This week I spent a whole day exploring the gorgeous, oh-so-green Monte Plata province for an upcoming article for my publisher Moon Guides. I cooled off in waterfalls and rivers, drove along verdant fields where goats raced each other and horses rested in the shade, breathed in fresh air and soaked in the jungle views. I ooh’d and aah’d and did not want to leave this earthly paradise.

Stay tuned to the blog for news of my article, more images, and a recap video on this spectacular, little-mentioned ecotourism destination in the Dominican Republic.

Update: Watch the recap from my trip to Monte Plata below. For details on the where and how, read my published Monte Plata article for Moon Guides.

Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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