Larimar Mine Review
Larimar is a semiprecious stone the color of the sea that is found only in the Southwest region of the Dominican Republic. The Larimar Mine can be visited. With the aid of a grant from U.S.A.I.D. and the assistance of Peace Corps volunteers, a Bahoruco community collaboration gives visitors real-life tours of the mine, as well as a hands-on orientation of the history of larimar mining and processing, and visits to local workshops that make larimar jewelry. You'll be transported in the back of a 4x4 truck, and unless a Peace Corps volunteer is with you, English will be limited. Eco-Tours offers organized group tours from Barahona and surrounding hotels. The cost of the full-day tour includes lunch, drinks, a multilingual guide, and the mine visit with a token larimar stone. You can find help getting your stone polished at a local shop that processes the blue treasure. The best prices on larimar are in this region; you may pay as much as three times more for the same item in Santo Domingo.
- Address: Carretera de la Costa, Km 18, Bahoruco, 81000
- Cost: RD$2,000/3,000 for full-day tour
- Hours: Daily 8–6
- Location: Barahona
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