About two hours away from some of the most popularly visited beaches in the Dominican Republic is La Vega, a town best known for its outrageous Carnival festivities each year. When the festival is not going on, it is the area's natural attractions that offer a sense of reprieve for visitors. Thick forested grounds, waterfalls, and parks are waiting to be explored, as is a military fort at the center of town.
Enjoy learning some of the historical roots of the places you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting a historical site during your time in La Vega.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fortaleza La Concepcion. It is located in the heart of La Vega. This small fort was built by Christopher Columbus in 1494, helping lay the foundations for the early Spanish (and eventually European) colonization of the New World, becoming one of the largest European cities in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately for it, the entire town was destroyed by an earthquake in 1562.
Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Santo Cerro. It is located in Santo Cerro, 4.3 mi. North-Northwest of central La Vega. A place of legend in the Dominican Republic, Santo Cerro is said to be the site of an apparition of the Virgin Mary. According to the story, Christopher Columbus was leading an army against the native Taino.
View this table to see historic sites in and around the area.
|Fortaleza La Concepcion||--||Central La Vega|
|Santo Cerro||--||Santo Cerro, 4.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central La Vega|
Salto Jimenoa Dos is one of the better known natural attractions. <p>This is a smaller waterfall further North than its bigger sibling, Salto Jimenoa Uno. However, it makes up for its smaller stature in a better swimming area and a more adventurous path to reach it.</p>
A second option worth a visit is Salto Jimenoa Uno. <p>This icy waterfall is a unique waterfall in that literally shoots out from the rocks. It is an odd sight to see, and being so close to a larger city, it is an easy side trip that should not be passed up.</p>
La Vega has a nice selection of natural attractions. For more in formation concerning natural attractions in and around La Vega, click here.
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