Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour
- Transportation included
- Duration: 11 hours
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I had read a lot about the falls and our expectations were pretty high. Driving out through the litter- and construction-strewn zones around Puerto Plata, we were a little skeptical. Arriving at the falls, we were told that because of the ongoing drought, the "27" Falls were actually only "12". I was disappointed and even more skeptical. However, once on the hike up, the natural beauty if the area started to shine. Once on the downhill through the falls and water-carved canyons, we were enthralled. Jumping almost 30' into a clear pool was thrilling, the slides were a blast, the water was refreshing, and the guides were helpful and entertaining. I think we were all pretty tired, but wishing for even more, at the end. Bring your cash, though--the implication from the guides was "no tip, no lunch". I didn't mind--they earned it--but I was glad I tucked some pesos in my bag that morning. Lunch was pretty good, and the rum made it even better. :-)
We had a wonderful time at Puerto Plata Monkey Jungle and Zip Line Adventure. The tour guides were awesome and the instruction they provided was excellent!! So much fun zipping through the trees and the FREE FALL......what a fantastic experience!! - little scarey at first, but perfectly safe and lots of FUN!! We were so happy to hear that the owners of Monkey Jungle / Zip Line Adventure are using the proceeds to run a medical and dental clinic for local Dominicans, (cost to local Dominicans is $0.00)!! They also started the Monkey Jungle to provide a good, caring home to monkeys who have been abused. LOVELY, WONDERFUL, EXCITING, FANTASTIC, just a few words to describe our experience!!
This was a great day-long excursion. I would have preferred to do the waterfalls in the afternoon after ziplining and horseback riding just because of the heat. I felt bad for the horses especially in the hot sun. The ziplining was interesting. Definitely 'tame' in that if you're apprehensive, it's the perfect intro. It was my first time which was good for me, but I think my daughter who had done zip lining before didn't enjoy it as much. Also, rather than start from the top of a mountain which I thought we would, you kind of had to walk from line to line which was a little odd. The waterfalls were the best part. Def worth it!!
Started off with some ZipLining. The guides were all fun to be around, joking around and having a good time, while still being very professional when it comes to safety while riding zip lines. The 53ft drop was intimidating at first, but great once you got off the platform! I even wanted to walk up and do it again. The monkeys were simply amazing. Nothing like having 3 or 4 different squirrel monkeys crawl around on your arms and head while trying to eat food of a plate you're holding. Quite a memorable experience overall!
The Fall were great but the very long walk to get there was not . It was a lot longer then we were told it would be. The Zip Line was okay but not quit what I was expecting. I thought we be over some deep canyon or some thing to look at other than a field. The Horse back riding was okay too. Not to exciting .