Mundo Autentico, Punta Cana

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Sample some of the Dominican Republic's most interesting culinary specialties at Mundo Autentico. The tour guide escorts you to various tasting stations dedicated to the country's most famous products--cigars, rum, chocolate, and coffee. Witness the process of cigar hand-rolling and feel free to taste some of the high quality cigars. Take a sip of the local rum in the liquor store and try chocolate wine and chocolate body creams, or settle for a taste of regular chocolate. Discover the history behind Dominican coffee production in the small display room. Browse through souvenirs in the charming gift shop. Using our international travel planner, Punta Cana attractions like Mundo Autentico can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We went here on an excursion and although it's small, it was a good place to see. The most interesting was the Don Lucas Cigar factory where you guide explains in great detail the process of making ci...  more »
  • Appreciated the free tour. Tasty samples and a nice variety of products at the Choco and Rum museums and the Coffee Store.  more »
  • We didn't want to spend much time away from the resort so this short (2 hours) and free excursion to see cigar making, Enjoy rum tasting and purchase souvenirs was perfect for us. Watching the people ...  more »
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  • I didn't enjoy this "controlled" shopping experience. The operators of the shops (likely all owned by the same group) wouldn't allow us to leave the gated shop area unless we were willing to arrange our own transport back to the hotel. Overall, the experience lacked any real culture, although the employees and staff were very nice. In this gated compound, you can get a quick tour of cigar making, but you can also purchase jewelry, typical tourist gifts, rum, coffee, and chocolate. You also are able to get free samples of cigars, rum tastings, coffee, chocolate, and mamajuana (the local spiced rum in Dominican Republic).
  • Great little spot. Loved the cigar tour and gift shop. The rum, coffee and chocolate were nice little stores.
  • Cigar making, Rum, coffee and chocolate shop. In a way its a tourist trap. Designed for tourists. It is a safe "shopping" experience in a fenced compound. Not a true Dominican shopping experience in the local Punta Cana economy. So understand what it is. It was fun and free to go to. Cigar making tour and a free cigar to try. Rum tasting, hot chocolate and chocolate tea tasting were free. There is also a coffee shop. You can buy rum ,cigars, coffee, chocolate and other souvenirs.
  • Little pricey but honest. No bartering...just the price . I hate when i am told a " good price " ...No ....i want THE price Quality products ..not something that breaks before you go back home. Cigars could be cheaper but great selection
  • I was disappointed with the selection of items and the prices. Surprisingly i found better prices at the resort for things like bags. They have a lot of stuff but our resort offered a weekly flea market. Perhaps, the cigars and rum might be worth the trip. I didn't visit the rum, cocoa, or cigar stores . As always, it's relative, but the flea market will probably offer better things (wooden objects, jewlery, clothes, etc.) at slightly better prices. The staff at my resort was phenomenal!!! All the best in Punta Cana!

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