Reserva Científica Valle Nuevo

Central Highlands

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 records the coldest temperatures in the country, sometimes reaching -8°C during the night, and at 2438m it's the highest plain in the Caribbean. In theory, you can drive all the way from here to San José de Ocoa, around 90km south (though you might need a military vehicle).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Central Highlands attractions

1. Aguas Blancas

2.01 MILES

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)…

2. Piedras Letradas

11.11 MILES

Piedras Letradas ('Inscribed Stone') is a shallow cave containing scores of Taíno petroglyphs and pictograms, mostly depicting animals and simplistic…

3. Reserva Científica Ebano Verde

17.83 MILES

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…

4. Salto de Baiguate

18.33 MILES

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…

5. Salto de Jimenoa Uno

18.89 MILES

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…

6. Salto de Jimenoa Dos

19.06 MILES

Generally referred to as Salto Jimenoa, this waterfall's appeal consists in the views only, as the bathing pools at the foot of the 40m cascade are fenced…

7. Monte Alto Coffee Factory

19.54 MILES

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…