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One of many cataracts on the north slope of the Central Mountain Range. Hotel La Mansion.
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San José de las Matas, Dominican Republic.- The mountainous zone La Sierra, formed by the towns Sabana Iglesia, Baitoa, Jánico and San José de las Matas in Santiago, and Monción in Santiago Rodriguez provinces, begins to emerges as a gigantic ecotourism attraction of 2,500 square kilometers.

The zone borders with two of the most important parks on the south slope, J. Armando Bermúdez and Jose del Carmen Ramirez, home to two of the country’s most important water sources, the North Yaque and Bao rivers, which feed the aqueducts, irrigation systems and energy through several hydroelectric dams for the vast Cibao and Northwest valleys.

San José de las Matas began its tourism re-awakening when the resort La Mansion reopened with a hotel, 50 of its 96 cabañas, with funds provided by a 25 year lease.

San José de las Matas Development Association president Francisco Abreu says ecotourism and agribusiness, are spearheading La Sierra’s definitive launch. He said the time has come for the zones’ definitive development, further sparked by its crystalline spas and its pleasant and healthy climate.

He noted that most of the Spaniards who settled in the zone in the 19th Century knew that living under La Sierra’s climate and pleasant surroundings was one of the ways to remain healthy and to cure numerous ills.

SOURCE: listin.com.do

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Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 14 Aug 2009 11:22 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
La Mansion Hotel is the location of Porfirio Rubirosas wedding to Flor de Oro Trujillo
Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 11:28 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
I love swimming in the rivers around SAJOMA. Super clean and the people are great. La Mansion was run down but I heard that they were updating it. They built campo verde which is a camping/river resort. Don't forget about rio lindo hotel on the edge of the river.
Written by: vacanos, 14 Aug 2009 11:43 AM
From: United States, An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
el rio la vantana en san jose de la mata tiene que ser el mas frio del caribe. que paisajes mas lindo.
Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 11:45 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Swimming in the SAJOMA rivers at midnight with some women and sipping on some whiskey is the best
Written by: vacanos, 14 Aug 2009 12:15 PM
From: United States, An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
xwill it used to be my personal hobby when i was single. when las chalcas de santiago era las chalca nowdays is a different story i doubt if i were single i venture like you do. the best case scenary with all the deliquency and soft response by the govt is for the crooks to leave you naked and take everything.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 14 Aug 2009 12:37 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes
That's really a beautiful picture/scenery.

Water is so crystal clear, like the azure waters of Barahona, that it seems like it's been chlorinated.

Never been to that part of the country, but certainly will put it on list for next year.

Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 12:39 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
true, you need to be carefull. Now more than ever with all of the deported criminals from NY/NJ area. But just take some extra women and envite a few friends from that area for security and enjoy.
Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 12:42 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
glo,
rio lindo hotel is nice. it has little cabin style rooms and you can listen to the river's power at night. You don't need a 4x4 but it is better because after SAJOMA the road is dirt
Also,
if you want to enjoy the mountains with out so much noise, do not go to SAJOMA in August. Thats when the patronales take place. If you like the music the August is the best time. Anthony Santos always closes the patronales. I am sure that the SAJOMA patronales are in the top 5 in DR for med size towns
Written by: glomarexplorer, 14 Aug 2009 12:55 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes
swill7,

