Travel Diary Part 3 – Compay Eco-Safari Review, Dominican Republic

Part 3 of my Dominican Republic Travel Diary is FINALLY here! Only one last part to go after this (cry, cry). The travel blues haven’t gone away since, and I’m already looking at my next getaway with Tom next year. This part of my travel diary is all about my exciting Compay Eco-Safari excursion!

Compay Eco-Safari in the Dominican Republic

Why Did I Pick The Compay Eco-Safari Tour?

Whenever I go to a new country, I always want to learn about the culture and the people. This tour gave me the perfect opportunity! The company also offers round trip transportation to and from your hotel, which was very ideal for us. Furthermore, the trip stops at various places to give you the opportunity to interact with the Dominican people.

Dominican Republic Village

Dominican Republic Village

First Stop…School’s Out!

Our first stop on the journey was at a local school, which the company help to sponsor to provide basic education for the surrounding villagers. The kids at the school were so heartwarming to see, they’re so welcoming towards guests! It was honestly so sad driving away, as they would chase after the safari bus waving at us. If you decide to visit the school, I’d recommend bringing donations in the form of stationery, backpacks, school clothes, etc. Any donation counts at this local school, as the school runs on sponsorships and donations from tourists.

Dominican School - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

Domincan Republic - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

Dominican Sugar Cane Field - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

Following this stop, we drove past the sugarcane fields and my gosh were there a lot of sugarcane! I sampled my first bit of sugarcane, and a piece of it was enough to give you a sugar rush!

Architecture of Dreams

We carried on our journey towards to city of Higuey until we reached the beautiful Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia. It was the most stunning and photogenic cathedral I have ever seen! The interior was just as impressive as the exterior.

Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

“I’m not a religious person, but this place would be a beautiful place to worship in.”

Ain’t No Mountains High Enough

On the third leg of the tour, we headed out of the city and journeyed towards the Cordillera Oriental Mountain Range. This was roughly 900ft above sea level, so the tropical scenery started to emerge.

Dominican Countryside - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

Dominican Countryside - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

Dominican Countryside - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

The Compay Eco-Safari truck stopped at our first rural ranch, where we learned about important produce in the Dominican Republic.

Coffee and Cocoa Plantation - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Rural Ranch, Dominican Republic. Coffee and Cocoa Plantation - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Rural Ranch, Dominican Republic. Coffee and Cocoa Plantation - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

At this ranch we managed to sample the best fresh coffee and hot cocoa, without all of the processing you would get with supermarket produce. I saw their indigenous crops from cocoa pods to coffee plants. It’s incredible that we don’t stop to think where a lot of our supermarket products come from! We even sampled their famous Mamajuana, which is supposedly a natural aphrodisiac – so you know what to order your friends, family or partner haha!

Dominican Countryside. Coffee and Cocoa Plantation - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Dominican Countryside. Coffee and Cocoa Plantation - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Dominican Countryside. Coffee and Cocoa Plantation - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

The next ranch we went to was a country ranch. It had the most picturesque scenery and hammocks for dazeee (literally just hammocks for dazing in the sun)! Here, we got to see how cigars were made and sample genuine Dominican cuisine!

Dominican Rural Ranch. Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

Dominican Rural Ranch - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

It had a cute little mini zoo here as well, and the little deers were honestly the most cutest animals I have ever seen!

Dominican Rural Ranch

“The deers even take selfies with you!”

Saving Paradise to Last!

So, this last stop of the Compay Eco-Safari was one of the highlights of my trip to the Dominican Republic! I’ve always dreamed of going to one of those postcard beaches, that looked so unbelievable that it almost seemed fake.

Macao Beach - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Macao Beach - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Macao Beach - Compay Eco-Safari Review by Jennifer Lam of The Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

Macao Beach is where you need to go for real proof that this type of paradise exists!

Macao Beach - Compay Eco Safari Review by Jennifer Lam

The playsuit and sunglasses are from In The Style if anyone is wondering!

What Did I Think About The Compay Eco-Safari?

The Compay Eco-Safari was amazing, I couldn’t have asked for a better rounded tour of Dominican culture! I thoroughly enjoyed going from sea level scenery to ascending to 900ft above sea level and seeing the tropical forests. The Dominican people are genuinely as nice and as friendly as people say! The way that they open up their lives to you is very admirable!

If you’re planning a trip to the Dominican Republic, I would highly recommend this excursion!

Dominican Republic - Compay Eco-Safari

If you enjoyed reading about Part 3 of my trip, don’t forget to read the other three parts to the holiday!

Travel Diary Part 1 – Excellence El Carmen, Dominican Republic

Travel Diary Part 2 – Dolphin Discovery, Punta Cana

Travel Diary Part 4 – Helidosa Helicopter Ride, Punta Cana

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30 Comments

  1. October 29, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Wow! This all looks amazing and what a fabulous place to travel. The Safari sounds like a must! I’ve never been the Dominican Republic. The closest I’ve been is St Lucia. Would definitely love to experience a safari though!
    Loved looking at your fab pics! Lots of memories made there.

    Samantha x
    http://thebeautyspyglass.com

  2. Louise Brighton
    October 29, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    This sounds like the trip of a lifetime!! Its fab that all of your transport is arranged for you as that’s one things I’d be wittering about ????. Looks like you tried some amazing things too, the cocoa sounds right up my street. Looking forward to seeing part 4! xx

    • October 29, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Ahh it really was Louise! Oh gosh I was worried about that too, I thought they’d take me on the trip and forget to take us back because everyone arrived in different taxis ???? the cocoa was amazing! Thank you lovely!xx

  3. Corinne and Kirsty
    October 29, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Everything looks and sounds so amazing! The photos are great! It is good that transport was all arranged for you. You really had an amazing trip! Lucky you! xx corinne

  4. October 29, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    This all sounds amazing! I love that you get to see a school and more of the culture of the country ! My parents have visited the Dominican Republic and they loved it

    Ellie
    http://www.headintheclouds.me.uk

  5. October 29, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Wow it looks like an amazing place to visit I like the idea of stoping of at a local school and that beach just looks soo amazing.

    • October 29, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! That sounds like such an amazing experience! It’s so nice seeing how different cultures live and what they’re education is like because it makes you realise how lucky you are. I’m glad you had a lovely time in Cape Verde!xx

  6. October 29, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    This is so dope! Thanks for sharing❤️ Looks like a great experience!

  7. October 29, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing trip your enthusiasm for the adventure really comes out in your writing and photographs ????

  8. October 30, 2017 / 9:51 am

    This looks like an amazing experience! Your photos are incredible x

  9. October 30, 2017 / 10:27 am

    This trip looks absolutely amazing!!!! Your photos are fantastic! I hope to do some more travelling next year- I’ve got a lot of places on my wish list! xxx

    http://www.juderivers.com

  10. October 30, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    This looks like a great place to travel. I wasn’t there but from your post the trip seems like a blast!

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