1. From Puerto Plata: Dominican Cocoa, Coffee, & Culture Tour
Enjoy a tour through the interior of the Dominican Republic and see local chocolate manufacturing, cocoa groves, and a cigar factory. Enjoy a tasting of coffee in a local host's country house and visit a fruit and vegetable market on a full-day tour of the interior. Discover places off the beaten path on this tour, and start with hotel pickup in Puerto Plata. Travel through the interior toward cocoa plantations, and visit a local manufacturer where chocolate is produced, a government project to support rural women. Stop for a Dominican-style coffee at a friendly local host's typical country house, before moving on to a fruit and vegetable market. Visit the market, the largest in the region, and discover the stalls of traditional healers and shamans selling herbs, potions, devotionals, and some voodoo artifacts. Attend a presentation of the finest Dominican cigars at an iconic factory, over 100 years old, learn about the cigar production process, and smoke a real handmade cigar while at the factory. Leave the factory and take a panoramic drive through the mountains and enjoy a coffee at a fabulous viewpoint while taking in the scenery or snapping some pictures. Finish the tour with a sunset walk and a Cuba libre on the beach before returning to your accommodation.