It’s hard to play favorites with the days & activities we experienced while in the Dominican Republic for our Dance Adventures trip, but I have to say – the day we traveled to El Limón waterfall was at the tippy top of my list. If I’m being honest, it’s probably at the tippy top of my list of favorite days in my entire life!
The Dance Adventures trip leaders did a great job of creating the perfect mix of relaxation, self reflection, dance, and adventure. Our trip to El Limón waterfall I think would fall into the adventure category! To start the day, all seven of us loaded into a van with our driver, Pedro, who drove us the hour through Samana to El Limón. A van ride may not be everyone’s idea of adventure, but it registered on my adventure meter for sure! There was the rocky terrain on the unpaved road as we drove away from the Dominican Tree House Village, then the winding roads through the mountains, dodging other vehicles, mopeds, & pedestrians in the narrow lanes, all while jamming out to Pedro’s Latin rap & bachata music.
We arrived at El Limón & each got paired up with a horse & a guide who would lead us through the jungle to the falls. This was my first horseback ride, and my horse, Tormenta, and I had quite the connection! The terrain was super rocky & muddy, but Tormenta took it on like a boss! We all made it safely to the walkway that lead us down to the waterfall.
El Limón waterfall was incredible! I’ve never seen a waterfall that tall & it was so powerful! Everyone else hopped into the pool at the base of the waterfall, as I stood back to take in the majesty for a bit. Once I got in, the force of the falling water, the freezing temperature, and the spray spitting at my face was too much for me & I could only manage to stay in for a couple minutes. Everyone else wound their way to the back of the pool & got to go behind the fall where the water was calm.
From there we hiked back to the top of the falls and rode the horses back to where our van was parked. I have to admit, I was emotional at the end of the horse ride. The jungle was so peaceful & even though I was bouncing around on the back of a horse, it was somehow so restful I guess that’s where a little of the self reflection sneaked in.
There was a little restaurant right at the entrance where they had lunch ready for us upon arrival! We dined on fried red snapper, rice & beans, fresh salad, and tostadas – it was delicious!
Check back next week for photos from the conclusion of day excursion to El Limón!