Mountains in Dominican Republic

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Despite common opinions - Dominican Republic is actually mountainous country - middle of it is covered with quite high peaks, with the highest - around 3000 meters above sea level... It's actually quite interesting here to see the mountainous terrain and palm tress altogether - and this is how it is here....

So I visited the mountains of many dominican provinces: La Vega, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez, Dajabon and San Juan de La Maguana. And even if the whole country itself looks like kind of wild and unspoiled (except of course tourist resorts in Punta Cana and on the Nothern Coast), you can see its wilderness in full and have best contact with its Nature -  only in the mountains.

So the mountainous towns and villages from La Vega and Santiago provinces seemed to me as [ more, 60 % of content inside...]

Mountains in the Dominican Republic have one thing in common - usually the agriculture is really well developed in these areas and most of the people live from farming and agriculture. So its nothing really uncommon to see on the roads in the mountains (and actually - in many other places , too) walking cows, donkeys, horses, goats, chickens, etc. La Vega,Jarabacoa, Constanza and Santiago provinces are also the best developed agricultural regions in the whole DR, and actually they "feed" almost whole DR. So I would say that with few exceptions there is one simple rule in the DR - if there are mountains, there is agriculture, and if there is agriculture - a lot of people have money from it and there is no such big poverty.

Here are the descriptions of the mountains in DR, with their cons and pros:

a) The mountains in Santiago, Jarabacoa and La Vega area -beautiful [ more, 80 % of content inside...]

 Jarabacoa and constanza regionConstanza area. This town, like region around Jarabacoa is rich in agriculture - and you can see it everywhere.

b) The mountains from San Jose de Ocoa area  – beautiful views, good place to visit ONLY though if [ more, 60 % of content inside...]

San Jose de Ocoa, Dominican RepublicSan Jose de Ocoa area. You'd never believe what I had to do and what kind of roads I was driving - to take this photo. So enjoy it !

c) The mountains of San Juan de La Maguana and  Sabaneta area – beautiful views (especially in Sabaneta, with its Lake of the same name) and [ more, 60 % of content inside...]

San  Juan de La Maguana, Dominican RepublicNear San Juan de La Maguana, Dominican Republic. Beautiful, isnt it ?

 d) The mountains of Dajabon and Restauracion region - so-so roads and REALLY POOR region of the Dominican Republic, close to Haiti. Really rarely visited by tourists.

restauracion, DREastern Dominican Republic. Restauracion area. Wilderness, and sad poverty. Not so far from Haiti, but still in DR.

e) Mountains of the Sabaneta and Santiago Rodriguez region - in general atmosphere - something between [ more, 60 % of content inside...]

f) Mountains of Barahona province - around Polo. Wild, far from everything. Not so well developed country's region. Generally speaking [ more, 70 % of content inside...]

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