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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

You can take a taxi to the base of Mount Isabel de Torres southwest of Puerto Plata, and from there, a cable car to the peak, 2,600 feet above the city. Awaiting you is a massive statue of Christ the Redeemer, a botanical garden and some spectacular views, which recent visitors said should not be missed. After you get your fill of the view, wander around the botanical gardens, which showcases local flora and offers shady spots to relax out of the sun. If you’re lucky, you might spot some of the several species of colorful birds that call the area home.

Plan your visit for the early morning, however, before the afternoon cloud cover rolls through. And avoid the dome under Christ's statue if you're not in the mood to shop – the vendors there are ardent sellers of their jewelry and crafts. Other travelers suggest you even forego the English-speaking tour guides (usually available for about $5 per person) and just enjoy the mount's summit on your own.

Budget for the cost of transportation to the site (some taxi drivers will even wait for you to come back down the mountain so they can drive you back to the hotel), as well as the cable car ride to the peak ($10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 10). Mount Isabel de Torres is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a restaurant at the top selling drinks and light snacks. Restrooms are also available. More information can be found on the attraction's website.

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