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Larimar Mines Tour

The only place in the world where this mineral is mined
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Larimar Mines

Discover the wonderful Larimar mine in Barahona, unique in the world! On this tour you will have the opportunity to learn about the extraction process of this semi-precious stone, and see the workers extracting unpolished Larimar from the bowels of the earth. You will also discover the jewelry making process and learn firsthand the effort involved in its extraction.

Larimar has become a very popular stone all over the world, thanks to its beauty and the rarity of finding it. In addition, the inhabitants of the region have considered it their sacred stone for centuries. On this excursion, you will be able to immerse yourself in its history and appreciate it in its place of origin.

Without a doubt, this is a visit that will surprise you, and will help you discover some of the best kept secrets of the Dominican Republic.

Why shouldn't you miss this tour?

The tour to Larimar Mines is a unique experience that you cannot miss if you visit the Dominican Republic. To begin with, we are talking about the only mine in the world where you can find this turquoise-colored stone, which is used to make jewelry. Both its beauty and the rarity of its origin make it worth visiting the mines to observe the extraction and processing process.

In addition, this excursion will allow you to learn more about the history and culture of the region. You will learn about the history of the mine and its discovery, talk to the locals and visit workshops where the Larimar is cut and polished, giving rise to the precious pieces that are exported all over the world.

Another reason not to miss the tour is that you will get to see one of the least known parts of the Dominican Republic, and possibly one of the most authentic. The Barahona region is less crowded with tourists than other areas, giving you the opportunity to experience the authentic Dominican culture and lifestyle.

If you want more than sun and beach during your vacation, be sure to book a visit to the fascinating Larimar Mines.

Duration of excursion: 6 hours

Departure time: 9:00 a.m.

Hotel pick-up

Every day

Tour itinerary

The Larimar Mines tour has the following itinerary:

  • 09:00 a.m. - Pick up at your accommodation. An English-speaking driver in an SUV will be waiting for you at the door of your hotel, along with a local guide. You will be able to ride inside or sit in the open back to enjoy the weather while observing everything around you.
  • 10:00 a.m. - Visit to the mine. Once you arrive at the mine, you will enjoy a tour of the town, whose activity revolves around the extraction of stone. The entrance to the tunnels is not recommended because it is a high-risk activity, so if you want to do it, it will be at your own risk. In addition, you will have to inform your guide so that he/she knows about it.
  • 12:00 p.m. - After the visit to the mining town, we will go to Villa Miriam, on the San Rafael River. This natural space offers waterfalls and natural pools that invite you to take a dip. You can also enjoy a typical Dominican lunch, in which case you will have to inform the guide and pay for it separately.
  • 13:30 p.m. - Then we will go to a Larimar workshop, where local artisans carve the stone. You can buy your own jewelry there from one of the vendors in the area, but it is recommended that you consult with the guide beforehand so that he can tell you which ones are the most recommendable.
  • 15:30 p.m. - After the experience, the driver will take you back to your accommodation, enjoying the way back to your hotel.

What is included with the reservation of this activity?

The reservation for the Larimar Mines excursion includes:

  • Pick up at a hotel in Punta Cana or airport.
  • One night stay in a tropical hotel in Barahona.
  • Round trip transportation from your accommodation.
  • Driver accompanied by a local guide.
  • Guided visits to the mining town, with explanations about the history of the discovery of Larimar, the extraction and treatment processes, jewelry making, etc.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages during the trip to alleviate the heat and keep hydrated.

All other things are optional and will be paid separately, such as lunch or the purchase of your own Larimar stone, if you wish.

Recommendations for the Larimar Mines excursion

To make the most of the tour, be sure to bring the following:

  • Raincoat. The Barahona area can surprise you with some unexpected rain, so it is recommended that you bring a raincoat to protect yourself.
  • Insect repellent. Since this is an excursion into the rainforest, it is very likely that there will be mosquitoes and other insects. Carrying a good insect repellent will prevent you from being bitten.
  • Hat or cap. During the tour, the sun can be strong. Don't forget to cover your head to protect yourself and avoid sunstroke. It is also a good idea to bring sunglasses to protect your eyesight.
  • Camera. Throughout the tour you will find lots of spectacular sites that you will want to immortalize. Don't forget your camera or a cell phone with a camera and a well-charged battery to keep the memories of this excursion.
  • Comfortable shoes. Much of the tour is done on foot, so it is essential that you wear good walking shoes that are comfortable and resistant.
  • Sunscreen. For the same reason we recommend that you bring a hat, putting sunscreen on your skin will help you fight UV rays.
  • Bathing suit and towel. As during the excursion there is a stop to enjoy the natural pools and waterfalls of the San Rafael River, if you want to swim you should bring a bathing suit and towel.

Where are the Larimar Mines located?

In this map, you can see the exact location of the Larimar Mines.

Can you cancel this tour for free?

Yes, you can cancel this tour free of charge 48 hours in advance. After that time, we will not accept any type of cancellation.

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