One of the private excursions you can do from Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, Juan Dolio and Bayahibe with up to four people:
We drive to the market town in San Pedro the Macoris. There we will visit all fruits, vegetables and meat markets. It is a unique Caribbean market. Masses of people, live chickens, turkeys etc.
Also we visit a Dutch cigar factory (AGIO).
Beside many other item, they produce the famous Balmoral cigars.
You can experience all kinds of production processes of those cigars. There are 200 different handlings to make a cigar. One can see how cigars are made, automated and handmade. You get a detailed private explanation from me.
Afterwards we drive towards MARAVILLAS to the stalactite caves. They have walking path in all kinds of costing about 21 millions Pesos. You see the Stalactite and Stalagmite and hundreds of partition peeling ring of Taino-indians. A guide goes along and explains everything professionally in the language of your choice.
Afterwards we have lunch in Bayahibe at restaurant Punta. If You want You can eat grilled crayfish. In the restaurant You have a splendid sea view. If You like low budget, I can transfer you at the hotel for the afternoon in Bayahibe, if You stay there and l picks You up after lunch.
Next we drive to Altos de Chavon. Altos de Chavon is a copy of a small town from 16th century from South Europe. They have an amphitheatre, opened by Frank Sinatra. San Stanislaos-church.
More art exhibitions of artists, who study there. You have a splendid top view over the river Chavon. On this river pre-recordings have been made for “Apocalypse Now” and “Rambo”.
Next we visit the museum with archaeological Taino-indianen artefact. Altos the Chavon build have let Charles Bluhdorn. He presented this borough to the Dominique as a birthday present. Charles Bluhdorn was President-directeur of Gulf-en western Oil.
In this borough Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley have made their wedding drink.
You can do this excursion with my new air-conditioned car. I have a tourist guide license and accident insurance.
I provide this excursion in five languages.
Walking trip in the colonial area in Santo Domingo
I pick you up at 7.30 in your hotel.
During the trip I will provide you a lot of general information on the DR.
We go one after another to:
Loose Tres Ojos / Faro de colon / Alcazar de colon / Panteon Nacional / Museo the lost Houses Reales / Reloj del tosses about / Catedral Santa Maria drawer Menor / We drink coffie on a sociable terrace in Parque de colon / amber museum / shops in ell Conde / Puerta el Conde /Altar de la Patria / if the sea-aquariums is open, we also make a visit over there.
The whole programme is adapted to your personal wishes. Shorting time in museums or less museums are very possible, or delete something from the programme and change that to the Museo del Hombre Dominicano. Everything in request with you.
Loose Tres Ojos is three submarine lakes
Faro de colon is a lighthouse in the form of a cross.
On the roof providing large projectors, which lightens at night against the clouds.
Therefore you can see a very large illuminated cross above Santo Domingo.
Alcazar a colon
Statue of Columbus.
In 1509 Diego were appointed as vice-roy of the colony Santo Domingo.
More than 1500 Indian slaves worked on his homes buildings.
It is a mix of Gothic and Renaissance style. At construction no nail has been used, even not in the 72 wooden doors. Renovated in 1955.
It now accommodates a permanent exhibition of an old Spanish pieces of furniture, paintings, pictures, wall pictures, moquettes and every day objects.
The location has two levels with in total 22 sections. (kitchen, private rooms, sleeping rooms, music rooms)
What is today the Panteon Nacional or National Mausoleum, was the last building constructed by the Spaniards in Santo Domingo. Built between 1714 and 1748, it originally served as a church consisting of a central nave and two lateral chapels.
Here the Jesuit Fathers gave mass with their backs turned to the congregation. They turned their backs to the congregation so that Jesus Christ would be in front of them and in this way all would face Jesus. The organ was in the back and the chorus sang from the balconies above
Museo de los Casas Reales
Built in the 16th century, the Royal Household Museum houses both the Palace of the Governor General and the Palace of Royal Audiences. The former, in the northeast part of the building, is a sober design embellished with gothic Isabeline decorations. The latter, in the southeast section, has a series of arches in white porcelain brick on the ground floor, and low-arched windows of gothic style on the upper level. Since 1976 the entire complex has been a museum, housing pieces from the island…
Parque a colon
Other name for the square is Plaza Maria de Toledo and was once the town center.
