We took the Dominican Republic tour that included, for some of us, the zip lines. However the main intent of the tour was to visit a working farm. I think they put the zip lines in it because no one would be crazy enough to brave that road twice. At least a tourist wouldn’t, the locals seemed to take it in stride.
Like everything else in Punta Cana, the farm wasn’t a commercialized tour. The family was gracious in sharing their lives with us and even allowed us to tour their home. It didn’t look anything like the houses we are used to but everything was exceptionally clean. They had something cooking on the stove when we were there and even with cooking, the kitchen was scrubbed clean.
They grow coffee, cinnamon, fruit and a number of other things. They even had honey for sale. They also made a drink our tour guide called Dominican Viagra. Wow! It wasn’t light on the alcohol content.
Here’s a picture of where they process products for the market. It’s a family run business. The woman in the picture is the owner of the farm. As you can see the tools are pretty primitive I don’t think they even had electricity but if they did it wasn’t to run grinders as they did it by hand.
Like the house the grounds and buildings were exceptionally clean and well kept. The tour director explained that the house, like a lot of local houses was constructed of palm wood. The termites don’t like it. Most of the homes in this style are painted in bright colors. Pinks, Blues, Greens and combinations are popular. They take pride in their homes and paint them every 2 or 3 years.
It was an experience to see the local culture first hand and one that was worth the trip on that road to get to it.