Well, I don’t know what I can say about this tour that has already been said numerous times. I did the Boca de Yuma tour with Mike and 7 others on March 25/10. It was an amazing day. I loved having a cerveza and playing dominos with the locals at one of the stops along the way. It was great to see all the kids, and the impact that Mike has on them. They are happy, industrious children, who, with the kind of guidance and help they get from people like Mike and the others that do so much to help in the DR, may have a fighting chance at a decent future. It was a pleasure to be in their company. The same goes for the children we met at the local school that we stopped at.
Boca de Yuma is a breath taking glimpse of Mother Nature at her best! It is a little fishing village with lookout points on the cliffs that offer a great view of the sea. A trip up the river in a little boat allowed us to see caves and crabs, fish and vegetation, that one will never see on your average excursion. And of course, all was accompanied by a history lesson with a twist of humour, like only Mike can provide. We got to witness the local fishermen at work with their primitive tools and catch a couple of BIG fish. It was remarkable to see what they can accomplish with what they have to work with. It is a beautiful, tranquil place that just makes you feel so peaceful and so much a part of nature.
We stopped for lunch at a quaint little open air restaurant on the edge of a cliff that provided great food with very friendly, hospitable hosts and excellent views. Again, there were kids there who are obviously influenced by Mike. It is heart warming to see how excitedly they respond to his presence.
On the way back, we stopped at huge cave laden with history back to the Taino Indians. After a climb up some very primitive steps, we were inside the cave. I didn’t have the nerve do go deep into the inside of it with the others, simply because I am a natural born klutz and could picture myself falling, but they said it was pretty cool. We also stopped at the Dominican version of Walmart where you can buy just about anything you wanted. I could have used a couple of hours to look around that store if time had permitted. It was pretty big and the prices were good.
I met 3 generations of a very nice family from Kamloops and a quite personable friend of Mike’s, who currently works on the Tropical Storm. This time I remembered to take my camera and got some nice pictures of the day. This is a tour that I could easily do over and over again. It was a terrific day and I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that wanted to get off the resort and see a very different part of the Dominican.
Thank you Mike, I had an amazing time.
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