How does a day of hiking, horseback riding through a tropical forest and swimming in a natural pool with a waterfall sound? That’s how I spent my day in Samana, Dominican Republic with Peninsula Tours. It was an easy decision considering all of the things that were included in the tour. My friends and I were picked up at our hotel and brought to the location where I met my horse Colorado (and stumbled upon an ostrich!). Then, we were ready to start our journey horseback riding through the forest.
As soon as I started riding, my guide who walked alongside me, pointed out the different fruit trees and other interesting sights as we passed them. The trail started through a small village, ending at a river which we rode though until we started traveling uphill. Eventually, I popped out to a breathtaking view overlooking the forest. I was pleasantly surprised since I originally through we were going to follow basic dirt paths with nice scenery, so this exceeded my expectations! The trails were fun and scenic, constantly changing as we rode along.
When I arrived at the top of the hill, I dropped off my horse and instantly noticed El Limon Waterfall from a distance through the trees. I couldn’t wait to hike down and see it up close! First, we came across a smaller waterfall and then rock hopped to the other side of a river where we continued our hike. Once we arrived, the waterfall did not disappoint and we immediately jumped in for a refreshing swim. We even went exploring and found a mini cave!
Afterwards, we hiked back to where we dropped our horses off and started our ride back. Although, some of us were tired after all of the swimming, so we were very slow hiking back uphill. Our wonderful guides noticed, grabbed our hands and helped lead us. They breezed up the hill and basically carried us with them. What a relief! When I got back, I found out a few of the other girls ran up. I don’t know how they did it. Perhaps it’s time for me to start exercising!
All of us were starving after a jam packed day and excited to eat the lunch that was included in the tour. Once we arrived to the dining area, there was a buffet full of Dominican food waiting for us to start digging into. We sat for a while, chatting and eating as our guide did not rush us and let us hangout until we were ready to leave. Once I filled up, I was ready to do it all over again, but I guess I will have to wait until my next trip to Samana!
**Thank you Peninsula Tours for providing my tour. As always, my opinions are my own.