountains. A real show! Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Excursion in option, departure: The day of departure has arrived, any option is possible before your return by plane, beach, excursion (optional), purchase of souvenirs, surfing ... return in the evening for the flights leaving Saint-Domingo and midday for flights departing from Las Terrenas.
8 DAY TRIP:
Day 1: Arrival at Las Americas (Santo Domingo) airport or El Catey (Samana) airport, welcome by your hosts speaking French, English and Spanish, transfer to Las Terrenas (about 1h45 from Las Americas, 25 min from El Catey), installation at your hotel where, after the welcome cocktail, you will have a small snack in case of late arrival, or have dinner.
Day 2: Las Terrenas: Hoyo del Cacao (approx. 3h30 riding). Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Hacienda. You will meet the team and the horses so that we find together which one will suit you best. First ride called "small waterfalls" (about 1h15), then back to the Hacienda and lunch with Nadine near the swimming pool just above the Hacienda. In the afternoon, you will go in the lomas (hills) and have an overview of the huge climbing capacity
of our horses. Return to the hacienda and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and night at the hotel.
Day 3: Coson beach (approx. 4h30 riding). After breakfast, transfer to the Hacienda and then towards the beach of Coson, 10 km of sand where you will enjoy galloping in line. Lunch at Luis on the beach, specialist of lobster (off breeding season). Back by small paths where you will discover many caves and small waterfalls. Dinner and night at the hotel.
Day 4: Excursion. Depending on the option, today you will see the Los Haïtises National Park, where lived the Taino Indians, go in the mangroves and visit caves where you will discover petroglyphs and pictograms; lunch in an eco-lodge or a cantina depending of the day. Or you can go to see the whales (Jan 20 – Mar 10), or have a trip to the Samana Market in the morning and do snorkeling (or nothing) in the afternoon, or even have your own private boat to go on wild beaches where the lunch will be served. Dinner and night at your hotel.
Day 5: The Coffee road. After breakfast, transfer to the Hacienda, and you will go to the mythical Coffee road. Some narrow and difficult parts may require to dismount. You will discover another Dominican Republic, the kindness of its inhabitants, perhaps free cattle or horses. Typical lunch at Elena where you will discover the secrets of making cocoa and coffee. Dinner and night at your hotel.
Day 6: The Ridges (approx. 4h30 riding). After breakfast and transfer, let's go to the most beautiful ride. Fantastic views. We will not tell you more, any description would be below the beauty of the views and the incredible silence. Late picnic at the Ranchito where the horses will stay for the night. Dinner and night at your hotel.
Day 7: Bathing (approx. 3h riding). Breakfast then transfer to the Ranchito. You will discover another world, a small tour in the forest, then swimming with the horse, take your swimsuit! After that, we will take you for lunch at Santi in Limon, from where you will leave for the famous waterfalls (about 2h trekking). Return by guagua to Las Terrenas. Dinner and night at your hotel.
Day 8: Day off, you can enjoy the beaches, the swimming pool, the shops, then transfer to the airport.
* Indicatve itinerary: may be changed if necessary.
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