Nastya: I am terrific at spending money,
besides I look better in a swimsuit!
Anton: Hello friends. This is Heads and Tails and
we came to Dominican Republic
to reload this sunny resort!
Nastya: Stop! I am ready! Dominican Republic
is the place where Christopher Columbus FLEW
in and began exploration of America in 1492!
Anton: Bravo professor Evleeva!
Do not forget that the smartest people are usually those
without money. I know what I am talking about.
Nastya: You can continue this tradition.
Stay poor, but be smart!
Anton: Year right! Watch my bazooka arm toss this coin
up and we shall see who will be rich. Heads!
Nastya: You can have your nerdy glasses back! C'mon!
Dominican Republic is a heaven for your eyes
and a balm for your soul.
Seemingly, every gorgeous thing in the entire world
is gathered in this country!
The sea is as blue as in your dreams
While the jungle is emerald green!
Here you can swim by floating cliffs…
See the open space while being underground!
Moreover, even set a foot in hell!
You can see unparalleled Dominican beauty right after
you leave the runway. Therefore, I have to show off
in style as well.
In order for a car to match me, I chose a pretty,
passionate, unbelievable ride without a roof!
This unusual car is called the Slingshot,
because it has one wheel in the back and two in the front. This model only came out a year ago,
but it is already wildly popular. Just like myself!
We decided to begin our Dominican Reloaded adventure from a resort town of Punta Cana.
You find yourself in a whirlwind of tourists as soon as you step off the plane.
There is rumbling of luggage and many greeters. People are boarding the shuttle buses.
Dominicana is considered an expensive destination where we are from.
The tour prices at home start from $2,000.
Those same tours only cost around $500 for Canadians and Americans.
Therefore, they arrive here in large numbers. Hotel buses can barely keep up.
A visitor without a specific tour has to find a mode of transportation used by locals.
What did he say?
Be sure to learn at least a few basic phrases in Spanish if you plan to go to Punta Cana.
Locals do not understand a word in English.
Learn Spanish. Learn from my mistake.
I am starting to get nervous.
OK, let's just go somewhere. Anywhere. Let's go.
You go halfway across the world to a Dominican Republic thinking you will find culture, elite things,
minivans, buses. And what do I get? Bam!
An A\C with direct flow.
This reminds me of minibuses back home.
All that is missing are wooden trays for change.
He even holds the money like a typical bus driver.
Please pass that back.
I am the only tourist here, surrounded by all locals.
Punta Cana is a very touristy town.
Work is all that is left for local people to do.
Meet Pedro, he is a waiter.
That is Juanita, she is a maid.
Maria is a masseuse at a spa center.
All of them are going to work,
while I am going to the beach!
Slingshot is super powerful, super fast and super maneuverable,
but it is completely unpractical.
Your cocker is scraping against every speed bump.
This car has such a low clearance that I feel every pothole. My hair is all over the place.
There is nowhere to hide from the sun.
It is so damn hot! This is like a small sauna on wheels, because the seats are scorching hot!
Nowhere to run from the sun! Makes me wanna rip my skin off and jump into an ice bath!
This totally feels like a resort country.
How beautiful it is! The sun shines so brightly!
Palm trees grow on each side of the road.
Houses are drowning in the sea of green.
Yet, this is just an appetizer.
The main course is the actual sea of course.
It is best not to talk about it.
Simply watch, listen and enjoy!
This is how Dominican Republic looks like on travel booklets.
My van took me to downtown area, which is hardly a postcard material.
The wires on the street are at the level of your head.
Then there are fences.
Walls and more fenses.
Punta Cana is a fence city my friends. One complete side of the main street is a solid wall.
Behind this barrier are the villas, golf courses and hotels! Lots and lots of hotels!
I am louder than you are.
At last here it is. Punta Cana's main square.
Everything is exactly how it is supposed to be in a touristy town.
A nightclub, a couple of palm trees, some fast food joints, a currently free trampoline and a statue of a man
who contributed most to the well-being of the city – Spiderman.
My eyes need to see something beautiful right this instance. Where is the nearest beach?
The most famous beach in Punta Cana is Bavaro Beach.
Most expensive hotels
hide behind a shade of palm trees.
Majestic and others.
The beach is filled with rich people.
