Located in Arroyazo, an area northeast of Constanza and on the way down from Jarabacoa, this scientific reserve boasts altitudes ranging from a low 245 meters (800 feet) to a high 1,565 meters (5,135 feet), home to over 600 species of flora and fauna, including over 100 bird species, giant tree frogs, lizards, and over 80 species of orchids. They thrive in one of the most humid areas of the country where several rivers are sourced. The reserve is named after an endemic tree found only in this broadleaf cloud forest area: the ébano verde (Magnolia pallenscens), producing valuable wood. Scientists often come to this protected area to conduct studies, while visitors interested in hiking excursions can do so by arrangement. The Fernando Dominguez visitor center, run by the Fundación Ébano Verde, has a museum where you can review all the different kinds of wildlife species living in the reserve, before you get started hiking its grounds.

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La Vega

Famous for hosting the largest, oldest, and most colorful carnival celebration in the country, and home to the two popular mountain destinations of Jarabacoa and Constanza. But La Vega is also home to one of Columbus’ first gold settlements in the Americas.

Constanza, Jarabacoa

La Vega Vieja

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.

Constanza, Jarabacoa, La Vega

Santo Cerro

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.

Constanza, Jarabacoa, La Vega

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