In order to showcase the main natural, cultural, gastronomic and adventure tourism attractions of the province of Espaillat, the Ecotourism Cluster of this destination organized a two-day experiential visit for journalists and communicators representing the main national media outlets to the communities of Moca, Jamao al Norte and Villa Trina.
The experiential tour began with a stop in the municipality of Jamao al Norte, where they participated in two of the activities that the community tour operator, Jamao Ecotours, leads in the area: kayaking and hiking; ending at the Casa de Reyita, a local woman who offers her visitors Creole food and accommodation in tents.
The day continued with a trip to Los Bueyes in Villa Trina, where they were welcomed by Rosa Rivas, executive director of the Ecotourism Cluster, who presented the Sereno de la Montaña project, a lodging project that represents the essence and beauty of the Espaillat province, based on an integral offer that includes lodging, guides through its natural spaces and local gastronomy, services that are offered by the rural youth and women who for more than 15 years have been the hosts par excellence of the emblematic place.
Sereno de la Montaña is managed under the supervision of the Association for the Development of the Province of Espaillat, ADEPE, and the province’s Ecotourism Cluster, who ensure the training of its human resources, as well as the preservation of the environment, as allies par excellence of sustainable tourism with community impact.
From Sereno de la Montaña, several excursions will depart to the La Gloria, Río Partido and Arroyo Grande waterfalls, the latter chosen as the natural scenery to culminate the adventures of the first day of the visit of the invited press.
During the second day, the city of Moca acted as the epicenter of the activities through a city tour that included guided visits to the Casa Museo del Presidente Ramón Cáceres, a tourist and cultural center that keeps the memories and works of the first President of the Dominican Republic; the 26th of July Museum, which remembers the heroes who executed the assassination of the tyrant Ulises Heureaux. At the exit of this enclave, a brief tour led them to the 3D street, which uses this artistic technique to show different tourist attractions of the province.
They also visited the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, the main temple for believers of the Catholic religion in this municipality, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990 and monumental heritage of the Dominican Republic by the Executive Power in 2006.
Another stop on their route was the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, where the remains of the Heroes of the revolt of May 2, 1861 against the Annexation to Spain, and those of President Ramón Cáceres and his father, General Manuel Cáceres, are located.
During the tour in the city of Moca, the journalists were accompanied by the president of the Ecotourism Cluster, César Iván Rosario, who said: “We are happy that you have accepted our invitation to get to know and experience part of what we offer. We trust that, with your help, many more people will be interested in knowing all our potential and together we will promote the development of our destination”, he also pointed out that the province is waiting to be declared as “Ecotourism Province” which will contribute in a special way in its development, attracting the necessary investments for its growth as a destination for international tourism, as it already is for the local market.
The main mission of the Ecotourism Cluster of the Espaillat province (ProEspaillat) is to promote the development of the Espaillat province, the region and the country, together with its inhabitants, in order to achieve sustainable socio-economic and agro-ecological progress for the well-being of the Dominican family and future generations.
The trip concluded with two very special stops, lunch at the Mocano restaurant Las 4F, where they were welcomed by its owners and tasted the signature dish of the province “mofongo”. The closing of the experiential trip was reserved for the bar “El Grano de Café”, one of the projects of the Crisóstomo family, which has been an important part of the promotion of art, culture and good service in the province of Espaillat.
About the Espaillat Province
It is located in the Cibao region and ranks 11th in terms of population. It is bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, to the east by the province of María Trinidad Sánchez, to the south by the provinces of Duarte, Hermanas Mirabal and La Vega, to the west by Santiago and to the northwest by Puerto Plata. In turn, it has an area of 843 square kilometers and has a variety of cultural monuments, tourist attractions and museums that are representative for the country. In addition, this area is known for its large agro-industrial production and in recent years has had an outstanding real estate and financial development.
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