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To all adventure travelers out there, you will surely get a kick out of traveling to the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic! It has been the favorite destination for enthusiastic vacationers and nature lovers touring in the Carribean.
The area is well-known for its spectacularly pristine Samana rivers, bay, mountains and waterfalls. Some of the tourist activities that are best preferred to by tourists here include kayaking, trekking, horseback riding and sailing.
Popular tours provided in the peninsula includes an adventurous and enticing journey to the beautiful Cascada Salto Limon Waterfall. Located about twenty kilometers from the port of Samana, Limon between the towns of Santa Barbara de Saman and Las Terranas, this one hundred and eighty feet high magnificent waterfall is surrounded by rich tropical vegetation. Not only will you enjoy the journey but also get a taste of picturesque views that make this place truly unique from all other tourist destinations in the world.
The waters flowing through the Limon Waterfall comes from the Arroyo Chico River and falls into a pristine natural pool. The entrance to the trail to Limon is landmarked by a restaurant.
The waterfall is not only the highlight of the trip to this peninsula though. There also lies lush landscapes of subtropical forests that are likewise captivating for the tourists. Due to its isolated nature, vehicles cannot travel you through to the waterfalls. Here comes the exciting part! You can go horseback riding or hiking to the foot of the waterfalls which will make the trip more interesting and fun.
Most tourists would prefer to go horseback riding because the journey could be a little grueling. The horses would take you through tropical plantation, vegetation, across rivers and up steep paths. The ride would roughly be for about half an hour and is surely worth the extra cost. Although riding a horse would be more comfortable, sometimes, the trail would require you to dismount or walk through.
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If you are highly enthusiastic about working up the muscles, you can choose the other option in getting to the falls: hiking. It would take you about forty-five minutes to an hour to reach your destination, depending on your pace. It is possible for you to take the journey alone but the paths could get a little slippery, tricky and confusing. Given that, it would still be best if you were to hire a guide to prevent from getting lost or hiking longer than you’re supposed to.
Once you are at the bottom of the Limon Waterfalls, feast yourselves with its magnificent beauty and dive into its cool waters. How awesome would it be to take a dip after a tiring hike than to swim in a natural pool? If you were able to book on a vacation package, the operator would free you of the hassle of making your way through the town’s hotels and most probably offer you drinks, meals or snacks. You may also do the honors of bringing your own necessities. Most outfitters would recommend that this trip only be taken by adults and children twelve years and above.
Some essential things to bring with you on this trip would include insect repellents, hats, towels, and comfortable hiking shoes. Do not forget to bring a bathing suit and a quality camera for you to take good pictures to remember this unforgettable trip. It would also be best to engage in this trip during the summer season. However, if you were able to arrange it during rainy season, make sure to also pack rain gear.