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 places you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting a historical site during your time in La Vega.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Fortaleza La Concepcion. It is found in the heart of La Vega. Today, the fort and the town it defended is part of a national park, with the ruins excavated. Visitors can explore this early European city and one of the first forts built in the Americas.
Another landmark worth visiting is Santo Cerro. It is found within 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.
Take a minute to read the table below for information concerning historic sites in and around La Vega.
|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 outdoor attractions you might enjoy visiting. 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.
Another local site you might enjoy is Salto Jimenoa Uno. 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.
These examples are just a few of what's available. Click on this link to read our page regarding natural attractions in and around the area.
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