In the heart of Bahoruco’s mountains, these mines are the only place in the world where larimar is found–a semi-precious, turquoise-colored stone you will see set in jewelry across Dominican stores. Workers spend eight to nine hours a day underground, mining this rare blue stone from holes that run as deep as 40 meters (150 feet). You can explore the mining area with local tour operators, and witness workers climbing back out of holes with raw larimar stones. Alternatively, visit the local larimar workshops along the main highway in Bahoruco, where you can select a piece of larimar and observe the cutting and polishing process.

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Cabral

Cabral is best known for its colorful carnival at the end of Easter, when the Cachúa characters dress in bat-like costumes and unfold impressive whips as they go in pursuit of the demons from Thursday to the Monday after Easter Week. Close by is La Lista, a small town famous for its wooden rocking chairs and other arts and crafts from wood. Some 22 workshops fill the town.

Barahona, Iconic Sights

Cafeto Madre

Cafeto Madre is another option for a coffee trail in the mountains of Polo. Local guides will take you hiking across multiple trails leading to the coffee plantation. You could also combine an excursion to the nearby cloud forest of Cachote while you’re there.

Barahona, Family-Friendly, Plantation Trails

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