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Itinerary
After meeting your guides outside the Amber Cove Cruise Terminal, you will board an air-conditioned vehicle for the 15 minute ride to the first stop: Puerto Plata’s spectacular Teleferico (the only cable car in the Caribbean). It reveals incredibly panoramic ocean and city views as you ascend to the summit of Mount Isabel, extremely high above sea level. At the top of the mountain you’ll find beautiful tropical gardens and a statue of Christ (a smaller replica of the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and of course, the breathtaking views of Puerto Plata and the Atlantic ocean. Duration in this spot is approximately 90 minutes.

After riding the cable car back down the mountain we board back on the bus and head to Macorix House of Rum! Here you'll learn the history of rum on the island, tour the plant and of course... sample all of their delicious rum products!  Ask for seconds of your favorite!  If there is time we make a quick stop at Fortaleza San Felipe, an authentic and historic Spanish fortress, also known as El Morro de San Felipe, that was built in 1577 to protect the city of Puerto Plata from pirates and corsairs! The Dominican Republic was an integral stop on the Spanish Main and was terrorized by many notorious pirates for years, including the famous British pirate Henry Morgan.

From the fort we'll take a short drive down the beautiful Malecon (Ocean Drive) to a vibrant courtyard cafe for lunch. When you book this tour, we’ll provide you with the menu ahead of time so we can order your meal and drink selections. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is simply relaxed and charming!

After lunch we’ll board the bus for a short ride to Puerto Plata's town square, where we'll stop for a quick look at the Victorian architecture and then walk down the street to Espigon Cigars, an authentic cigar factory and humidor. Here, you’ll learn about the history of tobacco on the island, roll your own cigar and sample the famous local rum and mamajuana!

But we're not done yet! In the Dominican Republic, music is as important as the air we breathe and no visit to the island is complete until you've danced! Local "taxi” dancers will first dance for you and then, teach you a few basic steps and you'll "fiesta and bachata like a Dominican with Dominicans" until it’s time to return to the ship!
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Amber Cove
Iguana Mama Adventure Tours
Overview
Get a true taste of Dominican life on this tour of Puerto Plata from Amber Cove. Make the most of your time in port and book your shore excursion in advance, knowing that this tour will give you a full picture of Dominican history, culture, and folklore. With all transportation included and commentary from your guides, you'll learn about the city and additionally get to taste some of its best food and drinks.
Highlights
  • Lunch, snacks, and rum drinks means passengers won't go hungry or thirsty
  • Round-trip transportation from the Amber Cove cruise port makes for a stress-free experience
  • Get a full picture of Dominican life through the tour's stops and guided commentary
  • Small group ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Great experience!

Alex, Robert, and Max were fantastic guides! Alex gave us all kinds of information about the area and answered all of our questions. Robert was ready with beverages for us any time we needed and Max drove us around town safely and professionally. Their English...More

Thank Martha B
LidiaSophia, Owner at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hola Martha! Thanks so very much for joining our city tour and sharing this wonderful review! I will be sure to let the guides know you thought they did a great job and we all hope you'll join us on another adventure in the future!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Tour with Professional Service

Our guides David Alex Robert and Robie were very professional and made an excellent tour. They had us laughing from the moment we stepped on the bus and our cups were never empty. Well worth the 10 minute walk outside of the Carnival port to...More

Thank Mary K
LidiaSophia, Owner at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hola Mary K! Thanks so very much for choosing to go on our city tour with your group and for this wonderful review and recommendation! As an independent tour operator, we really rely on our new friends to spread the word and, you've done so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beyond my expectations and well worth the walk...

I am a group travel specialist with Cruise Planners / American Express Travel in Seattle. I recently had a large group sail aboard the Carnival Glory which called at Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. Amber Cove is a Carnival subsidized port of call. It is a...More

Thank JMartindale
LidiaSophia, Owner at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dearest Juanita! I can't thank you enough for this incredibly wonderful review and the recommendation! I'm blown away! You, more than most, understand the challenges we face with Carnival by remaining an independent tour operator but, we made that decision 3 years ago with our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great tour in Dominican Republic!!

Had a great tour from when we were picked up from the cruise terminal to when they dropped us off 5 hours later. Our tour guide Alex and driver Max couldn't do enough for us throughout the day.We started off at the cable car up...More

Thank johanna s
LidiaSophia, General Manager at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hola Johanna! Thanks so much for this great review of our Puerto Plata City Tour shore excursion! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the entire experience including the rum! I'll be sure to share your comments with Alex and Max and we hope you'll join us...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Don't be afraid toleave the port! Its worth it!

After the quick walk from the Amber Cove port, Alex greeted me by name. I was pleasantly surprised to discover they didn't cancel the tour even though there were only 2 of us! (I had booked this tour in March, but my ship was diverted)....More

Thank lynne f
LidiaSophia, Owner at Iguana Mama Adventure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hola Lynne! Thanks so very much for re-booking the tour after your first cruise was diverted from port! That's awesome! We do try hard to never cancel a tour if possible so, whether there are 2 or 20 people booked... it's a go! I'm so...More

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Lydia V
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Response from lynne f | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lydia I have a bad knee and some extra cargo ;) there was a bit of an incline and some steps at the teleferico, but the guide was kind and patient and let me take my time. It really wasn't bad. There are a few stops... More
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18 June 2018|
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I was concerned about the walk - bring some water if its a super hot day, and take a tuk-tuk at the pier. You can walk slow and make it in plenty of time.
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