You may be wondering why I look like a 90’s Dominican boy with my “poloche” buttoned to the top, why the other folks behind me are putting on coats… or why there are North American pine trees in the background if this the Dominican Republic? Or maybe not. But to many Dominicans and international travelers, the last thing we expect in DR, located in the tropical Caribbean, is winter climate or pine trees occasionally sprinkled with snow. That’s because DR is home to the tallest mountain in the Caribbean, located in the Cordillera Central aka the Dominican Alps: El Pico Duarte.
Here we are reaching the clouds on day one of our pilgrimage... hiking, riding, falling, stumbling, sliding and climbing our way up 3000 meters (10000 feet) into the air.