Our private Larimar Mine Tour from Santo Domingo takes you to the heart of the world’s only Larimar Stone Mine, the Dominican Republic’s national stone. Larimar is a beautiful turquoise blue colored precious stone found in no other country in the world, and is the pride and joy of the Dominican southwest where it is mined. The stone is in high demand and is frequently sought after by many of the tourists that visit our nation day in and day out. Although many have seen the beautiful polished stones and the amazing jewelry set in silver that is made with Larimar, few have actually seen where this precious stone really comes from and the intricate mining process that is required to extract it from the earth. Basically using the same mining techniques for the last hundred years, a small group of families high in the Bahoruco mountains are the only people permitted to harvest the mineral. A visit to the mine is an adventure in itself as we take you from the coast up the mountain to the rain forest and eventually arrive the mine 30 minutes later through a rocky dirt road with amazing panoramic views, which is only accessible using 4 x 4 off road vehicles.

Once at the mine, we are able to witness first hand the amazing antiquated and rigorous mining process that goes into extracting the stone by which so many people in the region live off of. We spend some time touring the mines and visiting the small community that exists here solely because of the precious stone.

We head back down the mountain to one of the many spectacular beaches nearby, San Rafael. Here we spend some free time on the beach and waterfalls found right on the coast. This adventure would not be complete without a typical Dominican style seafood lunch right on the beach, the fried fish being the well known specialty in the area. Finally, on the way back we stop at a small local Larimar artisan’s shop where you will have the opportunity to buy either the raw stone, polished samples or the finished jewelry at discounted prices.

(Approximately 3.5 hours from Santo Domingo)

FULL DAY NATURE TOUR (Approximately 12 hour tour)

***In these times of the pandemic, we are committed to the best health practices possible in order to guarantee your well being at all times. Beyond our always present company philosophy of small private tours and getting our clients off the beaten path and away from the crowds, be assured that social distancing from other tour groups will be practiced. Team members will regularly have their temperatures taken, and will wear face coverings throughout the duration of your tour. Also, our tour vehicles are thoroughly sanitized before and after every tour. Per government regulations, clients will be required to wear face coverings while inside the tour vehicle and while indoors (except when having meals), and hand sanitizer will be available at all times.

Geographical Location:

Map of Cachote

Private Nature Tour Includes:

-Experienced, English speaking nature guides

-Transportation in comfortable 4 x4 SUV to and from Santo Domingo

-Visit to Larimar mine and demonstration of the mining process

-Safety equipment (helmets for entering tunnels)

-Opportunity to purchase Larimar stone and jewelry at low prices

-Visit and free time at beautiful San Rafael Beach and Waterfalls

-Delicious Fresh Seafood Lunch prepared by locals

-Refreshments and snacks: Water, Juice, Cookies

Private Tour Pricing from Santo Domingo:

(2 adult minimum)

2 person private SUV tour: USD $190 per person

3 person private SUV tour: USD $145 per person

4 person private SUV tour: USD $120 per person

5 person private SUV tour: USD $99 per person

6 person private SUV tour: USD $90 per person

7 or more person private tour: Contact us

*Tour begins at 6:30 AM, from anywhere you choose in Santo Domingo*People in any physical condition can participate, difficulty level of 1 (easy)

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Reserving this tour

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25% Deposit

 

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