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Canyoning - The Magic Mushroom
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Canyoning - The Magic Mushroom

By Kayak River Adventures
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Ages 12-99
Duration: 5h
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Live guide: German, English, Spanish
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  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Cabarete, Dominican Republic
    Center Cabarete
Pickup details
  • Transport from your accommodation (Cabarete area, see below for other locations). This excursion includes transport to and from Cabarete. If you are staying outside Cabarete there is an additional transportation fee. Cabarete Hotels: Transport included 
Kite Beach Hotels: Transport included Encuentro Hotels: Transport included
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 38071P5

      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
      • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 38071P5

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      • Kayak River Adventures
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      • 132leonardok
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Incredible experience
        We did the Ciguapa falls tour. We had a great time, everything from pickup to drop off was perfect. The falls were amazing and the food at the end was even better!
        Written December 27, 2023
      • raffabicci
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Canyioning trip with Helmut
        This was an amazing excursion, Thank you very much!! The drive and pick up from Cabarete is very smooth. Helmut and his assistant prepare your gear, which is all new, safe and clean. The hike through the canyon, the rappelling, the jumps are amazing, safe, fun and the guided are highly professional and nice. Highly recommended!!!
        Written January 2, 2020
      • LKPhoenix
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        kayak and paddle boarding down a lazy river
        This was a fabulous trip down a lazy inlet to the mouth of the river where it meets the ocean. This was followed by a fresh fish/chicken lunch at Wilson's. Then we returned upriver with the help of the wind. I have a bad back so I was a bit apprehensive before going but I used my life jacket as extra back support, which worked well. The equipment was in good working condition and the trip not difficult.
        Written April 10, 2019
      • robprincipe1
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Magic Mushroom Family Trip
        My family of four adults and four children joined Helmut, Sergio and several other guides for this amazing 4 hour adventure. The authenticity and adventure of the experience was unlike anything I've done before. We challenged ourselves to climb, repel, cliff jump, swim and hike all through amazing surroundings, and all most importantly, with knowledgeable, friendly, caring and super safety conscious guides. Helmut was so careful with my young daughter that he never let her out of his sight throughout the entire experience. This was a once in a lifetime experience and I want to thank Helmut and Sergio for their efforts and attention before and during the trip. Coming from NY, we were a picky bunch of travelers, but I wouldn't have changed one single thing. From start to finish, these guys are not just professionals, but really wonderful people.
        Written September 5, 2018
      • cp22017
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sergio
        I have worked together with Sergio in the past. I have also rented a vehicle from him and had him help me with a house rental. I am shocked at the poor review and harsh criticism from NY. Having known Sergio for several years I can testify that he is a person with strong convictions to help others to the best of his abilities. Everyone has a bad day once in a while but was it Sergio that had a bad day or the person writing the review. I do know Sergio is a man with strong convictions to do what is right and that he would not intentionally offend someone or put them in danger. As far as the comment about the bandages not sticking, I have lived in the Dominican Republic and can tell you that when the humidity gets high there most bandages will not stick no matter how old or new they are.
        Written August 19, 2018
      • philippkueng
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best Kayak River Adventures
        The rating of Tuckahoe, New York, is so bad that I assume someone here personally did not like Sergio. Anyone who can not see the kindness, honesty and helpfulness of Sergio must have a dark soul
        Written August 17, 2018
      • P985EHinfo
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        One of the best excursions in the North!
        It was my first time to go hiking. Helmut and Sergio are 2 pro’s who have been living here so long, they were happy to give as much information about nature in the North, the way of living, working,... these guys are really fantasitic. I felt absolutely safe the whole trip! Even if I do suffer of some fear of hights, they are the perfect guides and they help you out everywhere needed. The tour was amazing. We were spoiled with local food that we all deserved afterwards :) I truly recommend this tour to everybody who is a nature lover and is looking for something else to do than the beach-life. Thank you Sergio and Helmut for this amazing experience!!
        Written August 17, 2018
      • Nyr51
        0 contributions
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        DANGEROUS (canyoning excursion)
        Truthfully i'm a bit shocked by all the perfect reviews....went here a few weeks back and it was not the experience I imagined. First off our guide Sergio was absolutely horrible. No people skills at all and while we were all crammed in the back of a van to get to the location he didn't even offer up his front seat for the poor girl in the back seat who was sitting on half a seat and falling off every time the vehicle made a turn. For the adventure itself, if this were in the US it would be shut down immediately due to being so unsafe. People were getting cut left and right and all sergio kept was an old first aid kit that didn't even have band aids that stuck! Everything was brown and outdated inside. Someone also cut their knee at one point toward the end and asked Sergio for a band aid since flies were attracted to the blood and soaking in it and his response was "Oh we are only 10 minutes away from getting back, can you wait till then". One of the final portions of the trip is scaling a hill that is almost directly straight up, no harness or anything, for about 15 minutes while reaching from rock to rock. If you slip you are pretty much guaranteed to get severely injured/killed falling down that cliff. If you are not in decent shape DO NOT TRY THIS. And there is no "i'll go around this area", this is the ONLY way to get out. The only reason it get 2 stars from me instead of 1 is because at the end you are treated to a lunch by the locals who were absolutely wonderful people and the food was amazing. Shame on you Sergio. This company should get rid of this guy. (i noticed none of the other reviews mention him so maybe he just started)
