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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.