I need to mix it up in here a little bit.
I think my heart is gonna stop. So beautiful.
Wanna know what the best part is?
That the sea, the sun, this beach…
all of it is community property.
Hello Dominicana! The palm trees!
The sun! It's just a bit cloudy. Awesome!
Considering I am here free of charge this place is heaven!
On the other hand, let us look at it from a perspective of a tourist who paid a bunch of money for this.
Seaweeds are everywhere because of the coral reef.
They're in the water. They're in the sand.
There is so much of them that the cleaners cannot keep up.
Speedboats are tearing through the waves.
Pelicans and parachutes are hovering over your head!
This girl has been trying to find a spot for a perfect selfie for a good 30 minutes.
So sweet I did not have to pay a dime to be here.
I will have plenty of time for the beach.
Right now, I want to see what sights Punta Cana has to offer.
First destination – Monkey Land preserve, which is an isolated part of forest with a population
of saimiri monkeys living inside.
Tourists are allowed to visit for a $75 entry fee.
Saimiri, or as they are also known, Squirrel monkeys are the tourists' favorite, because they love to interact.
Hi, this is for you!
Dear God! This is so cute!
I am getting goosebumps right now! I cannot…
You really should not turn your butt to the audience.
Let us hope he does not poop on my head right now!
These cute monkeys are not originally from here.
They were brought over by a pair of Canadian scientists.
Then they began reproducing.
Nowadays they continue to live here fine and dandy.
Saimiri has a highest brain to body size ratio among all primates.
I can tell they have large brains just by looking at the shape of their heads.
Scientists claim that their brains do not have convolutions.
After I have looked at the monkeys, it is time for me to go monkey wild myself!
The zip lines stretch all across this park.
They reach 60, 100 and even 700 meters long and anyone can ride them like Tarzan.
This is great and all, but how much tanning and snorkeling can one do? What is next?
It is good to be them.
They can just go up to their room when they are tired of the beach, or get a massage at the spa,
came back to the beach again, go get some food.
Yeah. What if I tried to sneak into one of the most expensive hotels on Dominicana?
First of all, let us rid ourselves from poor man's accessory.
Forgive and forget my friend.
Then we borrow someone's hotel towel.
I'll bring it back I swear.
Also, a cocktail for courage.
Place a towel over your wrist so that no one can see that you are missing a hotel bracelet.
Just like the one that this rich guy has.
Walk confidently. Let's go.
My cameraman stayed behind not to draw too much attention.
I started filming with my phone, so pardon the quality.
I made it past the beach security.
So far, my towel trick is working just fine.
This hotel is luxurious.
I just have to stay relaxed. Keep my cool.
I made it to the restaurant.
Now I need to get to the Holy Grail – the buffet.
A girl at the door did not say anything, just greeted me.
Towel trick keeps working.
Look at how much food there is.
Let me get some salads, some mussels, some tuna.
I will try that! Couple of cukes, some broccoli for color.
Also rice with veggies, couple of chicken drumsticks,
How could I forget about fruit?
Let me get more!
Coffee for sure!
The scheme totally works! Look at this feast!
This is unreal.
All of it is free.
Security guard: Excuse me sir, do you have your bracelet?
You cannot be here.
Earlier today, one intruder was taken into custody.
You should leave right away.
Sanya we have to haul ass.
I was trying to teach you a life hack.
Instead I told you how not to do things.
I got away cleanly.
Similar offense could have easily landed me a 3-day
jail sentence. Let's go Sasha.
A rich tourist can afford to experience the most extreme kind of diving in Punta Cana.
Diving inside the cave.
If you look closely, you can see a hole down there.
It is 300 meters in length and 14 meters deep.
Something around that.
This is where we will dive.
I will be honest, I am a bit scared to dive there.
This is nothing like diving into clear ocean with fish and corals.
Are you ready? Let's go!
Oh snap! I forgot to change!
Just like that, I am a diver.
What did I do to deserve this?
This is not one bit sexy.
Maybe a little.
I finally got it on!
Is my chin supposed to be like that?
I am going in.
This should be great.
I will swim there and we will film it for you.
All jokes aside, in cave diving you need to supply double of everything, including oxygen tanks.
