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Scavenge for answers! Your tour manager will provide a list of clues and set you free to unlock the secrets of Santo Domingo, the Americas' oldest European settlement. Practice your Spanish with locals, learn about the city's history as the capital and discover the multicultural influence of Spanish colonists, African slaves and Taíno natives.
Live with a local family in rural Rio Grande Abajo, a small community that relies on an agriculturally-based economy. Students will work on projects that are run in cooperation with the Peace Corps to fulfill community needs. One large project is building stoves. Other projects include work to enhance local, sustainable development such as composting and recycling. For groups that have the skills, larger construction projects are also available. Groups are encouraged to donate Spanish books and technical equipment to the community’s new library and computer lab.
Horseback Ride, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Río Frío Boat Trip, Cultural Exchange with Local Students, Manuel Antonio National Park, Community Service Project in Sarapiquí, Monteverde Canopy Tour and Hanging Bridges, Jauri Tropical Farm, Sarapiquí Homestay, Costa Rican Cooking Lesson, Arenal Volcano
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA. After arriving in the Dominican Republic, a short drive takes you to your hotel in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, the city’s historic central district and the oldest permanent European settlement in the Americas, dating back to the early 1500s. Savor a welcome dinner before settling in for the night. (D)
Start the day with a historical tour on the Chu Chu Colonial, a narrated tram ride that takes you back through the city’s rich history and cultural roots. Enjoy time to experience more of the Colonial Zone at your own pace after lunch, perhaps sipping passion-fruit juice (a local favorite) in between exploring attractions like the pedestrian walkway El Conde, Plaza España, Ozama Fort, National Pantheon and Cathedral Primada de América. As you explore today, a
Santo Domingo Culture Quest reveals the secrets, both past and present, of the colonial heart of this vibrant and historic city. (B,L,D)
Today’s activities begin with a transfer to Santiago, where you’ll take a guided tour of the Leon Jimenez Cultural Center, which offers the best of the nation's five national museums under one roof. After lunch drive to Río Grande Abajo, where you’ll meet your host family, tour your community and begin the homestay portion of the tour during which all meals will be taken with your host family. (B,L,D)
Spend today working on the
Río Grande Abajo Community Project, coordinated by the Peace Corps. The specific tasks will vary according to the current needs of this agriculturally-based community, but could include everything from building stoves to developing sustainable recycling and composting programs to helping with larger construction projects. After dinner, you’ll participate in a local youth group activity.
Today you’ll continue working on your
community service project. In the evening, you’ll participate in another local youth group activity. The specific activities will vary by group, but the chance to connect and have fun with the local students is a constant!
After breakfast with your host family, say farewell to your new friends in Río Grande Abajo and take a short drive to Damajagua. Prepare to get wet: You’re about to swim, climb, and jump down the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, ending in the sparkling-clean, aqua-blue pools below! Then continue to Sosua, arriving in time for dinner. (B,L,D)
This morning enjoy free time to explore Sosua Beach, one of the Dominican Republic’s most pristine stretches of sand. In the afternoon more adventure tourism awaits as you participate in a group activity of your choice: zip-lining, horseback riding or snorkeling. Later enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,L,D)
Depart for the USA. (B)
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Rate $240Add to Tour
Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $200Add to Tour