Get onboard with Canada’s #1 to the Sun
Sunwing Exclusives
click here for registration - Price Drop Guarantee
Best Buy Calendar My Booking details and Seat selection, upgrades and more
Samana travel guide
Samana articles
Samana bars and clubs
Samana flights
Samana golf courses
Samana hotels
Samana tours and attractions
Samana travel guide
Samana vacation packages
Samana weddings
Samana weather
 

Explore your destination

Aruba Aruba travel guide
Bahamas Bahamas travel guide
Barbados Barbados travel guide
Belize Belize travel guide
Canada Canada travel guide
Colombia Colombia travel guide
Costa Rica Costa Rica travel guide
Cuba Cuba travel guide
Curacao Curacao travel guide
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic travel guide
England England travel guide
France France travel guide
Grenada Grenada travel guide
Holland Holland travel guide
Honduras Honduras travel guide
Jamaica Jamaica travel guide
Italy Italy travel guide
Mexico Mexico travel guide
Panama Panama travel guide
Portugal Portugal travel guide
San Juan San Juan travel guide
Scotland Scotland travel guide
Spain Spain travel guide
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia travel guide
St. Maarten St. Maarten travel guide
United States United States travel guide
Venezuela Venezuela travel guide
 

Last minute travel deals

Vacation dealsHotel deals
Cheap flightsDeparture cities
Hotel brandType of vacation
Travel partners
Select your vacation city
Aruba Aruba vacations
Bahamas Bahamas vacations
  Nassau vacations
  Grand Bahama vacations
Barbados Barbados vacations
Belize Belize vacations
Colombia Colombia vacations
  Cartagena
Costa Rica Costa Rica vacations
  Liberia
  San Jose
Cuba Cuba vacations
  Camaguey/Santa Lucia vacations
  Cayo Coco vacations
  Cayo Guillermo vacations
  Cayo Largo vacations
  Cayo Santa Maria vacations
  Cienfuegos vacations
  Havana vacations
  Holguin vacations
  Manzanillo de Cuba vacations
  Santiago de Cuba vacations
  Varadero vacations
Curacao Curacao vacations
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic vacations
  Juan Dolio vacations
  La Romana vacations
  Puerto Plata vacations
  Punta Cana vacations
  Samana vacations
  Santo Domingo vacations
England England vacations
  London vacations
France France vacations
  Paris vacations
Grenada Grenada vacations
Honduras Honduras vacations
  La Ceiba vacations
  Roatan vacations
Holland Holland vacations
  Amsterdam vacations
Jamaica Jamaica vacations
Italy Italy vacations
  Rome vacations
  Venice vacations
  Florence vacations
Mexico Mexico vacations
  Acapulco vacations
  Cancun vacations
  Cozumel vacations
  Huatulco vacations
  Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo vacations
  Los Cabos vacations
  Manzanillo vacations
  Mazatlan vacations
  Michoacan vacations
  Puerto Escondido vacations
  Puerto Vallarta vacations
  Riviera Cancun vacations
  Riviera Maya vacations
  Riviera Nayarit vacations
  Yucatan vacations
San Juan Panama vacations
Holland Portugal vacations
  Lisbon vacations
  Porto vacations
San Juan San Juan vacations
Scotland Scotland vacations
  Glasgow vacations
Spain Spain vacations
  Barcelona vacations
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia vacations
St. Maarten St. Maarten vacations
United States United States vacations
 

Fort Lauderdale | Miami | Florida Key vacations

  Fort Myers vacations
  Las Vegas vacations
  Orlando vacations
  St.Petersburg | Clearwater vacations
Venezuela Venezuela vacations
 

Margarita Island vacations

 


Articles on Samana-Trek to El Limon
Articles on
Articles on Samana-Trek to El Limon Trek to El Limon Writen by - Ilona Kauremszky
Samana

Beyond the Caribbean islands sandy white beaches there lurks an island secret.

