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Constanza

Constanza

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Constanza

Boasting an average elevation of 1,200 meters (4,000 feet), Constanza is the highest altitude town in the Caribbean region. With those impressive heights come cool temperatures, rolling valleys blanketed in thick pine trees, cabins fitted with chimneys for the single digit night temperatures, and an agricultural landscape that reveals a surprising departure from the beach. Breadbasket of the country, Constanza’s vast fields of vegetables–potatoes, cabbage, corn, and carrots, among others–flowers, and even strawberries can be seen while driving around the province. Its mountainside villages boast magical views over these fields, earning Constanza nicknames like “the Switzerland of the Caribbean” and “Valle Encantado” or the Enchanted Valley.

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Bordered by four large national parks, including two scientific reserves, this geographic center of the Dominican Republic is blessed with nature–from freshly harvested foods to fresh river sources, and multiple types of forests. Valle Nuevo National Park–the highest plateau in the region at approximately 1,900-2,100 meters (6,500-7,000 feet)–is home to major rivers supplying the country, not to mention ideal hiking trails amid cloud, criollo pine, and fern tree forests as well as highland plains. Over 70 species of birds thrive there, including the endangered golden swallow, and you’ll find plenty of reptiles, amphibians, and over 500 species of plants. At the Ébano Verde Scientific Reserve, chilly but fresh pools await amid an environment of precious woods and over 80 species of orchids, giant tree frogs, and lizards.

On the weekends, Constanza’s small town center bustles with bars, gourmet restaurants–enjoy fresh vegetable pizzas or strawberry shakes–and a central park that fills up with weekend visitors from Jarabacoa, Santo Domingo, and Santiago.

Temperatures year round average between 5°C-25°C (41°F-77°F). From December to March, the air gets chillier, with temperatures dropping into single digits at night, yet warming up nicely during the days. Summertime temperatures are pleasant and mid-day hours are not too warm. Pick a local guesthouse or ecolodge, rent a car, and begin your exploration. Tour farms where you can purchase homemade fruit marmalades. Go birding at Valle Nuevo National Park, or hiking in the Tetero Valley. Hop on a horseback ride to El Divino Niño–Constanza’s beautiful version of a Christ the Redeemer statue. Mountain bike your way around farm roads. Venture to the highest altitude Aguas Blancas waterfall. Along the way, stand on any hilltop in Constanza to take in the magnificent mountain and farm scenery. You might just feel like you’re hearing the sound of music.

The Cibao International Airport (STI) in Santiago is the closest gateway to Constanza, located approximately two hours north.

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Attractions in Constanza 

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Near Santo Cerro, discover the archeological ruins of the original town Christopher Columbus founded in 1494, classified as a national park. Archaeologists continue to study the excavated foundations of the old city once prosperous between 1505 and 1510.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights, National Parks + Protected Areas
This pyramid-shaped monument sits at an altitude of around 2,300 meters (7,500 feet). Spanish artisans carved the two cone-shaped structures as a symbol of their gratitude for the completion of the San José de Ocoa-Constanza road in 1958.
Ecotourism, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
If you’re looking for the most spectacular view over Constanza, make your way up to this 15-meter (48-foot) high monument near town. This hand sculpted statue of Christ the Redeemer was designed by Dominican sculptor Ramon Osorio in 2011.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
Ride your way around Constanza’s scenic valleys, vegetable fields, and narrow town roads. The entire area was made for cycling adventures. Wind your way around various vegetable plantations.
Mountain Biking
Agua Blancas waterfall, the highest altitude cascade in the Caribbean, tumbles 83 meters (272 feet), splattering into a large and cold jade pool hugged by a terrain blanketed in tall pine and green ebony trees. Footbridges and a wooden platform allow you observe the falls from a near distance, and you can step down closer to its lower pools.
Bird Watching, Ecotourism, Family-Friendly, Mountain Biking, Waterfalls
Santo Cerro is one of the holiest sites in the country, home to the church Santuario Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and site of an annual pilgrimage on September 24, when Dominicans from around the country flock here to pay tribute to the nation’s patron saint.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
The trail passes over a small canyon, and takes you through a savannah of “pajón”–a spiky bush sitting near the foot of pine trees. You will spot numerous bird species on your walk, from the Hispaniolan Parrot to the Hispaniolan Emerald hummingbird, among many others.
Family-Friendly, Hiking
Go on a nature walk inside the thick forests of Valle Nuevo National Park–with over 500 species of flora, and an abundance of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies. This trail leads you on an easy hike through a fern forest, where you will spot a great variety of ferns and terrestrial orchids.
Family-Friendly, Hiking
Constanza’s beautiful fields of strawberries and vegetables translate into a variety of edible souvenirs. Pick up some strawberry or guava liqueurs and marmalades, and take away locally made sweets. Stroll downtown for the more typical souvenir trinkets.
Family-Friendly, Shopping
Go paragliding in tandem with expert guides and enjoy the majestic views over Constanza town, its plantations, and valleys from the sky. You’ll quickly see why this area of the country is called “the Switzerland of the Caribbean.”
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