On this square is the bronze statue of Christopher Columbus.
At the feet of Columbus Anacaona.
On this square is the Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor, where for centuries the remains of Columbus are kept have remained.
Iglesia Santa Maria la Menor
The oldest cathedral in the Americas was begun in 1514 and completed in 1540. Fronted with a golden-tinted coral limestone facade, the church combines elements of both Gothic and baroque with some lavish plateresque styles as exemplified by the high altar chiseled out of silver. The treasury has an excellent art collection of ancient woodcarvings, furnishings, funerary monuments, silver, and jewelry.
Altar de la Patria
Built in 1976 and located at the center of the Parque Independencia , this white-marble mausoleum is where some heroes of the Dominican Republic are interred. Here the leaders of the 1844 Independence movement from Haiti are buried, including Juan Pablo Duarte , Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and Ramón Matías Mella. An “eternal flame” is kept lit in memory of the patriots and floral offerings are common during commemorative dates. February 27th is when Independence from Haiti is celebrated.
I am official tourist guide of the ministry of tourismo of Santo Domingo with training and license.
I am years already 20 tourist guide
I have a new car with airco.
I can take along to four persons.
Many tours leave from the area’s hotels and resorts. These are typical with approximate pricing:
- Island Saona with Speedboat and Catamaran ($60US/person)
- After an hour’s drive toward the east, you arrive at the artsy town of “Altos de Chavon”. After a tour of the local area, speedboats will take you down the river. You stop on a sandbank and can enjoy the Caribbean with Cuba-Libre. Next you continue on to island of Saona to enjoy white beaches and turquosie waters. Drinks are included throughout the day as is a BBQ at lunch. At about 3PM, you start back taking a catamaran. You get to enjoy the wind, merengue and more Cuba-Libre.
- Island Catalina with Glass bottom boats ($62US/person)
- You travel east to “La Romana” where you board a Glass bottom boat. You spend about 50 min. enjoying the underwater world while the boat takes you to the island of Catalina. At Catalina, you can get wet in a paradise for snorkelers. Lunch, drinks, and snorkeling equipment are included.
- Jeep Safari ($65US/person)
- Come and join an ‘Adventure of a lifetime”. This trip takes you inland well away from the resorts so you can see plantations of sugar cane, passion fruit, cocoa, coffee, bananas, citrus and taste them as well. Take a refreshing swim in one of the most spectacular waterfalls on the island. See how a typical Dominican family lives. Try your skills at rolling your very own cigar and win a bottle of rum. All drinks and a typical Dominican meal are included.
- Santo Domingo By Night ($50US/person)
- Leave around 6pm to visit Santo Domingo at night. Dance the in the cave disco “Guacara Taina” about 120 ft under ground! You will stop at “Faro a Colon”, Dinner at a typical Dominican Restaurant “El Conuco”, Walk through the colonial city and the old streets, Casino in the hotel “Jaragua” and then the disco. Included are drinks in the bus, dinner, entrance and one drink at the disco.
- Los Haitises ($65US/person)
- This trip takes east to San Pedro de Marcois where you will head north through large sugarcane plantations and orange, cacao, and coffee fields. In about two hours you arrive at Sabana de la Mar, where you board a boat that will carry you through magnificent mangroves. You will visit the caves once inhabited by Tainos. This natural reserve, unique in the Caribbean, has to be seen by all visitors who are interested in the history, the flora and especially in the natural beauty of this region. You will have time to enjoy a beautiful and a special lunch under the coconut trees.On you jouney back, you will make a short visit to a typical Dominican family which produces coffee and cocao. You will never forget this beautiful day. Lunch and drinks are included.