This professional and family-run adventure-sports tour operator is in a class of its own. Its specialties are mountain biking (from easy to insanely difficult, from US$50) and canyoning. Trips to Damajagua (US$89) go to the 27th waterfall, and Iguana Mama pioneered a canyoning tour to Ciguapa Falls, which only this operator offers. The highest jump is over 10m.

There’s also a variety of hiking trips, including a half-day walk (US$35) into Parque Nacional El Choco, and its Pico Duarte trek is handy if you want transportation to and from Cabarete (per person US$450). Iguana Mama can also arrange a number of other half-day and full-day canyoning trips in the area (US$89 to US$195). Action and adventure junkies should ask about the one-week ‘Mama Knows Best’ tour – seven days of nonstop adrenaline.