        Written July 8, 2018
      • J J
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Bucket list
        A bucket list item that I didn't even know existed! A must for anyone with a thirst for nature and adventure. Most amazing experience and friendly tour guides! Plus the home cooking local Dominican food was so tasty!! Thanks for an incredible adventure!
        Written February 26, 2018
      • ekell332017
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        They make adventure easy
        I loved the tour I booked through Swell Surf Camp. Matt and Alberto took us rappelling down waterfalls (under our own power) and jumping from cliffs into deep pools of water. Matt took many pictures and they are my only pictures of the trip as you can't take selfies while surfing. It was fun and a bit scary at times, but never over the top. They know the area like the back of their hands and keep you safe without having to overdo the precautions. Lunch by Alberto's wife was the frosting on the cake.
        Written October 18, 2017
      • amandalynn4
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Blew my mind!!!
        I'm not one for taking guided trips as i tend to be very adventurous and athletic, however, my boyfriend really wanted to see the river and rappel down this waterfall that he had researched on the north part of the island... and I have to admit that I'm glad he talked me into it. The "ULTIMATE" adventure blew my mind in every way from the beauty of the landscape, the during of the trip, the physicality, expert guides and amazing local food at the end!! We were well taken care of. I highly recommend it for those looking for a high-energy, action packed adventure! It was truly one of the highlights of our vacation. Thanks Helmit, Alberto, Matt and Marisol!
        Written April 11, 2017
      • Vladimir L
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great father son day on the river
        I had a such a great time on the Kayak River Adventures half day tour. We started at a small family zoo on the river where you can see different reptiles (iguanas, a crocodile, snakes...) and then we paddled for about 45 min to the beach on the river mouth. After some beach time and rest, we paddled to the other side of the river to a small local river restaurant with delicious dominican food. After that we had back to the zoo (our starting place). My 5 year old son absolutely loved it. He also paddled a bit with a small child's paddle that was provided by our hosts, (I dunno if he was actually helping to push the boat forward or slow it down). Matt and Helmut are excellent hosts. They made sure we have everything we need and also were a lot of fun. Next time I will definitely come back and take the longer tour...
        Written December 27, 2016
      • Ed B
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Three days in the jungle
        This was a fantastic trip. We spent 3 days in the wild with Helmut, Matt and Alberto, our guides. If you want some action / adventure and you are tough and in good physical condition, this is your gateway to fun. If you are not in good physical condition or you're some kind of girly man, stay on the beach. On this adventure you will hike up mountains, jump off cliff in to the river , rappel through waterfalls, swim rapids, etc......you get the picture. I can't wait to go back for more !!
        Written November 12, 2016
      • NiltonLemmer
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best ever what you can do in that area!
        Each time we went there we had fun. (4 times ?!) Helmut and Matt are great guys. Still missing it. First they pick you up in the morning dosnt matter where you are. (sosua, cabarete) Then you drive 1 hour (like i remember) to the mountains. Walking to the river.. then walk inside the river. Sometimes you have to jump, swimming...climbing. And it is "super" save! Pure nature .. one of the best things i did. Oh yeah the big bastards is legend haha. The next is to jump down if you wish 15 meters. i didn't. but instead i was how you call it ..sailing down?! .. and steve 0 was there too lol you should watch the youtube video. Great people :-) really miss it! And as well helmut has a lot more other activity. Didn't found a better guy for nature stuff as helmut! Thank you for good memorys! LG, Nilton Lemmer
        Written September 22, 2016
      • Rob B
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing
        I've been two time short in a row now and it's amazing. The nature and the waterfalls are breath taking and the staff, Helmund, Matt and Roberto are very good and kind in what they do, really fun people to go with and it feels like they are just part of the group instead of tour guides( of course they help you where needed and lead you the way). and then at the end, the donkey ride and Dominican lunch are a unique experience on it self.
        Written May 21, 2016
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      JCNewYork_21
      New York10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2013 • Couples
      Lush jungles, stunning tropical mountain vistas, turquoise blue pools, cascading waterfalls, adventure and adrenaline rush...what more can one ask for in a tropical excursion tour? The Kayak River Adventures team - Helmut, Matt and Alberto - took us on a journey of a lifetime through the beautiful North shore jungle of the Dominican Republic. We spent the better part of a day hiking, swimming, climbing and, best of all, jumping off waterfalls. The trip is catered to your preference - big jumps for the thrill seekers and leisure repels for the more timid - as you wind your way through a canyon paradise. It's difficult to describe the beauty and awe you will have the privilege of enjoying (photos hardly do it justice). Helmut and his crew know the canyon better than any and you will feel very safe throughout the experience. This is a bucket list adventure to say the least and I will definitely return for more adventures with Helmut and Co.

