North by Northwest: Punta Cana to Montecristi

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 make (at least not at once), 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.

It is on trips like these where we find new foods, recipes and stories to share with you.

PuntaCana to Montecristi

PuntaCana to Montecristi

Santo Domingo

My daughter is a champion. This isn’t anywhere near the longest trip she’s been on, and she’s always well-behaved. After driving through the East and its sugar cane fields, Santo Domingo awaits us in the distance.

PuntaCana to Montecristi

Obligatory stop at Taveras for some boruga (curdled milk drink). The mountains that guard the Cibao valley — the most fertile region in the country — open for us.


Vegetarian mofonguitos at Tipico Bonao, another of our obligatory stops.

I am so stealing this idea.

PuntaCana to Montecristi

Rice fields followed by foggy tropical desert forest. Night lights that slowly turn off.

MonteCristi food

Food with family and long after-dinner conversation, great to catch up with everybody and share the food we grew up with and love.

A delicious trip

A delicious trip

PuntaCana to Montecristi

Trip to El Morro: rugged terrain and vivid colors, the region of my ancestors is one of the most photogenic areas of the country.

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!!