Island adventures can be pretty wild, whether you're exploring thick jungles, contending with local fauna, or hopping on a skateboard you found in an egg, which seems weird until you realize the rhinoceros you're looking for is somehow both evil and a doctor. For an island trek not from Hudson Soft, sign up for the Dominican Republic Adventure.
From whitewater rafting excursions to canyoning down waterfalls, Gap Adventure's new eight-day DR trek takes you excitingly off the beaten path, though if your girlfriend's not there, come nightfall you might find yourself back on it. How you'll get busy:
Days 1-3: After a walking tour of the capital city, you'll head to a riverside hotel in the Dominican Alps, a home base for horseback treks to hidden swimming holes, and Class III rapids that'll "change your image of the Caribbean...forever" -- take that, octopus-faced Geoffrey Rush!
Days 4-6: Relocate to a small beach town for a night of partying, then head to the country's northern mountain range, gear up in wetsuits & harnesses, and go rappelling down waterfalls from heights of more than 160ft before taking 30ft leaps into crystal pools, though not Crystal Pepsi pools, as that's not possible Right Now.
Day 7: Dominate a huge breakfast, then roll into the heights of the Northern Mountain Range and speed downhill on a five-hour mountain bike ride, with optional, even more intense off-road tracks available for
you "those seeking a challenge".
While the trip's designed for thrill-seekers, most of the adrenaline activities can be skipped for touristy alternatives like visiting coffee plantations, though if you're cruising by inexplicably floating carrots on your skateboard, you're probably high enough to skip the caffeine.
Published: February 28, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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