Road Trip To Constanza – Lush Mountain Farms For As Far As You Can See

Road To ConstanzaJohnny and I had an unexpected weekend off.  What to do?  Road Trip was the first thing to cross our minds, so road trip it is.  You know me.  I never miss an opportunity to get out on the lesser traveled roads in my 4 wheel drive truck to explore another part of this diverse island.

This time we decided to take the rustic mountain roads from Cabrera over to Constanza.  Constanza is one of the most abundant farming regions of this country and we were not exactly sure what to expect, but we were curious to find out.  All I can say is WOW.  As you will see in this video, and the part two video to follow, Constanza is nestled up in the mountains about 4000 feet above sea level.  The temperatures up there range between about 41 °F and 77 °F, but have been as low as freezing on occasion.

Endless Mountain Farms In Constanza

Endless Mountain Farms In Constanza

There are places along the trip where all you can see is lush green farms hugging the mountainsides for as far as the eye can see.  Many of these farms could only be tended by hand with the occasional assistance of an oxen or oxen team.  No way you could possibly get even a small tractor to hug some of those steep mountain pastures.  Yet, as you will see from the videos, these farms are abundant producers of much of the organic or almost organic fruits and vegetables we enjoy on this island.  Constanza is especially known for its crops of strawberries, peaches, apples, garlic, potatoes, and cabbages.  This area is also a huge producer of flowers, roses, and other landscape plants.

Mountain Farming Where No Tractor Will Venture

Mountain Farming Where No Tractor Will Venture

One other thing you will notice in our video, this trek across the mountain roads, especially in the rainy season, is best suited for a 4 wheel vehicle with a relatively high wheel base.  We have no problem in our Toyota Prada and the trucks with the higher wheel base seem to do fine, but this is not the road for one of those typically little compact rentals with 13 or 14 inch rimmed wheels.  On our little two day adventure we had to come to the rescue of two little cars that had problems on these roads.

In this first video…

 

Johnny and I start our journey over to Constanza.  Along the way we stayed the night over in a small town in a clean little guest house.  I think our rooms cost about $13 for the night.

 

Exploring the far reaches of this island is one of the things that attracts us to this island.  We have plenty of diversity, from some of the most beautiful, palm-lined beaches to some of the most lush tropical mountain scenery, all within a short drive.  Now we realize that the Dominican Republic certainly is not alone in offering fantastic landscapes and diversity.  America, Canada and Europe are all endowed with fantastic landscapes.  So what makes it so much different here on the island?

I think the major difference is attitude or a frame of mind that encourages exploration.  Maybe it is the flexibility that comes from a more laid back, less demanding lifestyle.  Maybe it is the fact that being in a “strange” land peaks the curiosity.  I don’t know for sure, but I do know that exploration helps keep you feeling young and vibrant.

So, wherever you are in the world, whether you are here on the North Coast in Cabrera or anywhere else, I do encourage you to set aside some time in 2016 to go exploring.  If you have not made the trip to the North Coast yet, that is a good choice.  But wherever it is…. DO IT.

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john December 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

That was one of the best experiences of my life, can not wait to go back. One of the reasons why i live here.Regards Johnny

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