There’s a saying here in the mountains: ‘God is everywhere, but he lives in Constanza.' And you can see why: set in a fertile valley and walled in by towering mountains, it’s a breathtaking spot. Dusk, especially, is awesome – as the sun sets behind the peaks, a thick mist sinks into the valley floor. This is the capital of industrialized agriculture: 80% of fruit and vegetables (mainly potatoes, strawberries, apples, lettuce and garlic) and 75% of flowers are grown on farms around here.
The agricultural tradition dates back to the 1950s, when Constanza was home to Japanese farmers who arrived at the invitation of dictator Rafael Trujillo. Trujillo hoped that, in return for receiving superior farmland at dirt-cheap prices, the 50 Japanese families would convert the fertile valley into a thriving agricultural center, which they did.