Iguana Mama

activities / Hiking & trekking

Lonely Planet review

The leading adventure-sports tour operator on the north coast is in a class of its own. Its specialties are mountain biking (from easy to insanely difficult, US$65) and cascading. It is one of the few operators that take you to the 27th waterfall at Damajagua (US$85), and it pioneered a cascading tour to Ciguapa Falls, which only Iguana Mama offers. There’s also a variety of hiking trips, including a half-day walk (US$45) into the hills behind Cabarete (Parque Nacional El Choco), and a full-day trip to Mount Isabel de Torres (US$80), just outside Puerto Plata. Its Pico Duarte trek is expensive, but handy if you want transportation to and from Cabarete (per person US$450). Iguana Mama can also arrange a number of half-day and full-day canyoning opportunities in the area (US$90 to US$125). Action and adventure junkies should ask about the one-week ‘Mama Knows Best’ tour – seven days of nonstop adrenaline.