North by Northwest: PuntaCana to Montecristi

I couldn’t pass on this opportunity to use the title of my favorite Hitchcock movie.

This is a road trip that not many Dominicans have made, and for me one that -metaphorically speaking – started in reverse 40 years ago. A two-way 1000 km-journey between the two farthest points in the country.

PuntaCana to Montecristi

Driving through the cane fields, leaving the east.

PuntaCana to Montecristi

My daughter is a champion. This isn’t anywhere near the longest trip she’s been on, and she’s always well-behaved. Santo Domingo in the distance.

PuntaCana to Montecristi

Obligatory stop at Taveras for some boruga (curdled milk drink).


Vegetarian mofonguitos at Tipico Bonao, another obligatory stop. I am so stealing this idea.

PuntaCana to Montecristi

Rice fields followed by foggy tropical desert forest. Night lights.

MonteCristi food

Food with family and long after-dinner conversation, great to catch up with everybody.

PuntaCana to Montecristi

Trip to El Morro: rugged terrain and vivid colors.

I used to make a lot of long, meandering road trips before we had a kid, not so many afterward. It’s a great way to discover the country. If you live here, or visit, try and do that. And most importantly, try the food.

You’ll be amazed.

Aunt Clara
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  • Myprim March 9, 2014, 5:23 AM

    That’s awesome !! I am going to be a exchange student from Thailand to Dominican this August with AFS , I am very exited with this country , but now I do not have the host family yet . I hope I will get the best experiences over there .

    • Aunt Clara March 11, 2014, 5:46 PM

      Best luck, I hope you have a great time and a lifetime experience!

  • rosilet March 26, 2011, 9:48 AM

    Hermosa travesía! Lovely pics!

    I love my country!



  • Aunt Clara February 19, 2011, 3:33 PM

    BTW, in photo no. 3 you can see the point where you can first see the Central Mountain Range before you enter Cibao. My husband and I agree it is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in the country, and now find it ruined by a ginormous Presidente billboard.

    I only have love for Presidente, but that is not much better than graffiti on a work of art, it totally ruined this for us. Here's hoping it's temporary.

  • Sandra B February 19, 2011, 3:08 PM

    Oh Aunt Clara, I'm sooooo home sick right now I can cry!

  • Aunt Clara February 19, 2011, 2:17 PM

    I'd blush, if I could. :) Thanks.

  • Amity February 18, 2011, 1:06 PM

    Espectacular…..your images are so lovely. Reminding me of the light and flavor of La Tartine Gourmande. So nice!!