1Can I join a daytrip later or leave earlier than planned?
It's extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour earlier; however, you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour later or leaving one earlier. If you feel this may be necessary, please consult a Dominican Republic specialist before you book your daytrip.
2What are the age restrictions on your tours?
To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age. Also, travellers with pre-existing medical conditions are required to complete a medical questionnaire.Our daytrips are open to families with children aged between 5 and 17 years of age.
3How many people can join a daytrip?
We keep our group sizes low, so you have the freedom to move around and feel part of your surroundings, as well as a more personalised attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can expect up to 15 travellers on a trip, but the average is 10.
4Who are my travelling companions?
For privacy reasons we cannot provide you with on your traveling companions in advance. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travellers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level.
5How is Ecotour Barahona able to offer such competitive prices?
Our unique style of off the beaten track, face-to-face travel is the only way to have a real experience of a destination, but it also serves to keep the costs down. Another thing you'll notice is the range of included services. While we don't include everything, we do throw in the major highlights of a destination, the things that everyone goes to see. On every trip page we show you the “included highlights” of your trip, things that many other local companies charge for.
6Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?
Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.
A valid passport is required. You may also need a tourist card (US$10 or €10) or a visa.
Citizens and residents of the United States, Canada and most European countries can enter the country with a 30-day tourist card, which can be bought when you enter the country for US$10 or €10. Anyone, regardless of nationality, may come into the Dominican Republic with a tourist card if they have any of the following valid visas in their passport: United States, Canada, United Kingdom or the European Union (Schengen). The tourist card is valid for a year from the date of purchase and is valid for an up to 30-day visit for one person who will only be able to use it once. The tourist card can be acquired at point of sale locations in land, air or sea ports in the country. It is also sold at Dominican embassies and consulate offices overseas and by tour operating companies. It can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/18agXPs The exit tax is US$20.00, but this is usually included in the airline ticket. To see a list of the countries that require a visa to enter the Dominican Republic, visit: http://bit.ly/2DrFmBl
The Dominican Republic issues tourist, business, work, student and residency visas. Tourist visas can be issued for one or several entries and can be extended to 60 days. See this list for citizens who need to request a visa at Dominican consulates abroad: http://bit.ly/2BpdpYZ
10Who is exempt from a tourist card or Visa?
Residents and Dominican nationals.Foreigners arriving from Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru and Uruguay.Diplomatic and consular staff with assigned missions in the country, while on duty.Passengers using private, noncommercial aviation as long as the aircraft fulfills the following requirements: the trip must be for sport, leisure, business or tourism purposes, and the aircraft must not weigh more than thirty thousand pounds (30,000 lbs) and have a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.
The official language is Spanish. English is widely spoken, and many employees of the tourist sector speak fluently Italian, French, German, Russian and other languages.
In the Dominican Republic, electric outlets are 110 volts, the same as in the United States and Canada. Because of this, visitors from other countries needing power adapters are advised to bring their own.
The weather in the Dominican Republic is excellent all year round thanks to its location in the Caribbean. During the summer, the temperature can range from 90 F (32 C) at midday to 70 F (21 C) at dawn. Temperatures can drop to a low of 65 F (18 C) in the winter. In the high mountainous areas of Jarabacoa and Constanza, the weather is cooler. In these areas, temperatures of 50 F (10 C) in the city in the early morning and below zero higher up in the mountains are not unusual. In the tropics, rains usually fall for just short periods in the afternoon and evening, even though rainstorms can happen at any time of the year. The warmest months are June through September.
14Currency, payments and cash-withdraw
The local currency is the Dominican peso (RD$). It comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10- and 25-peso coins and in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 notes. Major credit cards are accepted in most touristic places, but it is best to check in advance at small hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are in almost all the Dominican Republic’s cities, as well as in most resorts. Large supermarkets have ATMs that are open until late. Dollars and euros can be readily exchanged in banks and authorized exchange offices across the country. Banks are normally open from 8:30 am to 4 pm. In large shopping centres, some bank branches are open until 8pm.
Dominicans like to dress elegantly; fashion, grooming and hygiene are very important. Depending on the occasion, Dominicans will dress either casually or formally. Around hotels and resorts, it is suitable to wear light clothing such as shirts, t-shirts, shorts, swimwear or dresses. From December through February, when the nights are cooler, you may need a light jacket. Do not assume that the weather will always be warm because even in a Caribbean island, warm clothes will be needed for traveling in the mountain areas, especially in the Central Mountain Range, where temperatures as low as 32 F (0 C) are regularly reported. In the mountain towns of Constanza and Jarabacoa the temperatures will regularly drop below 65C (18C) in the evening.
Even though the Dominican Republic is one of the safest countries on the continent, you should still take the same precautions as when traveling to any new city:Use the hotel safe to store your passport, money and other items of value. Keep a photocopy of your passport with you when you travel. Only take what is necessary along with you.When possible, take a credit card as well as cash.Do not leave articles of value, bag or briefcases in full view in vehicles, even when there is a security guard nearby.Avoid traveling at night, even on the main highways. If you are planning to go out at night, use the services of a taxi called from the hotel where you are staying.
Local time is GMT -4. It is an hour ahead of Atlantic Standard Time in the United States in the winter. Unlike the United States and Europe, the Dominican Republic does not observe daylight saving time.