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Reality Tours For People Just Like You

For many, a vacation in Punta Cana is all about white sand beaches and 5 star resorts. But have you ever wondered what lays beyond the resort wall?

Higuey Circle has been designed to give a better understanding of life in the region. Fact is, many of the employees who provide service to you during your vacation, live in Higuey, thus you have the opportunity to see a bit of their life outside of the resort.

We start our day with a visit to a local community that is home to many 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 9 years ago, this is the "little school that could". We now provide a quality education for approximately 160 children in 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" volume cigar producer is our next stop of the day. We 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! 

I will admit... both Pat and I are rum lovers! 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!

After a leisurely drive through the countryside, we have a little gaming to do at the carwash! I will leave it at that, but even the most reserved of us, find ourselves being caught up in the game!

Higuey is next! The region's largest city and home to the majority of employees at the beachside resorts. We take a walk (weather permitting of course) through the local markets. Nothing to buy here from a tourist point of view, but often a visual and sensory delight! One never knows what they might see!

Continuing through the city we take in the local way of life and observe some of the history of the region, a city dating back to the early 1500's,  before departing  back to the Bavaro - Punta Cana resorts.

Pricing:   $89.00us Adults  us or equivalent (cash only)

              $79.00us Children 3 to 12 years old 

              (Groups of 8 or more : 10% off)

All beverages supplied, including quality alcohol, beer, soft drinks and water!

Please note: There is no lunch stop on this tour, although snacks are available along the way.

Tour Duration: Approx 8:30am to 3:30pm on average. 

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