You are diving into a closed space and cannot swim up to the surface for air whenever you want.
You need special training for this. Here is the sign warning about the possible lethal outcome.
Diving here without a diver's certificate is strictly prohibited.
This cave is every claustrophobic's nightmare.
You are both under water and underground at the same time.
The tunnels are very tight. At any point, you can scrape a stalagmite and cut your gut open.
Ropes are stretched over each tunnel to keep divers from getting lost. Instructor always goes in front.
One wrong move and you are history.
When you get past panic and start to control your breathing,
you can begin to marvel at the beauty around you.
This is just like being in space!
You are floating at zero gravity,
traveling through stardust.
This is so awesome!
It was unlike anything I have seen.
I was overwhelmed with a mix of emotions.
Astonishment and joy were merging with fear and danger.
I kept thinking that I would hit the cave's sharp ceiling with an air tank.
Overall, it was scary as hell, but also very splendid.
Time to grab a snack.
I figured since I am on an island, there should be fresh and affordable seafood here. Allegedly.
We do not serve fish.
This is not a fish restaurant.
You are not gonna find one anywhere.
You can try.
Oh well, this is not the last restaurant in the world.
Waitress: No fish, but we have killer fries. Chicken?
I cannot believe a café with cheap seafood does not exist on an island.
I think I will have the best chance if I go to café quarters.
There I will catch my fish for sure.
What kinda trash is this?
Tourists come here from all over the world to fill their bellies with lobsters and oysters.
Local cafes just do not serve any.
All right, last try.
Chicken roasted in beer, fried chicken, hot wings,
of course, chicken breast, beef goulash,
that was missing, smoked ham.
I do not know what sancocho is.
Wait a minute! Is that fish?
Congratulations! At last!
That is so weird.
It turns out that the secret is simple –
Dominicans are very idle, they feel it is too much work
to wake up before dawn to go fishing.
It is much easier to cut chicken's head off.
I felt like having some fish all day,
so bring me a fresh one pronto!
Traditional beans, more like a soup.
An Everest mountain high pile of rice
and something that resembles fish.
Smells like fish. Let us give it a try.
It is holding up. Pretty good fish with veggies.
This is a ton of food for $5.
No way I'm gonna finish this
without some help from the flies.
You can see a lot more than one resort village when you have a gold card.
Everything is quite simple.
You rent your own chopper for $7,000, take off and Dominicana is at your feet.
These huge panorama windows are a huge plus of this heli.
I literally have a 360-degree view! I can see everything! Incredible.
My chopper is taking me to a prettiest best-kept Dominican secret – Barahona province,
where beaches are deserted and look primeval and the sea is crystal clear.
Cliffs are floating above waves. There are no crowds of tourists like in Punta Cana.
Here it is quiet, peaceful and delightful.
I would lay at the beach all day, but I found out that a grandiose party is about to go down
at Punta Cana's main boulevard.
I like what I am seeing!
This is Dominican Carnival.
A cousin of carnivals in Venice, Rio and Mardi gars in New Orleans.
This carnival is a mixture of Spanish colonial traditions, African influence and Native Caribbean ornaments.
These devils open up the parade.
Legend has it they fell from the skies.
Their job is to scare people with their huge masks.
Following them are the pig-faced devils.
They slap their whips against concrete and boast their bundles of bladders.
You will have luck all year long if you will get slapped on the head!
Up next are the carnival's funniest characters – men wearing female dresses.
Fake tits, lipstick and everything.
An improvised talent show follows soon after.
Theater clubs, groups of dancers, local brand names.
Some folks are just plain showing off.
Check out this Can-man, fish-wearing ladies,
The costumes are so awesome they could give any fashion week a run for their money.
I was just starting to get into it and it is now over!
Can you tell me why? You cannot end this fast!
Everything inside of me says continue!
People create their own carnival after the main event is over.
I am right there with them!
This city needs a hero!
What does he want from me?
It turned out that a local fella wanted to teach me a lesson for hitting on his girlfriend.
That dude was steaming hot!
While Anton was getting acquainted with the locals,
my chopper flew me in to my hotel.
his suite is quite interesting.
I just love a big bed!
So soft, so tempting.
Let me tell you about my suite tomorrow, okay?
I am off to bed after shower.