Thanks for valuable information.
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 14 Aug 2009 12:55 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
The luxurious villa was built in 1927 by Horacio Vásquez and his wife Trina as a mountain retreat. It became a hotel under the Balaguer regime, when 100 cabins were added to make it an early nature tourism destination. The Mansion closed in 1996
The Mansion has been rescued through the efforts of the Dominican Corporación de Hoteles, who held a competition to select a team for the building’s restoration. The winners, Luciano Miguel Rodríguez, Eladio Torres y Juan de Jesús Estévez, began the two-year restoration project in 2007. La Mansión, with its spectacular natural setting intact, now offers 20 rooms, restaurants, pools, a small number of two-room cabins, horseback riding, and numerous hiking trails. Its bar, built in the room where Rubi married Flor de Oro, has been decorated with photos of Vázquez and Trujillo and has been christened “Rubirosa’s Bar.” Drink up.
Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 1:07 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Fred
I will have to stay there one night next time I am in that area. Is it open yet?
Written by: generoso, 14 Aug 2009 1:08 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
Wasn't there an Aveda spa a few years ago too?
Gotta try it, any phone numbers available?
Written by: Sajomero, 14 Aug 2009 3:34 PM
From: United States, Del primer Santiago de America....y el mejor!!!
Welcome to my town people!!! Its about time these clowns got serious and reopened this great spot. Yes there used to be an Aveda spot there. If you like to party, then this is the time to be there for the best patronales in the country. You can dance all night and then watch the sun come up under the Caoba tree where all the chimichurris keep the party going with lots of food and drinks too. Then go for a swim after lunch in the pool at La Mansion or in one of the many rivers in the area..Vacanos la ventana is kids play compared to the rivers further up like in Jamamu..uff there the water forms frost in the morning. So come on up to the hills and fall in love with all we have to offer....
Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 3:39 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Sajomero,
el chamaco has the coldest beer
Written by: vacanos, 14 Aug 2009 4:02 PM
From: United States, An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
sajomero let me say that san jose de la mata is a jewel of santiago. i had a girlfriend in sabana iglesia and we used to go to la ventana it was the most quiet of all. it bring me great memory that is why i mentioned. I know your favorite HINAJE?
Written by: Sajomero, 14 Aug 2009 4:40 PM
From: United States, Del primer Santiago de America....y el mejor!!!
My favorite river spot used to be Bao en Aguas Calientes, where hot water comes out from a big rock on the side of the mountain. Hurracaines ruined the swimming area by the bridge as well as the dance floor, but if you go up a trail behind the mountain, there is a huge natural pool with good depth and not as much current as on the other side.
Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 4:47 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
I been there once. El ranchito next to corozo is pretty cool. Alot of pasa dias take place there. The only question is, who is going to cook the goat
Written by: Sajomero, 14 Aug 2009 5:08 PM
From: United States, Del primer Santiago de America....y el mejor!!!
Oh no Ranchito for me..lol...nearly drowned there in a whirlpool when I was young....and also I hate that rope bridge that sways with every step...not a good idea when in the company of Brugal or Presidente...lol
Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 5:21 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
lol. the old rope bridge is gone and a new cable bridge is there. you cant fall unless you jump. The river flows a bit fast there. But now there is a newer road that takes you to another river that is also cool. When I was a child you could only get to that river on horse or walking. But you have to pass 4 esquina, bamboo all of those areas to get down there.
Written by: xwill7, 14 Aug 2009 5:22 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
sajomero,
I know that you have put a bottle of whiskey or brugal in the river and place a rock on top and wait for it to get cold. lol
Written by: vacanos, 14 Aug 2009 6:13 PM
From: United States, An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
A cow almost had me by the horn if I wasn’t quicker enough at the bao. In top of hill right next to the river I was taking a nap with a girl when I saw this cow approaching fast aiming at my red trunk and shirt. It was hilarious. when i made it down everybody laughed at us.
Written by: poponlaburra, 15 Aug 2009 8:49 PM
From: Dominican Republic, popon@att.net
This area is justbeatiful! and hope it gets preserved, that they keep the small village tradition, and that they only employ the local residents for job openings.
Written by: dominica, 17 Aug 2009 9:41 AM
From: United States
Sajoma is great. Personally, I prefer to leave it as it is with as least people as possible. I visited the puente colgante and the visitors aren't too nice to the environment. There was trash all over the place, which I tried to pick up some but just too overwhelming. My roots are from here and have family that are still working the same land that my great great grandfathers were born on. I just wish that with all this unwanted attention people can be more cautious and endearing to the environment. The fish and wildlife are not so happy with all the trash and vehicles showing up now. I even saw some people coming from santiago and the capital with all these SUV's washing them in the river. Not nice at all to wash SUV's with all the oil going in the rivers. Not nice at all. If you must visit please bring a trash bag and pick up after yourselfs. There are people here who have never ate or experienced anything other than what is grown from the land so please think of them.
Written by: xwill7, 17 Aug 2009 10:15 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
dominica,
not just people from Santiago and SD wash their SUV's the local people wash their cars and motorcycles in the river too
Written by: guillermone, 19 Aug 2009 11:03 AM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
Ever notice how so called "progress" and development is a double edge sword? You know what give me back the old DR any time. It was a good and simple life, exactly what most have expressed about SAJOMA. Most if not all of the mountain towns of the Cibao have retained that old time genuine native feel and I hope it does not get lost or ruin with intense tourism development. I think we should follow the successful low impact Costa Rican model for tourist development at least for this area, otherwise we will lose our Cibaeño culture as we know it today.
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