Go on a nature walk inside the thick forests of Valle Nuevo National Park–an area known for its biodiversity of over 500 species of flora, and an abundance of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies. This trail runs for nearly 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) and leads you on an easy hike through a fern forest, where you will spot a great variety of ferns and terrestrial orchids. Expect to see endemic and endangered birds as well, including the golden swallow, Hispaniolan parrot, Rufous-throated solitaire, Hispaniolan trogon, Hispaniolan emerald hummingbird, as well as a number of more common species. It’s a family-friendly, comfortable nature walk for all ages.

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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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