DR S.W. Regional Tour Los Patos, Paraíso Heading Toward Pedernales Part 3

Liane and The owner of Hotel Lito Oasi Italiana. Nice place to spend the night. Don't bother looking for a place to eat you can't do better. He's an unbelievable chef.

Liane and The owner of Hotel Lito Oasi Italiana. Nice place to spend the night. Don’t bother looking for a place to eat you can’t do better. He’s an unbelievable chef.

In part two of this series I mentioned that we were both flying by sight with no real flight plan. We’d just be flowing in sort of a general direction if you will and stopping where ever we decided to. With dusk fast approaching we decided to find a place to stay for the night.

We spent the night in a great little hotel in Los Patos.  Actually it was our anniversary night. The name of the place is Hotel Lito Oasi Italiana (Little Hotel Italian Oasis) in English. Still can’t believe it’s almost twenty years we’ve been together. When people ask us what’s our secret I quickly tell them it’s me being deaf in one ear. Honest truth no shit.

Lovely place with only 6 or 8 rooms. Quiet and very affordable.

Lovely place with only 6 or 8 rooms. Quiet and very affordable.

We celebrated last night with a bottle of fine red wine and a great home cooked meal. When the owner mentioned that he’s a wonderful cook and he actually does all the cooking himself believe me he’s not joking. One of the best meals I can ever remember. The seasoning was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Nice room pool A/C with a reasonable ocean view for about 35 Dollars. Not too bad Eh?

Click Here for PDF Map in English.

Tiered waterfalls in San Rafael. Nice place to stop for a drink and refresh.

Tiered waterfalls in San Rafael. Nice place to stop for a drink and refresh.

Our anniversary day took us through several great places. Most were off the main road several miles down either stone or cut roads. San Rafael with its waterfall pools were a nice place to stop for a while. For the off the beaten path kind of person San Rafael hosts several good roads for you to venture out and enjoy some incredible views. Several spots have a viewing distance of greater than fifty miles!!

Just an FYI before heading out on any of these off the beaten path back roads you may want to consider. While traveling on any of these out of the way road ventures be sure to carry a cooler with some snacks plenty of water and it would be prudent for you to carry tools and spare items like towing chain or strap, coolant, rad hoses, a set of belts along with all of the normal items like a jack lug wrench and a good spare tire. Not the space saving kind as it may soon be rendered useless by the sharp stones located all along these kinds of roads.

Cut road to Rancho Pajon.

Cut road to Rancho Pajon.

Oh Yea be sure the spare is properly inflated or at least carry one of those mini compressors with you. Personally I have found it handy on several past occaisions to carry a tire plug kit so I can repair most holes without having to jack and pull the tire. In several areas we’ve been to jacking might not be the safest thing to do.

Travel about 45 minutes up one of the many cut roads and you’ll find yourself at a day camp called Rancho Pajón. Rancho Pajón features all kinds of outdoor activities and you’d swear that you were located in one of the most pristine Japanese gardens over in Asia. Quiet slow flowing rivers everywhere you look. Quaint little wooden bridges or elevated stone crosswalks located all throughout the grounds. The owners have spent some serious money in this day development…that’s for sure.

Definitely start to feel the temperature change at these altitudes.

Definitely start to feel the temperature change at these altitudes.

From water sliding, hiking, horseback riding or just surrounding yourself in pristine nature Rancho Pajón has something for everyone. An exceptionally beautiful place to spend the day but the road to it is marginal.

After enjoying the serene beauty of the ranch we headed back on a different yet even more interesting route. I took an alternate cut road that the locals said was faster but you will have to drive about half mile through a river to the exit on the other side. I looked at Liane and I could tell by the facial expression it was my call to make. I asked the local a few more questions and had found out it would be all with the current and the deepest part shouldn’t get more than two and a half feet. They informed me that once you’re at the shoreline the people will know your truck is not from here and will assist but how they’re going to assist… that I didn’t yet know.

With the right vehicle River running is a blast but then again not for everyone.

With the right vehicle River running is a blast but then again not for everyone.

We boogied down our new way back to the main road and just like they said after a few miles it led right to a river. The river was flowing at a fast pace and its waters were so clear it amazed us both. The river was about 100 to 125 yards wide. As we pulled up to its shore there were several wooden houses located right next to the shoreline. Sure enough a few of the folks came out to greet us.

After the normal greetings we inquired how to cut across. A few of the younger men that must have been in their mid-twenties mentioned they would assist us. They obviously knew where the shallowest and firmest bottom of the river was located.

I swear you can’t make this stuff up!! They all started walking out into the river and just like a set of intercostal channel markers would mark a channel where you live they all positioned themselves. Each of them stood still while at the same time navigating our path. The only additional instruction they offered was pointing to which side of that person we should pass on. They waved goodbye as we passed them and we shot them a few pesos for their efforts. After crossing it did save at least 25 minutes off of the previous route we took.

Leaving the peaks towards the main road.

Leaving the peaks towards the main road.

By the time we made it back to the main road it was getting dark. Looking at the time we felt it was better lodging over in Los Patos. That’s where we found the Hotel Lito Oasi Italiana and checked in. After showering and resting a bit we continued to enjoy our anniversary with one of the best meals we ever had and a good bottle of vino tinto (Red Wine).

I’ve posted several photos to enjoy below. Larry the tech. guy is working on several videos so keep your eyes opened over the next few weeks. You should start to see them being released on the DR Escapes YouTube channel. I have tour guests all next week so I’ll have to continue when time permits. Until next time this is Barry (and Liane) in DR.

 

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Mouse at Rancho Pajon

Mouse at Rancho Pajon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back on the main road.

Back on the main road.

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mike September 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

But Barry!!!!!!!! You weren’t kidnapped by the Haitians or anyone else? (just kidding)

Im still surviving in this slow march toward ‘you know what’ and as I gain wisdom and able to see thru the veil of brainwashing 24/7 in the US I reflect on all the posts you have put up the last 2 years not one of them have been wrong.
Theres a magnet here to keep running the treadmill .
Looking forward to breaking away and meeting you in person .

Barry September 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Yea it was bad at the border. They tried chasing us down with a cart and a couple of donkeys but luckily we were able to out run them in overdrive. Close call though. 🙂
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