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New route guide highlights the Santiago-Puerto Plata panoramic mountain pass

The Ruta Panoramica between Santiago Puerto Plata crosses the dramatic northern mountain range

PUERTO PLATA — A new eco-tourism option has emerged in Puerto Plata Province with the recent launch of a map-guide that promotes activities and points of interest along the Gregorio Luperon Tourist Highway, a scenic mountain road that connects the Puerto Plata coastal region with Santiago and the Cibao Valley

“From ocean to mountains, enjoy 30 kms of “Pure Nature!” says the guide,  while summarizing the services, attractions and activities available between La Cumbre and Gran Parada, including the amber mines in La Cumbre, the fertile coffee region of Pedro García and the sugarcane traditions of Montellano.

Easy to use, the guide’s information is ordered sequentially and correlates with a series of A-B-C etc marker signs installed every two kilometers along the highway. The signs were installed in conjunction with the initiation of the highway’s re-construction currently underway.

The map-guide promotes day trips along this scenic mountain road to shop (organic produce, local cheese, yogurts, jams, exotic flowers in more than six different nurseries, handmade gifts and furniture); for adventure (zipline, hiking, cascading, horseback riding) and discovery (amber mines, the Mirabal Sisters monument, panoramic views). It also invites you to a novel opportunity, to enjoy an authentic Dominican lunch in selected private homes along the highway.

The route guide is available in print along the route at selected points and can be downloaded free at www.RutaPanoramica.com

This project was underwritten by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and the Institute for Professional Formation (INFOTEP), as part of the TURISOPP project for rural tourism development in Puerto Plata Province through private  – public sector cooperation. It is an initiative of the Municipal Unit for Cultural Heritage (UMPC) of Montellano – Yasica Arriba – Pedro García, an NGO constituted to create frameworks for the development and co-management of eco-tourism and cultural activities that contribute to sustainable growth for the region. It coincides with the efforts of US-AID and the Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster to reform the identity of Puerto Plata as a tourism destination.

Download the Panoramic Route Guide

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  1. arturo says:

    The Ruta Panoramica is, and always has been my favorite piece of highway in the Dominican Republic. The road surface itself ranges from good to sketchy, but it is destined for a re-paving soon. Despite any of that, there are so many wonderful places and warm, welcoming people to be experienced in those few kilometers, it draws me back time and again. Any stop one can make, at any roadside stand, be it a fruit vendor, or a local woman selling her home-made cheese from a tiny table at the side of the road will be rewarded with a new friendship, and fulfilling experience. The road is not meant to be a conduit from one city to the next,making the best time possible. It is meant to take the most time possible. Stop to say hello, take some pictures, have a snack and a drink, give a few pesos to the blind man, eat some chicharrone, live a little, and help some others live.

  2. Tom Duncan says:

    Would you rather be on a 70mph 6 lane freeway.
    If so, stay at home.
    This spetacular, road is meant for sightseeing.
    Also for stopping 5-6 times for a cervasa & conversation
    with the locals!
    So, relax & have a beautiful drive!
    I have done it many times!

  3. GIULIO PASSARELLI says:

    I STILL MAINTAIN THAT IT IS A BEAUTIFUL ROAD AND VERY IMPRESSIVE. YES, YOU MUST TAKE IT EASY IN MANY PLACES AND THERE ARE SOME PLACES WHERE IT IS PURELY DANGEROUS BUT IF IT WERE CLEANED UP AND PAVED IT IS SPECTACULAR. AS FOR THE MISSING PIECES, I CAN ONLY PRAY THAT THE GOVERNMENT GETS THEM REPAIRED/REPLACED BEFORE SOMEONE IS KILLED!!!

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