• One of the best parts of any holiday is getting out and exploring everything the destination has to offer. And in the Dominican Republic, the adrenaline-fuelled Terracross Adventure excursion is the best way to do this. Read on to find out why…

    What is the Terracross Adventure Excursion?

    The Dominican Republic is jam-packed with some pretty amazing countryside, and on the Terracross Adventure excursion you’ll see all the best bits. You’ll whizz past tobacco plantations, leafy palm trees and secluded farm land on a powerful off-road buggy, splashing through muddy puddles (we dare you to try and hit every one) and speeding along narrow dirt tracks. It’s an exhilarating way to see first-hand the landscape, food, culture and people that make the Dominican Republic so special.

    What will I do on the Terracross Adventure Excursion?

    First up on the itinerary is taking the buggy for a spin and seeing just how fast you can go. Your first pit stop will be at a plantation where you’ll get to try some of the Dominican Republic’s finest exports. We’d recommend tasting the sweet chocolate tea, followed by a mamajuana – a local cocktail made up of rum, red wine, honey, tree bark and herbs which goes down far too easily. While you’re sipping on these local treats, you’ll also get to watch the craftsmanship of thick cigars being hand-rolled. The visit to the plantation is a great way to learn all about the Dominican Republic’s products are made, as well as getting the chance to buy some to take home, too.

    After all that taste-testing and hanging out in the sun (trust us, it’s hard work) it’s on to the next instalment of the tour – swimming in a cave. The secluded cave, with water illuminated by lights, is the ultimate Instagram opportunity – it’s not every day you get to swim in a cave. The fresh water is pretty chilly at first, but is really refreshing and gives you the chance to wash off some of the mud you’ll have picked up on your journey so far.

    But the fun doesn’t stop there. After a little swim, it’s time to get out, dry off with a towel and carry on the day. If you’ve forgotten a towel then don’t worry, you’ll dry off in minutes thanks to the sunshine.

    Now it’s time to get back to the buggy to get all nice and muddy again for the final stop of the trip – Macao Beach. Push the speedometer up again on your new set of wheels while you race to the soft, secluded sands where you can buy drinks to quench your thirst and an array of hand-made souvenirs. We bought a fresh coconut which had been picked just moments before we arrived for $4 and slurped the refreshing coconut water up with a straw, which went down a treat after an afternoon in the sun. Macao Beach is one of the best beaches for surfing, so you’ll be sure to catch a few adventurous types riding the waves while you’re here, too.

    Who would enjoy it?

    Who wouldn’t! Whether you love speeding along with the wind in your hair, appreciating pretty scenery, getting very muddy or just trying something new, you’ll love this excursion. The buggies fit two people, so you can either take the wheel or entrust someone to chauffeur you around. Drivers must be over 18 years old and accompanying children must be over 6.

    What do I need to bring with me?

    We guarantee you’ll be covered in mud (it’s part of the fun, we promise). So, make sure you bring some old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, as well as a swimming costume which we’d recommend wearing under your clothes so you don’t waste precious buggy time getting changed. You’ll need to protect your eyes from all of the dust that flies up, and the best way to do this is with sunglasses or goggles, which you can buy at the buggy center. A bandana, which you can also purchase on the excursion, or a towel a scarf are also essential for protecting your face and mouth from any dust.

    Ready for the challenge? You can find the Terracross Adventure Excursion, as well as many other trips in Dominican Republic, over on our First Choice Excursion website.

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