Outback To The Viaducts To See Where The Water Comes From

Mata Bonita oncoming traffic

Mata Bonita oncoming traffic

This is my second post tracing the source of the water that feeds Nagua, Cabrera and other little coastline villages along this portion of the north coast of the Dominican Republic. We wind our way through severl small little villages and take a quick look at how people live in these little off-the-beaten-path communities as we trek further out to see some of the overhead viaducts that help bring the water down from the mountains to the canal system that supplies much of our water and the water that is needed to grow the large fields of rice in this area.

Overhead viaducts bring water from the mountains

Overhead viaducts bring water from the mountains

We pass through the little community of Mata Bonita as we head up into the canal country. As you will see in the video, these people live very simple lives with few luxuries, however as we stopped and talked to several of them we were impressed at how happy and friendly they were to us. They truly do enjoy meeting strangers and offering a welcoming “hola”.


In Part 3 of our six part video series we pass through Mata Bonita on our way up into the canal country.  Nothing really special about Mata Bonita, but it give you a little appreciation for just how remote some of these little farming towns are.  Here the roads are dirt and probably half the traffic is horses or little farm trucks.  As in much of the north coast backroads areas, the people make do with what they have.  It is common to see then drying almonds or cocao on blankets in their little yards and most have a garden and forage from the land for fresh fruits and vegetables.


In Part 4 of our series, we leave Mata Bonita and head out into the canal country and end up at the first river and at the overhead viaducts that span a little valley as the water is directed down from the mountain areas to the canal system.


On the next two videos we really venture out toward the mountain and pass through several rivers and reach the end of the road on our quest to find the source of the water.  It is at the site of some of those more remote rivers that we had to call on some special equipment to try to partially drag some big boulders out of the “road” (term used loosely) just to get through the rivers.  Stay tuned for the next post.

For now, it’s Barry in the DR.


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