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a train traveling down train tracks near a mountain

We’re big fans of panoramic sights – it’s almost a cliché, but no one seems to name it. People love oceans, forests, islands, but what truly stuns you is the view of it all. That’s why we think everyone should go to Mount Isabel de Torres, in Puerto Plata.

Mount Isabel de Torres in Puerto Plata

Mount Isabel de Torres is located in Puerto Plata, on the north shore of the country. It’s about a good six hour drive from Punta Cana, so why not combine it with a short stay in Santo Domingo or a swim on paradise island, Cayo Arena and a visit to Punta Rucia?

Mountain Isabel stands around 2,200m above sea level, making it quite a spectacle. The cherry on top of the cake is the statue of Christ on the mountain, which you can reach by cable car.

Cable car fun

Before you step into that cable car, remember: heights are there to show us magnificent views! Don’t be afraid. Many went before you. Time to hop in, and let the breathtaking surroundings make you fall in love with this region. There’s views on the Atlantic Ocean, on the rooftops, and of places more inland. This trip up is truly one of a kind.

A tip? Bring a camera. The photo opportunities on the cable car ride and at the top of the mountain are endless. Many people take a good selfie with the view. Tip two? Go early in the morning to avoid big buses and crowds, and the clouds that cover the mountain top in the afternoon. It takes about 15 minutes to take the cable car up, and next to the statue of Christ and the amazing view, there’s botanical gardens to discover! Also, the walk to the lagoon, cave and bridge should not be missed. When you go down again, a whole forest waits for you.

The forest and National Park

Not ready to go home yet? It’s time to hike the beautiful forest of Isabel de Torres National Park. The lush green roofs of the trees you saw from your cable car trip present a good, large hiking ground, perfect to wander around in. The National Park is there to preserve the natural significance of the region. An important task, as we still want the Dominican Republic to be as stunningly leafy in the years to come.


On top of the mountain, there’s a small snack shop. Take cash, as they don’t accept credit cards. Furthermore, Mount Isabel and its close surroundings host a few restaurants, like Mares Restaurant and lounge, and Provocon 4 Puerto Plata. Enjoy Caribbean food and some authentic Dominican vibes as you sip from your drink and think about the lovely views you’ve just seen. All just a trip away from Punta Cana!

We can’t wait to see your stunning nature pics. Tag us using #instaBOP or @bestofpuntacanaofficial!

Picture: Instagram @i.lovepuertoplata