It was deep in the heart of the Samana peninsula where I discovered it. This pinky-finger sized nub jets off the Dominican Republics (a.k.a the DR) fabled northern coastline and opens up to a wilderness sanctuary where thousands of humpback whales are known to frolic in the warm azure sea each year. Thats no secret.
But whats not widely known is that Samana is shaping up to be the next big tourism destination in the DR for the eco traveler. Unlike other Caribbean islands where you have to take out a mortgage to engage in some wilderness activities like scuba diving, spelunking, and deep sea cave diving, you can do that around this lush peninsula and even tread off the beaten track where beach toweled tourists are hard pressed to go.

The adventure begins I left my comfortable resort the Viva Wyndham where the sunny pool and breezy balconied suites overlooking the ocean beckoned so many fellow Canadians and signed up for an afternoon of adventure.
With a rag tag team of adventure seekers, we hopped on a tour bus and ventured deep in the heart of coconut and cocoa country. The sun blazed ahead as we drove past a guagua (Spanish for public transit) of guys and school children who stood outside their candy colored palm huts all the way encountering hairpin turns and ascending the ancient mountain range of la Sierra Samana.
I always like to tread where few others do so here we were at the small roadside village of El Caf. Sandwiched between the twin capes of Rincon Bay in Las Galeras and Playa Bonita in Las Terrenas near the Los Haitises National Park, sits the family-run paradas where Basilio has been trekking to these mountains for eight years and has some 25 horses prepared for the excursion.
There he was sporting a big golden toothed smile with his wife, Ramona, who along with their children Jose and others eagerly awaited us. Away from the wooden homes and beyond the group of giddy school kids who were striking baseball positions la Sosa stood the corral. The old mare slowly steered her charcoal eyes my way. It was my turn to saddle up. Our close knit group was ready for a guided trek to see the isolated beauty of El Limon Falls.

Steeped in history This place is a treasure chest of legends a Tainos I Indian Queen is the namesake of Samana. When Columbus came across Samana he wrote in his diary he had never seen in his life as many arrows flying at the same time as when he passed by Samana. This was the turf of the native Ciguayos who were driven out of the region with the arrival of Colombus and the Spanish.
In the 1820s hundreds of freed slaves from Philadelphia arrived to the shorelines to start a new life. It seemed everyone wanted a taste of paradise.

Natural wonders Virtually left unscathed, the unspoiled beauty of the region has created a wilderness refuge of flora and fauna. We galloped by plants that donned names like mighty explorers and fearless cowboys. Juan primero, cigua blanca and uva de sierra are all native species here. From the lofty perch of the royal palms, herons flew overhead grazing over the wondrous thick canopy of verdant trees.
The air felt different too. It was slightly cooler and humid as we galloped across the Rio Limon. The water was knee deep as my four-legged friend tested out the mountain river, jumping in for a refreshing dip.
We scanned the horizon and saw only a sea of green royal palms beneath our feet as we stood on the edge of the mountains spine, staring into the horizon. Jose nudged the horse and off we went into the thick bush ascending higher every minute.

The destination Soon our mini caravan stopped and the team of eco explorers scaled up the side of the ancient sierra until the veil of whitewater showed its mighty head in the distance. This is the best place for our view, I hear a voice echo in the distance.
Indeed. Shuffling to the trail head, Jose taps me on the arm and offers a bouquet of laurel leaves. In Samana, theres a saying that every Sunday before starting the week you leave two laurel leaves with water and sugar and meditate on the upcoming weeks wishes so everything will be alright.
Mesmerized, I pluck a couple and stare watching the fresh cold waters of Arroyo Chico plunge 40 metres over the grand one known affectionately by the locals as Cascada El Limn.
I smile to myself satisfied that I made the plunge into the heart of Samana and found paradise, knowing all the while that my breezy oceanfront room will be my next heavenly stop later that evening. Everything was alright.

Sunwing makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein and cannot be held responsible for changes, errors or omissions.