      Oh, and the trip ends with an absolutely delicious authentic Dominican meal that was honestly the best of our entire trip (and we were staying at a 5 star resort). Do yourself a favor and go.
      Written March 26, 2013
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      LifeAdvntrs
      Whitehorse, Canada5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2015 • Friends
      We had a great day with Kayak River Adventures doing the Magic Mushroom canyoning tour. The guides were excellent, and very friendly. The cost is definitly worth the trip, as it takes most of your day and they provide a good meal at the end. They also take pictures and don't have additional costs for capturing you having a great time (great added bonus, keep it up guys). Check out their facebook page for the pics.

      I highly recommend if you are up for a bit of thrill and a great time. Good way to see the local environment as well.

      See this youtube video for our experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjrI3lH8tzU
      Written May 10, 2015
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      sctsct
      San Francisco, CA19 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2012 • Friends
      I signed up with some friends for a one-day canyoning/canyoneering experience. Basically, you travel through rivers and waterfalls, either trekking through the water on foot, jumping or rapelling off cliffs into deep waters, or whatever else it takes to walk this beautiful path. Helmut and his group are professional, fun, and safe. Just when you think it's over, there is a fantastic lunch of traditional dominican dishes. You could sit on the beach every day, but then you'd really be missing out on this beautiful part of the island. Thank you Helmut!
      Written December 16, 2012
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      Paully320
      Madrid, Spain46 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2019
      From the moment Helmut greets you at the van you have the feeling you’re in good hands. Then you arrive and meet the rest of his crew and you immediately feel safe and well looked after.
      The canyon is simply spectacular. There are no words. You just have to get out there and experience it.
      You’ll hike, scramble, swim, jump, (up to 50ft if you dare) rappel and then when you’re back at base, dine!
      Simply a wonderful way to spend a day in nature.
      Written December 24, 2019
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      Thank you guys it was great to have you !!!
      Written December 25, 2019
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      ChristineintheDR
      Cabarete, Dominican Republic264 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2018 • Friends
      Matt was an excellent guide, his team was extremely thorough with the gear, making sure everyone knew what to do at all times. The language was easy and very clear, they guided everyone to ensure all levels of fitness has the best experience. Our group was 12, we had all ages and for sure it was exciting. The food afterwards was great, local cuisine, the drive to and from the canyon location was comfortable, air conditioned bus. The driver was very cautious and explained the local areas. An excellent tour for my friends visiting from Canada.
      Written July 20, 2019
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      ChargeThePlainsOfNOW
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      FRIENDLY
      When you meet Helmut, you’ll realize in a few minutes how friendly and considerate he is towards everyone. He is very PRESENT.

