We were staying in Puerto Plata and needed to get to Cabarete. Taxis were about $60 each way and the guagua (Chicken Bus) was $1.25 each. We decided that the chicken bus would be more adventurous as well as cheap. Maximo initially gave us the Spanish phrase to show the driver but after a few emails he sensed my apprehension and said he would take the bus from Cabarete to Playa Dorata where we were staying and get us on the bus! This was the first example of what a great guide Maximo was.
|Me and Maximo, sorry about the fuzzyness|
We had a short ride through town to get to the national park. Max paid our way in and we were in the jungle. Well, a Jungle with cows and donkeys. At one point we were riding through a whole herd of cattle.
At one point I heard our guide talking to the cows and caught the word Americans. Yes, he was explaining to the cows that we weren't from around there and needed to get out of the way.
The trails ranged from dirt roads to rough jeep roads to bright red clay singletrack to craggy limestone and everything in-between. Overall they were about 95% rideable.
|Just after a short walking section, picture opportunity|
|Kelly and Max|
The temperature is a pretty constant 87 degrees with tolerable humidity. Uphill was sweaty and hot and downhill was a nice relief.
The terrain varied from guava groves to ferns and Mango trees.
|Stopping to eat some guava off the ground.|
|This bright green little snake was showing me that he didn't want to be picked up.|
|Entrance To The Cave|
|The water was cool and beautiful|
|That plate of food was two bucks|
I thought it was interesting that you ordered how much food you wanted by price. I wanted 100 pesos worth (about $2) of food which was plenty. It was also tastier than the resort.
|The restaurant had an ambiance that you can only find in the Caribbean|
|The bus ride is part of the adventure.|
We got back to the hotel in good shape, had some drinks and dinner and were done for the night.
Thank You Max, Hasta Luego!