TOUR TIME: Welcome to the Town of Las Gordas. The Name Means Chubby Women.

Entrance to Las Gorgas The Town of Chubby Women

Entrance to Las Gordas The Town of Chubby Women

Hi Guys its Barry in DR. I’ve finally got the chance to start what many have been patiently waiting for. A series of new articles providing information many of you have been requesting for quite some time now. Seems a large portion of our readers want to see more of the farm/countryside along with few personal notes of each town. The DR escapes team welcomes you all to our latest edition called “Tour Time.”

When time permits and in-between our discovery tours we will venture out into the farm and country regions. Gathering information thus enabling you to be better informed should prove to be a valuable tool towards making any future decisions. Who knows this might determine whether or not this region is worth a closer look and possibly even take one of our Discovery tours.

We’ve received several cancellations for our April group discovery tour because of American Airlines having computer problems yesterday. Received calls and emails from people stuck in various locations both at home based airports and in transit connecting flights. Had a brief discussion with one informed reader stating that if a computer problem can force the cancellation of over 1000 flights he can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when the S.H.T.F. Another stranded person made similar comments in his email and using an example of actually seeing people get into serious altercations all over five gallons of fuel then adding the same subject of when the S.H.T.F. I see the times are a changing!

Well it is what it is but you my friends have choices so choose them wisely. After health your three most important commodities are food, water and time. I hope you realize this because the last one mentioned is running scarce, almost as scarce as that physical silver everybody’s eyes seem to be glued on.  I’ve been stating this for over a year now but only when it’s no longer available is it being paid any attention to. Why is it that if you tell a person there is 400 billion stars they’ll believe you, but tell them a bench has wet paint, and they have to touch it. I don’t get it but anyway let’s continue with Tour Time and the town of Las Gordas.

I'm There Before the Mid-day Rush

I’m There Before the Mid-day Rush

The town of Las Gordas is located about 15 minutes up the main road from Cabrera. Las Gordas in English means chubby women. For those of you who speak some Spanish you already know if it were referring to the masculine form the town would have been named Los Gordos.

A Hidden Little Gem of a Restaurant.

A Hidden Little Gem of a Restaurant.

This quaint little farm town is known for producing huge crops of rice and pork. Las Gordas has many farms with different crops and livestock but those two seem to be most popular in the town.

The Best Naturally Smoked Crab You Ever Tasted.

The Best Naturally Smoked Crab You Ever Tasted.

Since the people eat a lot of rice with pork some of them got cubby over the years and thus is how that name came to be. They all eat well and being a bit overweight can be viewed in the D.R. as a sign of wealth and in need of nothing.

Woops Got Stuck in the Mid-day Rush.

Woops Got Stuck in the Mid-day Rush.

It happened to be about 11:00 A.M. and decided that I would head out that way and have some lunch. Like Forest Gump said with no particular place to go I thought I’d wonder over to my favorite local crab shack for a plate of shelled crab and what else but rice.

Meet the Proprietor. Three generations of service.

Meet the Proprietor. Three generations of service.

I sat down to a huge plate with over a pound of organic fresh shelled crab meat and rice for 200 pesos or 4.85 U.S. Along with a pitcher of ice water made a great meal.

After Decades of Service Still Can't Get Momma Out of the Kitchen.

After Decades of Service Still Can’t Get Momma Out of the Kitchen.

After lunch I would go into Las Gordas and shoot a few pictures.

Like always the main road traffic around lunchtime was gridlocked.  With a little persistence I eventually made my way to the edge of town. Las Gordas is a very clean town where the locals take pride in their homes and surrounding areas.

Now You'reTalking. Fit for a King. Over One Pound of Shelled Crab for Under Five Dollars!!!

Now You’reTalking. Fit for a King. Over One Pound of Shelled Crab for Under Five Dollars!!!

All of the roads in the town are new and very good quality. Electric is stable and water supply is supplied from the mountains. Internet is available and should be connected to the new fiber optic system once completed.

Off to Las Gordas. Main Road. Hope we don't hit the Luch Hour Traffic and Gridlock.

Off to Las Gordas. Main Road. Hope we don’t hit the Luch Hour Traffic and Gridlock.