When the night comes,
the whole town becomes one large discotheque.
What are you doing? Please stop! What is going on?
Can you call David? Jar?
Ptushkin has been taken in. I do not know what he did.
We're gonna spend a night in a car.
We cannot even get inside there.
That was some carnival filming!
Police officer: Buenos Dias.
We have received complaints about you
disturbing the peace.
We think a night in the precinct will be enough,
because this is your first strike.
Can you get the cuffs off him?
Your second strike will result in a 3-night arrest
or an immediate deportation.
Here are your personal belongings and documents.
Be sure not to repeat what you did.
People with money usually get a nice nutritious breakfast in the morning first, but I have a better idea!
My hotel features the most unusual spa in the Dominican.
They place a massage table right on the mountain river for you!
Any sound of the flowing water brings a person back
into the feeling of being in the mother's womb.
My nervous system is stable.
I feel totally relaxed and safe.
My masseuse uses a paste made from Caribbean herbs,
citrus and honey.
I hope Anton is having a similar morning too.
Let us look at this on the positive side.
I did save on my night stay.
I have $80 left after my first day in the Dominican.
Therefore, I am going all out today!
I will rent a car!
It turns out that the Dominican is a heaven for budget car rental.
You can rent a car here for around $50,
and also you can haggle.
The best part is you do not need a credit
card for payment or a safety deposit.
All you need is your I.D. Cool!
It's the best price!
I thought I was bargaining for a car like this one,
but look at my ride!
Brand new Hyundai Sonata!
Can I give you a hug? Friends forever! Brother!
Holy Mother! Skin interior!
Music is the best part!
This is a forgotten feeling, because it is almost like I have a gold card on me!
It is now time to vroom! Vroom!
This is going to be an exciting day in Dominicana.
I will head out to Jaragua National Park first.
To a Dominicana's secret paradise.
I will go to a real hell right after that.
I will visit Haiti, Americas' poorest and most dangerous country.
I hope this adventure does not become my last.
My silver Hyundai and I also have a bunch of stuff planned.
We are headed north towards the los Haitises National Park to entirely change the scenery.
Los Haitises consists of quiet bays and uninhibited islands.
Mangrove forest and caves.
You can see all this finery if you purchase a boat tour.
Is it the love boat that I am getting?
Look at that!
Here we go!
Mangrove forest is the park's first wonder.
This looks stunning! Mangroves are unique.
They are nothing like our oaks or maples.
Their roots look like stills!
Having those roots allows them to breathe inside salty seawater.
While Ptushkin was all into roots,
I came to Jaragua National Park.
For $60 you can visit the most exclusive
Let me tell you more about least known attractions
in the Dominican.
We are headed towards one of them right now.
It is called Eagles Bay.
Just getting to Eagles Bay is an attraction of its own.
Would you look at that sea!
Look at the cliffs!
This place is unbelievable.
Cliffs are seemingly hanging over the water.
Water has done so much damage to the bottom of this cliff that it seems now like it is floating in the air.
This is surreal!
Nature is the best designer.
Eagles Bay is probably the most isolated beach in Dominicana.
It looks nothing like Punta Cana beaches that are so popular.
Get a load of this, I am the only person on a 15 kilometer beach!
That is Eagles Bay for ya!
No eagles here either.
Except for one proud lady eagle!
My $10 tour included a visit to Cueva de la Linea cave.
This place is unusual.
Native shamans performed their rituals here long before
the arrival of the Europeans.
Walls of the cave are covered with drawings
of gods that Natives prayed to.
This was drawn on this wall by Indians 600 years ago.
The paint included three major ingredients –
mangrove roots, whale fat and excrement of bats
that inhabit this cave. It is a secret ingredient.
It lasted for 600 years.
Who would have known that poop can be that durable!
Look at the sea stars!
Look at that!
Can you believe I retrieved a sea star this big?
You cannot hold them up for more than five seconds,
so off you go.
I think I made it scary!
I decided to visit another cool sight on my way back to Punta Cana.
It is every Instagram star's Mecca – Redondo Peak.
This is where I will have to walk.
A bus can take you up the mountain for $20.
Oh well. I guess I will just have to walk.
A walk uphill took me an hour and a half.
What the hell? Is this a playground for kids?
