If anyone were to ask me what my ideal place to live would be, it would have to be a combination of beach and mountains. Luckily, Puerto Plata has both. This northern town is a mixture of resorts, clustered buildings and sugar cane fields with a skyline dominated by Pico Isabel de Torres, an enormous flat top mountain rising 793 meters above the sea.
This is a fun outing with spectacular views from the top and a refreshingly cooler retreat from the sticky humidity during the summer months.
There are two ways to get up to the tp of Pico Isabel de Torres. One is by vehicle albeit motoconcho or taxi. I would not recommend taking your own car or rental. This is an off road situation with many free range farm animals and loose rocks that can do serious damage to the underbelly of the car. (Hence my Holy Jeep)
The other way, and much more relaxing and scenic is taking the teleferico up to the top and back down again. It’s a peaceful trip (if there aren’t any ADD children in the car with you) soaring steeply over a wild jungle of palm, banana, and papaya trees.
A slightly smaller replica of Christ the Redeemer stands on top of a building housing small craftsman and souvenir shops and across the parking lot is a restaurant.
Follow the paved walkways along the edge to view the city and coastline down below and meander through the Botanical Gardens home of giant ferns where you can imagine being in Lilliput.
The journey to the top and back costs around $10 and its a nice escape from the resorts and city congestion.