Currently this project is about 60% completed and should be complete within two years.

Las Gordas is a good place for those folks looking to be off the grid and whose dominating thought is farming and a self-producing life style. Population or censes numbers in the DR are very sketchy and a close guess at best so don’t believe what the internet says.

Gridlock!!! Damn it!!! Stuck in Traffic.

Gridlock!!! Damn it!!! Stuck in Traffic.

If I were to guess the whole surrounding area would be around 5000 people. I believe this area is more suited for those who speak at least a moderate level of Spanish. Many areas are fine for those with little or no initial Spanish but this area (for me) is not one of them. Remember if you take the plunge you will learn the language. Besides it just may be the best thing you ever did as without a second language you’re already almost dead in the water.

Las Gordas Boasting one of the Most efficient Cab Services in the Country.

Las Gordas Boasting one of the Most efficient Cab Services in the Country.

Unbelievably fertile land is as cheap as 2.00 a meter. That for our American friends works out to about nineteen cents a foot. Land is full of minerals and has a bright red color to it. Seed to bearing size times are as fast as one year. Meaning a seed will produce a small tree bearing fruit from 12 months on depending on what type of tree. Great area for tomatoes, corn, onions, peppers of all kinds, avocado, passion fruit, bread fruit, mango, orange, yucca, and a host of others that make too many to mention. Chickens, beef and pork will flourish here in the region surrounding Las Gordas and plenty of aquifer water below the surface.

We sincerely hope you enjoy our new series called “Tour Time” and if you have any questions about our first town Las Gordas or any other in our region just reach out to us and we’ll be happy to get back you. Enjoy the pictures and till next time this is Barry in DR and I’m out.

Local Dominican Home Made From Palm. Homes Range From The Lowest of Lows To Well Into The Millions. Something For Everyone's Budget

Local Dominican Home Made From Palm. Homes Range From The Lowest of Lows To Well Into The Millions. Something For Everyone’s Budget

Las Gordas Version Of Wall Mart.

Las Gordas Version Of Wall Mart.

Some of The Things That We Can Guarentee Are FOOD, WATER and a GreaT Way Of Simple Natural Living. Beautiful Isn't It.

Some of The Things That We Can Guarentee Are FOOD, WATER and a Great Way Of Simple Natural Living. Beautiful Isn’t It.

Every Where You Look In Our Region it Spells NATURAL REAL LIVING.

Every Where You Look In Our Region it Spells NATURAL REAL LIVING.

Still Think You're Kids Are Experiencing REAL!!! Think About It.

Still Think You’re Kids Are Experiencing REAL!!! Think About It.

Clowning Around With The Kids in Las Gordas.

Clowning Around With The Kids in Las Gordas.

One of Several Roads in Las Gordas.

One of Several Roads in Las Gordas.

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johnsteven April 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

As an expat living in this area i can concur with barrys statement.This area has so much beauty and natural resources it is mind blowing.I live myself just 20 minutes from this region and have many students who travel daily and on weekends from las gordas to my english school.The food is amazingly fresh and full of goodness,as well as being very cheap.Also the warmth of the locals is a pleasure to see all the time.Constant happy faces on the back country roads, a wave here and there.Life is great when it is simple as so many domincans live in this way.I have learned to really enjoy ths lifestyle because it is what life should be like,simple.Great job barry.

Barry April 20, 2013 at 2:17 am

Thanks Joshua and John. Appreciate the comments from folks who have experienced the way of life here if you only let it work. I appreciate that you never know how you both might be healping someone still sitting on the fence post and just may nudge them into makeing a positive action by checking us or the many other better choices to start reliving what the media brainwashing has taken away from so many.
Thanks.

Joshua April 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Very true! The simple way of life is truly relaxing. Counting the days till back again.

Denise April 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This is an excellent addition to the DREscapes portal. There are so many beautiful and interesting areas on the DR North Coast that only are known by the locals. This is a real service to shine a light on these non-tourist areas that are really hidden gems of the Caribbean. As an ex-pat who lives nearby and has traveled many of these back roads – I am happy others will see what we see and love about this beautiful area. Thanks Barry!

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