Anticipation of your horseback ride and cattle-drive adventure peaks the moment your HorsePlay Punta Cana guide meets you at your resort. You, your family, and the rest of your fellow adventurers bounce along in the tarp-canopied truck, taking in countryside views and hearing entertaining tales about life in the Dominican Republic.
Your first stop is at a small cigar factory. You may puff on a cherry or chocolate cigar before rolling one of your own. Back outside, experience the abundant native plant life firsthand by biting into a juicy, fresh-picked mango and breathing in the fragrance of fresh cinnamon. Then it’s time to mount up and ride. Witness stunning scenic vistas as you follow a lush mountain trail and gallop over meadows. As you slow to a trot beside the sparkling Anamuya River, you and your horse decide to wade in, reveling in the sensation as brisk water swirls about your legs.
When you arrive at the sprawling 300-acre ranch, go for a swim and take a snooze in a hammock. The smell of your lunch cooking over an open fire rouses you, and you head over to picnic tables to sit, family style, swapping stories while sharing a traditional Dominican feast of fried chicken, pumpkin soup, rice, beans, and fresh fruit. After lunch, a zip-line ride has you skimming treetops and soaring above the very river you rode through. Back on the ground, giggles turn to full-belly laughs as the ranch staff teaches you to dance the bachata and merengue, and serves you a glass of ruby-colored Mamajuana, a local concoction made from rum, red wine, honey, and herbs.
Enjoy the thrill of a lifetime as you mount back up for the cattle drive. Wrangle the herd from one grazing pasture to another, hootin’ and hollerin’ from horseback. Once your herd is safely settled, another mountain horseback ride and final gallop bring an end to your adventure. Back at your resort, as you hug your new friends farewell, you know without a doubt that this is a Punta Cana experience you and your family will remember for the rest of your lives.