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Fresh dominican cheese from milking to tasting

Samaná, Dominican Republic

Experience hosted by Ramon Et Maryse

6 hoursHosted in Spanish, German, English, and French
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes food, drinks, transportation, and equipment

What you'll do

Early arrival. You will help to group the cow and prepare the grain for each animal. Milk the cows by hand with patience and without the help of machinery. Filter the milk and prepare it for the resting time. While the milk is separating you can visit the farm, feed the other animals (chicken, ducks, pigs, etc...), play the shepherd for one day and bring the cows to pasture. Go hicking on the country side. Let's have a break and take a drink (water or soda). When the milk is ready you can make the cheese (cut the milk solid and cook it). When the cheese is ready you can have a tasting while it is still hot!
Other things to note
You must be ready to get dirty to be able to taste the fresh Dominican cheese made the traditional way
Early arrival. You will help to group the cow and prepare the grain for each animal. Milk the cows by hand with patience and without the help of machinery. Filter the milk and prepare it for the resting time. While the milk is separating you can visit the farm, feed the other animals (chicken, ducks, pigs, etc...), play the shepherd for one day and bring the cows to pasture. Go hicking on the country side. Let's have a break and take a drink (wat…

What's included

  • Food
    Fresh cheese for a tasting
  • Drinks
    water or soft drink
  • Transportation
    transportation from city center of Santa Barbara de Samana to the farm
  • Equipment
    you can rent rubber boots if you place a reservation for it 24hours ahead o...

Meet your host, Ramon Et Maryse

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 5 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Ramon learned to milk cows before he could walk! He would like to introduce you to the art of making fresh Dominican cheese the traditional way (from milking the cows to the tasting of the cheese). The care of the animals, the patience and trust you need to be able th=o milk a cow by hand without the help of the machinery. Ramon his a local tourist guide. He speaks 5 languages and as many jokes!
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Thu, Apr 15
$25 per person
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Fri, Apr 16
$25 per person
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$25 per person
Sat, Apr 17
$25 per person
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$25 per person

Where you'll be

the farm is situated on the hills west of Samana. You can go hicking if you are in good shape. You must wear boots.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

Victoria
March 2021
👌 seis estrellas para esta experiencia. Disfrute mucho conocer el proceso completo de la creación del queso (y probarlo recién hecho!), además de conversar con Ramón y Marisa quienes fueron muy atentos en todo momento. No solo aprendí muchas cosas nuevas, también me sentí como en casa 💚
👌 seis estrellas para esta experiencia. Disfrute mucho conocer el proceso completo de la creación del queso (y probarlo recién hecho!), además de conversar con Ramón y Marisa quie…
Catriona
March 2021
This is such a special, memorable experience. The description "unique" is over-used, but for this experience it is justified. I was the only guest today, so I really had my hands on with the farmwork. Ramon and Maryse are very enthusiastic and proud of their way of life, their farm and husbandry ethics, and the finished cheese product. the ground was quite dry for my visit, so low-top trail running shoes worked well. if it's wet there's the option to rent boots. After a coffee on the porch Ramon and I walked down through the cows, ducks and guinea fowl to the milking shelter. The first task was running some "herb" (they didn't know translation but it's part of sugar cane family) through a mini-woodchipper to make a treat for the cows while being milked. Ramon said "we've got to give them something if we want them to give us something". Along with the fresh herb was molasses and a ground rice chaff. all the birds liked this too, and ate alongside the cows. All the cows have names and know when it's their turn at the trough to be milked. Getting some milk to flow was surprisingly easy, but Ramon could fill a bucket so quickly. All this accompanied by tales of each cow and how long they've been with Ramon. Once all the milk was gathered Ramon stirred in some rennet to start the coagulation and we went for a walk around the farm. Great explanations of the cacao trees and other fruits. we looked around the new pastures Ramon and his crew are creating from the wild. Then it was back up to the house where Maryse picked up the process. more stories of the neighborhood, the life they have created, and visits with chicks and baby rabbits. We shared a tasty and hearty lunch, including some local wild honey for dessert. By now the curds had dried out enough for the final step to make the cheese. After that Maryse and I walked down the hill to the market - not a typical part of the tour, but a really special addition. Truly one of the most engaging educational experiences I've had. Come prepared to get grubby, walk, talk, and eat! Highly recommended.
This is such a special, memorable experience. The description "unique" is over-used, but for this experience it is justified. I was the only guest today, so I really had my hands o…
Lindsay
February 2021
This was a wonderful experience and Ramon and Marysa were amazing hosts! We ended up spending the whole day with them learning about their farm, the animals and of course making cheese that is to die for! I truly recommend this experience for those who want a true Dominican countryside experience! Can’t wait to go back to Samana and see my new friends again!
This was a wonderful experience and Ramon and Marysa were amazing hosts! We ended up spending the whole day with them learning about their farm, the animals and of course making ch…
Will
January 2020
Have a well deserved time and would recommend any one to try while here in las terrans or samana or across the domincan rep
Nisha
December 2019
This was a great experience from milking the cows to making cheese. We also had a wonderful lunch. We are vegetarians so the lunch was planned accordingly. In a generation where we are surrounded by factory farming it was wonderful to see a truly organic dairy farm where the animals are cared for. Ramon also took me to a local market to show the produce grown locally.
This was a great experience from milking the cows to making cheese. We also had a wonderful lunch. We are vegetarians so the lunch was planned accordingly. In a generation where…

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  • Thu, Apr 15
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $25 per person
  • Fri, Apr 16
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $25 per person
  • Sat, Apr 17
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $25 per person
  • Sun, Apr 18
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $25 per person
  • Mon, Apr 19
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $25 per person
  • Tue, Apr 20
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $25 per person
  • Wed, Apr 21
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $25 per person
  • Thu, Apr 22
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    $25 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

boots