Oh, now I get it!
Here is how it looks like from one angle,
and that is how it looks from this one!
Redondo Mountain is like your typical selfie obsessed
person – nothing special in real life,
but give them the right angle… drop dead gorgeous!
When rich tourists get bored with lounging on Dominican beaches, they demand adrenalin!
In that case, an extreme tour to Haiti is the way to go.
Let me explain, Dominican Republic shares an island with a bordering country
– Haiti, which is America's poorest country.
It is also considered the most dangerous in the world for visitors.
Haiti is known for hurricanes, earthquakes, epidemics and numerous revolutions.
I can take a tour to hell for $300.
I am starting to second-guess my decision.
On the other hand, I could use a thrill and see heaven's darker side.
Going to Haiti by yourself is dangerous.
You need to find an agency that can provide you with an armed security.
Nastya: Greetings Max. This is Anastasia calling.
I am a crazy tourist that is looking for thrills.
I want to visit Haiti.
Max: We can help you with that.
You do realize that a visit to Haiti can be highly
dangerous and unpredictable?
Nastya: Yeah. I heard it could be dangerous.
Max: I will arrange a meeting for you. A man wearing a green shirt will meet you at the gate.
Security? It will be there, okay.
I thought it would just be him.
First, you need to take care of the documents and arrange armed security.
A few steps later, you find yourself in a Haitian village – Anse-a-Pitres.
Here it is, Haiti's #1 landmark!
See it yet? It is right in front of you!
It is poverty and misery.
This is not a crisis in Haiti, rather a constant state of affairs.
This is how 80% of the locals live.
The streets are passageways between dumps of rubbish.
Stores are made from rusty sheet metal.
The houses are huts built from sticks and rags.
The church is the only building that looks respectable.
Check out how these kids entertain themselves.
Nothing like video games and gadgets.
They make these themselves.
You take three sticks and try and have as much fun as you can.
Why are two countries that share one island so entirely different?
So happens that hurricanes and earthquakes are hitting Haitian part of an island far more often than the other side.
Although, the most damage is being done by Haitians themselves.
Haiti went through countless revolutions, coup d'état, uprisings and rebellions.
Peace and order were absent on this land for 200 years.
Poverty and misery is a result of that.
Let us be honest, this Haitian village is not the hell itself, rather just a lobby.
This is just a poor country. I did not need all of that high-hat crap with an armed escort.
Armed guards are a way to swindle scary tourists out of their money, but as soon as the guards left,
I was swept off my feet by an mob of hungry children.
They all want something from me.
Easy! Easy! Dear God!
Sorry, I don't have anything else to give.
I had better take off before this gets out of hand.
That was awful! I've never seen anything quite like that.
Forget me. They were ready to fight each other
for scraps of change.
Haiti for a rich tourist is like a cold shower.
After visiting here, they value their all-inclusive vacations on the Dominican side even more.
Complaining about the seaweeds ends right there.
Dear friends! Let us not change the tradition, here is a $100, here is a bottle.
I am sure that you will put that money to good use.
Search for our Dominican bottle in the center
of Punta Cana.
While standing with your back to Coco Bongo nightclub, walk 150 meters towards an open lot.
Our bottle is hidden in a pile of leaves under the tallest tree.
Dominicana is like Robin Hood!
It strips wealthy of their riches,
while the poor get all the best for free!
If you get here, do not miss a chance
to snorkel in this sea! Marvel at this nature!
Party at these carnivals!
The key is not to abuse her hospitality.
What it do? What's up! How is the poverty going?
Poverty? Me? First of all, I rolled around Dominicana
on an awesome car.
Second, I visited an awesome sight and made a ton of
photos, so I will get more likes on Instagram than you.
It became possible, because I found, well, a very affordable hostel.
Therefore, I practically lived like a rich man. What happened to you?
You do not look rich at all. You look worn-out and wrinkled.
I just returned from a place where I was hot and scared the whole time.
I desperately need to take a shower and wash all of it off!
We also have a plane to catch.
We are flying to reload another city!
Cool dudes at this hostel taught me how to make a shank.
Which hostel was that?
It is a very exclusive one. No one at Heads and Tails had been to one before.
Yep. Did you ever have friends who are on probation?