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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The Compay Eco-Safari truck stopped at our first rural ranch, where we learned about important produce in the Dominican Republic.
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!
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!
It had a cute little mini zoo here as well, and the little deers were honestly the most cutest animals I have ever seen!
“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 is where you need to go for real proof that this type of paradise exists!
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!
If you enjoyed reading about Part 3 of my trip, don’t forget to read the other three parts to the holiday!