– travel guide for la vega, dominican republic
La Vega continues to be one of the most attractive cities for domestic tourism of Dominicans, despite not being lined with beautiful beaches or lavish resorts. Within its territorial extent of about 2.287 square kilometers, the province hides interesting hidden treasures and historical accounts. It is a town which has retained many traditions, cheerful and helpful people, beautiful royal poinciana trees, colorful masks, and carnival music full of joy. It has been home to outstanding athletes, journalists, doctors, artists, writers, and presidents such as Juan Bosch.
Located in the Cibao Valley, La Vega has an exuberant nature, numerous rivers, and the two major cities of Constanza and Jarabacoa, which are nestled in the heights of the Cordillera Central, more than 500 meters above sea level. Both are considered among the main tourist attractions of the province for its rivers, waterfalls, and valleys, which ideal for ecotourism and adventure tourism.
The main economic activity of the province is farming. Among the most common of the locally produced agricultural products are rice, coffee and snuff, bananas, cassava, beans, pigeon peas, corn, fruits, and other minor items.
The most important cultural event in the city is the carnival, which is the most attractive and elegant holiday of the country. This carnival has been declared national heritage and is held every weekend of February at Las Flores Park.
Among other traditions is the veneration of the Virgin of Mercedes and the festivities that venerate the Virgin of Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Antigua.
The main attractions are: The colonial ruins of La Vega Vieja, El Santo Cerro, the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercedes, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, La Vega Carnival, and Jarabacoa.
La vega carnival
An entire industry works on the preparations for the carnival in La Vega, when more than half a million visitors come to see the colors and listen to the sounds of the Naughty Diablos Cojuelos (Limping Devils), with their huge colorful masks and their long horns. The tradition encourages the devils to chase the spectators when they cross their path in the parades, which take place every Sunday in February. Later, the main bands will play merengue, bachata and salsa until late at night. You will be able to enjoy the main characters Los Africanos, Los Indios, Roba la Gallina, Se Me Muere Rebeca, Diablos Cojuelos, Califé and La muerte en Jeep, among others.
La vega, carnival, dominican republic
In La Vega there are the ruins of La Concepcion, the fortress built by Christopher Columbus in 1494, the third in American soil.