On the banks of the Rio Chavon lies a tropical jungle paradise: the Tanama Jungle Ranch..... a paradise in the wilderness, where visitors come face to face with some of nature's most beautiful butterflies, hummingbirds, live tarantulas, boa constrictors, iguanas and other hot-weather-happy inhabitants, as well as a wide variety of lush tropical plants including orchids, bromeliads, bananas, coffee, cacao, passionfruit and much more!
The Tanama River Day is a full day on, in and around the river Chavon. The Wonders of Nature Tour, with the fabulous river cruise, is included and we have a great guided tour along the attractions on the river bank property. We'll lunch at our jungle restaurant.
In the afternoon we'll visit Yuca Yena, the small jungle farm on the banks of the river, there you can join the fruit trail (30 minutes, optional) through the dry tropical forest crossing the famous hanging bridge, we go canoeing on a small jungle river, for the less active: you can relax in the jacuzzi with marvelous river views ... nature, culture and fun combined .... late afternoon we'll board the boat again to return to Limon... Bachata, Merengue and Cuba Libre are on the menu..
The excursion starts with the pick up in your resort or at the cruise port. After a short drive we'll reach the river Chavon, where we board our river boat. We float in a relaxed pace stream up through the gorge of the river. Nature is all around and everybody enjoys the panoramas and the jungle-like feeling. Drinks are served on the boat. After +- 40 minutes we'll reach the ranch, perfectly situated on the bank of the river surrounded by hills overgrown with jungle.
After a welcome drink you can join the guided tour through the butterfly gardens, the rain forest trail and the reptile house. You will learn about some amazing Wonders of Nature...We breed our own butterflies and have all the life stages on display. Learn how this all works while watching the butterflies go about their day in the largest butterfly garden in the Dominican Republic. If you are lucky you might even be able to spot a tiny hummingbird in our Hummingbird Pavilion.
The rainforest trail takes you past some true ecological wonders. Learn how trees train ants and how much the Western world really relies on the rainforest.
Meet and greet our animals! We have some vultures, parrots, iguanas and snakes. If you are brave enough you are able to get to know our tarantula! You will be able to see them up close and personal while learning about what their job is in the rainforest.
The guide will tell you interesting facts about how the rain forest functions and how all the plants and animals have a role to play.
More about this part of the day can be read on the page Tanama Wonders of Nature Tour. The whole guided tour is included in the Tanama River Day.
After the guided tour you can relax on the beautiful ranch. The roof top terraces give a bird eye view of the river and the central pavilion, surrounded by cages with local animals, is a perfect place to soak up the jungle atmosphere....
At the end of the morning we will have lunch at our jungle restaurant. The lunch will be delicious and all natural!!!. On the menu: fried pork chops, chicken, Dominican rice, salads, Yuca croquets, an array of fruits and the lunch is concluded with MamaJuana and a nice strong cup of Dominican coffee....
In the afternoon we will float to YucaYena, our riverside Jungle farm. Yuca (also known as Cassava and Manioc) was the principal crop of the Taino Indians. It was so important to the survival of the people that the Taino communities were called Yucayeques, meaning the "yuca growers". The colonizers took Yuca all over the world; it is now the staple food of around 500 million people and the main source of income for some of the world's poorest farmers. Those who want can join our yuca / fruit trail. The trail takes 20-30 minutes and we show the various fruits and vegetables the Tainos Indians produced on the land.
You can participate in our canoe adventure (optional) to a little side river of the Rio Chavon. We go deeper into the jungle and have to navigate through hanging lianas and around fallen trees. We might see the fresh water turtles here.
For the less active: you can relax in our jacuzzi, high above the river!! You can retreat to one of the hammocks or just explore the jungle on your own... A lot to do in the Jungle....
Around 16:00h (04:00pm) we'll board the river boat again and float back to the civilization. On the way back it is time for some animation. Our staff will demonstrate the Bachata and the Merengue and if you want you can join them.... 40 minutes later we'll arrive at the 'represa' and the buses will be ready for the transfer back to your resort or to the cruise port.
More information about the Tanama Jungle Ranch and the excursions organized by Tanama can be read on the Tanama Homepage.
For more information or reservations use our secure form or phone us: +(1) 829 714 4947.
Tour agency offering excursions and tours for guests of all Punta Cana and Bayahibe resorts and for passengers of cruise ships docking in La Romana.
Phone: +(1) 829 714 4947
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Pick up times:
- Punta Cana / Bavaro: 08:15am
- Bayahibe / Dominicus: 09:30am
08:15:Pick up Punta Cana / Bavaro
09:30:Pick up Dominicus / Bayahibe
10:45:Arrival on Tanama
13:45:Arrival Yuca Yena
16:00:Cruise back to Limon
17:00:Transfer to resort
What to bring:
- sun screen
- small change
- deposits might be applicable
- full payment on boarding the river boat
- US$, Euro, Pesos
- no credit cards!!
- no problems :)
The itinerary of the tour and the services offered may differ from those described on this page due to current weather conditions and availability of goods.
The social project supported by this excursion is the Primary School and Employment Project in Gato.
SeavisTours' policy is to employ on our Tanama Ranch at least one person from each of the families in Gato (the neighbouring village), providing a base income
for each family. We also fitted the school with all electrical needs after Gato got electricity (2014). Each year we supply the basic school needs
to each of the children.
By joining this excursion you donate to this project! See More
Our photographer will make photo's of the day and you can request for a private photoshoot.
At the end of the day you can buy a CD with more then 200 photos. The costs are us$40 (or equivalent in Euro), payable in cash directly to the photographer.
Tip: You stay in Punta Cana, but you want to dive or make several excursions in Bayahibe?
Check Villa Iguana in Bayahibe, the perfect accommodation in Bayahibe for a short stay.
You will save the transfer costs, the hotel is then basically for free!