How to reach
Jarabacoa is easily
reaching by car taking Duarte highway n. 1 in a northerly direction,
next La Vega, and continuing along Federico Basilis main road for 24
A legend tells the
love story between a beautiful India and a fascinating Spanish gentleman.
Together founded Jarabacoa that in Taino language means "land where
runs the water". The climate is pleasantly fresh all year round.
The year's medium temperature is approximately 22 degrees centigrade,
with a maximum of 28 and a minimum of 16. The valley (23 kmq), has a
triangular form drawed by Yaque del Norte river (main river of Dominican
Republic, 300 km long) and Jimenoa river, it's tributary with a course
marked by falls, destination of touristic trips. The landscape, rich
in pines, rivers and falls, recall the alpine scenary. The town (60.000
inhabitants) offers the possibility to visit several boutique and art
galleries. The zone is ideal for ecotourism and adventure tourism: in
1999 there was here the Mountain Bike Latin American Championship, with
160 competitor coming from 11 countries; in 2000 and in 2001 was selected
by the Malboro Adventure Team such as preselection ground. Rancho Baiguate
organizes differents types of excursions: rafting on Jimenoa river,
mountain-climbing inside the Canyon of the river, jeep safari as far
as the falls, tubing along the river, ascents of Pico Duarte, paragliding from a high of 200 meters guided by a pilot trainer. Four kilometers
before to arrive to Jarabacoa town, to the left, there is a diversion
that take to Jimenoa Falls, one of the most well-known excursion destinations.
On a perfectly passable road, passing in front the golf club and next
11 km reaching to the river where is possible to park the car. Payng
10 pesos, the tourists are admitted to the track and in a few minutes,
across some suspension bridges, they arrive to the fall. The excursions
to Pico Duarte required approximately three days, but are facilitated
because of the help of the guides and the use of the mules. The scenary
is wonderful. Particularly, the road from Jarabacoa to Manabao certainly
merits the excursion. Returning to Jarabacoa, merits a visit the Salesiano
Seminary that does several social activities.