      FUN
      The drive is beautiful and the hike is amazing. Helmut and his team do a great job of ensuring that EVERYONE feels safe and comfortable with the conditions in order to have a lot of fun. He has an incredible rapport with the community. You are in great hands. There is EVERY LEVEL of JUMP on this hike. The following are all of the jumps in feet: 10, 15, 25, 35, & 50+. If you prefer not to jump because you are not comfortable, Helmut will show you a way around.

      FAMILY
      After the hike, Helmut takes everyone to lunch. Prepare to eat some of the best cooking because the meal is authentic, organic, and DEEELICIOUS!

      I would come back to do it all again. What a great time!
      Written April 17, 2019
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      PierOlivierH
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2019 • Couples
      The ultimate is really the ultimate excursion. This canyon is absolutely amazing with pristine water, beautiful landscape and, most importantly, lots of jumps. The last section - Ciguapa Falls, was our favourite. This is one of the best canyons we have ever ventured into and by far our best day in Dominican Republic. The hike out is a very good training if you're up for the challenge, otherwise there is always the option to ride out of the canyon on a Donkey. Helmut and Alberto were amazing guides!

      I cannot recommend highly enough this tour. Anyone who's at least a little bit adventurous will have an absolute blast!
      Written January 22, 2019
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      Clare W
      Willingham, UK14 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2017 • Friends
      We had an absolute blast on this trip - I can't recommend it highly enough if you like a bit of adventurous exploration. We did the Six Waterfalls Tour, which involves abseiling (if you're British like us ;-) or rappelling (if you're not :) down six waterfalls in a stunning canyon, and then jumping from various beautiful and adrenaline-inducing spots into the various pools. The highest jump was 12m, but our brilliant guides Matt and Alberto were always happy to offer us a smaller jumping alternative - or even a walkaround if jumping just felt like too much (which it didn't, woohoooooooo!) We set off in the minibus just after 9am and rounded off a magical day with a delicious Dominican-style meal back at basecamp in the afternoon, returning tired but extremely happy just after 4pm. Alberto and Matt made the perfect guide team, and we felt in safe, knowledgeable and enthusiastic hands the entire time. Not only that, but Matt took a plethora of superb photos during the trip that he made available to us on their Facebook page - so many smile-inducing memories and moments to take home with us! Matt is super-friendly, engaging and encouraging, and whilst Alberto (who has been exploring these canyons since he was a small boy!) prefers to take a more strong, silent role, he has a definite mischevious twinkle in his eye... ;-) The canyon itself was just breathtaking, and we didn't see another soul the entire time we were there.

      Absolutely magical! A huge thankyou from us :))
      Written February 1, 2017
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      Clare, Thank you for joining us and the review! I had a great time guiding you three on the 6 Falls Canyoning Excursion. The canyon is such a special place and the highlight of our lives is taking others to enjoy it as well. We will keep "The Feature" well looked after if you ever wish to visit it again. Ha! Yours in adventure, Matt
      Written February 3, 2017
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      axf_08
      London, UK7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2016 • Friends
      For anyone visiting the DR, I cannot recommend Matt and this tour enough. I went with 2 other friends I had met through Swell Surf Camp and 3 additional visitors and it was just amazing. Matt and Alberto were always on hand to ensure we were safe and knowledgeable about our surroundings. The Magic Mushroom itself is spectacular and a real thrilling adventure. I've never worked up such an appetite for lunch! The lunch is a real Dominican chicken and rice lunch and cooked by Alberto's wife. This was such a trip to remember. Matt posted over 250+ photos the next day on the Facebook page so I have all of these to last a lifetime. Please book - it's like no other.
      Written May 1, 2016
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      Todd S
      Princeton, NJ60 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2015 • Friends
      We almost did the magic mushroom tour but our guide Matt said the water level was a little low. So we opted for the Ciguapa Falls. The hike in to and out of the canyon is definitely challenging and not for the un-athletic. However we were all relatively in shape so we made the excuse that we were getting a work out. Once you are in the canyon it is absolutely gorgeous. You are in there for a few hours of fun. There are about three really high jumps and numerous small jumps throughout the whole thing. Its was an amazing adventure that I would do again in a heartbeat. Matt was our guide, an American who makes you feel safe and is obviously an expert at these trips. Pictures are free which is a really nice perk. You get a real authentic DR lunch included as well with some beers which is so needed after all that time outdoors. Can't say enough how much we liked the trip, if you are adventurous and are in good shape, this is an AMAZING day trip in the DR.
      Written July 20, 2015
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