The best way to enjoy the remoteness and natural beauty of these parts is to be as close to it as possible.

Explore on motorbike: In Jarabacoa, you’ll find plenty of motorbike taxis, as in other parts of the country. You can also ask your hotel if there’s one they recommend.

Hike and swim: This region is hiking bliss. Fewer cars, verdant scenery everywhere you turn and small villages means it’s a delight to explore on foot.

Horseback ride: Go on excursions to waterfalls by horseback, or simply rent one for an hour to ride along the riverbanks.