1 independent reviews for Dominica hiking vacations, 9 days

Reviews for Dominica hiking vacations, 9 days


review 9 Jan 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The Walk to Boiling Lake - it was pretty challenging and strenuous because the recent hurricane had washed away may of the paths (especially those crossing steeper slopes). This made one or two short sections a little tricky, but they were negotiable with care. We'd recommend hiring a guide we used Nahjie - he's knowledgeable and fun to walk with and he has great reviews on Tripadvisor. For benchmarking purposes, we're reasonably fit although now in our 60th decade.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Expect rain! Don't let it put you off though. The walks are good, but if you're unfit - beware, there isn't much terrain that isn't steep.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think every small injection of foreign currency will help the locals restore their livelihoods in the hurricane aftermath. If you hire a car - stop and offer the local's a lift (don't wait for a request - just offer, it'll be appreciated whether they accept, or not). Many people will wave as you drive past, or greet you cheerily as you walk by. The Dominican's are very friendly and it's a very safe country. Don't be put-off offering a lift to men with dreadlocks or tatty clothes (they've probably been farming) - the locals are great. Some of them are a little quiet, but open up if you ask questions about their life.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It rained more than usual when we were there (an El Nino year) so the walks were very wet and a bit tougher than the norm. Impossible to find fault with the friendliness of the locals.

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