Boca De Yuma
Like all of my tours, I want you to understand the entire region and as a result we start our day right outside the resort walls!. Hoyo de Friusa is really the other side of what Bavaro and Punta Cana is made of. A community of Dominicans and Haitians who have migrated from other parts of the island. Far from lavish, the Hoyo offers a glimpse of Dominican reality. Within the Hoyo we visit a school which is far from the traditional "tourist trail". Started a little over 7 years ago, this is the "little school that could". We now provide a quality education for a good number of the children of the Hoyo, most of whom would receive next to no education of value, had the school not been opened.
Far more than a "drive by opportunity", we take the time to socially interact with the students, as well as the society around the school. For many, this is a real eye opener and something few ever forget.
Cigars, chocolate (cacao) and rum are 3 of the major exports from this country. The region's "only" cigar producer is our next stop of the day. I personally take you through the steps of building a quality cigar, from the sorting rooms, and ovens to the production floor and humidors. I personally buy my cigars here and endorse the product without reservation!
Almost everyone loves chocolate and here, we will have a chance to better understand the process of converting cacao into wonderful bars and other chocolate related products!
I will admit... I am a rum lover! I have had the best and the worst of rums (yes...there are some BAD rums). The smallest producer of rum in this country is also the leader when it comes to quality! Available for sampling and purchasing are a selection of rums aged on average... 12 to 30 years! We are talking quality product!
Back in the van, it is time for our journey through the countryside to Boca de Yuma. Along the way we will discuss the topography and geology of the region, passing through rugged scrub lands that gradually give way to marginal farmland and cane fields. Country living here is basic at best and simply survival at it's worst. We will witness it all.
Ariving in Boca de Yuma, our first stop is lunch! Perhaps the best meal you will have during your stay on the resorts! Perched on a coral cliff overlooking Yuma Bay, the food here is very fresh (seafood-pasta-pizza) and there is an extensive number of plates to choose from that are included in your tour price! Of course you can order more if you wish at additional cost!
Yuma is rich in history and we will take the time to discover some of what others left behind 1000's of years ago and up until the 17 and 1800's. A visit to a local cave allows us to explore the artwork of the inhabitants who called this island home, long before European occupation. Geologically stunning, this cave has some secrets I will reveal!!!
The Yuma River has for many years, been the safe haven of sailors both good and bad! We will board a small boat and head up and down stream observing the present day as well as items from centuries past! Weather conditions permitting, a short ride out to sea is in order as well!
Those into history and photography are recommended for this day!
Please note that I do not recommend this tour for children under 10 years old, nor for those who have mobility issues, heart issues or breathing issues, due to some steep climbs.
Price: $120.00 us or equivalent (cash only)
Includes lunch, beverages and any entry fees.
Please add $10.00 extra per person for groups less than 3 at the following resorts (due to location)
Uvero Alto: Sivory, Zoetry, Excellence, Sirenis, Dreams Punta Cana, Royalton Chic
Cabeza del Toro: Natura Park, Dreams Palm Beach, Belive, Catalonia
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