Must see attractions in Central Highlands

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    Centro León

    This large, modern museum, built with the tobacco wealth of the León Jimenez family, is a world-class institution with an impressive collection of…

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    Salto de Jimenoa Uno

    So picturesque are these falls that an opening scene of the movie Jurassic Park was filmed here. Of the three waterfalls near Jarabacoa, it’s the…

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    Sendero del Cacao

    The second you step out of your vehicle into the aroma bubble of Sendero del Cacao you'll feel transported to a tropical, outdoor Willy Wonka's Chocolate…

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    Santo Cerro

    Legend has it that Christopher Columbus placed a cross he received as a bon-voyage gift from Queen Isabella atop this hill, which commands fantastic,…

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    Casa Museo Hermanas Mirabal

    The home of Patria, Minerva and María Mirabal, sisters who were assassinated by agents of dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1960 because of their opposition to…

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    Parque Nacional Armando Bermúdez

    In 1956, the deforestation across the border in Haiti was already bad enough to compel the Dominican government to create this 766 sq km national park, in…

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    Reserva Cientifica Loma Quita Espuela

    The dense vegetation of this remote countryside, and the difficulty traveling through it, gave the reserve its name: the Mountain of the Missing Spur (a…

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    La Aurora Parque Industrial

    This is the oldest and most prestigious cigar factory in the country, with a brand-new showroom and personable tour guides. Exhibits in the showroom…

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    Catedral de Santiago Apóstol

    Santiago’s cathedral, opposite the southern side of Parque Duarte, was built between 1868 and 1895 and is a combination of Gothic and neoclassical styles…

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    Reserva Científica Ebano Verde

    Look for the entrance to this 23-sq-km reserve on the road to Constanza from Santiago. There’s also an easy 2km nature trail through tropical forest where…

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    La Vega Vieja

    What’s left of the original site of La Vega are the ruins of the fort Christopher Columbus ordered to be built and a church. After the great earthquake of…

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    Aguas Blancas

    This breathtaking waterfall, reputedly the largest in the Greater Antilles, is a scenic but extremely rough 16km drive from Constanza (you'll need a 4WD)…

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    Salto de Baiguate

    In a lush canyon, Baiguate is not as visually impressive as the other waterfalls in the area, but it’s the most accessible for swimming. A lovely 300m…

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    Reserva Científica Valle Nuevo

    This remote park begins around 17km southeast of Constanza. Las Pirámides, a monument marking the geographic center of the DR, is 46km away. The area…

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    Casa del Arte

    This small gallery displays Dominican painting, photography and sculpture. Some nights of the week a film club meets to screen art-house and Hollywood…

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    Centro de la Cultura de Santiago

    Though not much to look at from the outside, the Centro de la Cultura de Santiago, a half-block from Parque Duarte, offers a regular program of musical…

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    Fortaleza San Luis

    Built in the late 17th century, the Fortaleza San Luis operated as a military stronghold until the 1970s, when it was converted into a prison. Renovated…

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    Monte Alto Coffee Factory

    The family-run Monte Alto coffee farm is near Manabao, but the processing factory is just outside Jarabacoa – to get there, cross the bridge over the…