Tours planned to an untapped region
In the mountains near the north coast of the Dominican Republic, our canopied tour bus stopped on a shady country road for a visit to a four-room, wood house of a family of five. A fifth room, the kitchen for making beans, chicken and rice, was in a separate building so as not to spread cooking smoke to the sleeping quarters.
A cruise excursion operator, Outback Adventures, pays this family, and several others nearby, an occasional stipend so that small groups of travelers can poke around their house and backyard garden for a look at an authentic Dominican home where people live off the land.
This tour is one of more than 30 available to passengers who will begin arriving Oct. 6 at Carnival Corp.’s new cruise port at Amber Cove.