Fun Things To Do Near Cabarete:
Teleferico Puerto Plata
Photos, History, and Map
Want to see the Dominican Republic from a different perspective? The Teleferico Puerto Plata offers spectacular views from the top of Mount Isabel de Torres.
Located on the south side of Puerto Plata, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding landscape as you ride on one of few cable cars in the Caribbean! Once you reach the top of Mount Isabel de Torres, you will be awestruck by the mountaintop which is designated an official Nature Reserve. The abundant variety of wildlife, flora, tropical gardens, hidden caves, natural springs and streams which flow within the mountain are like the stories told in fairytales. The botanical garden is magical and home to numerous species of beautiful birds and approximately 594 species of plants! At the highest point in all of Puerto Plata, a replica of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro, sits atop a fortress, welcoming you with open arms. Make sure you bring your camera because you don’t want to miss out on a classic photo op with the massive statue. After you work up an appetite from exploring, there’s a small café, with more gorgeous views, where you can quench your thirst and grab a bite to eat!
Not only is the attraction rich in beauty, it is also rich in history. The aforementioned fortress at the top of the mountain, now the base of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, was originally built for air defence during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo as protection against possible foreign raids. Where Christ the Redeemer now stands, opened up to a cannon meant to counteract maritime, aerial, and ground attacks. The dome shape, camouflaged by grass, allowed it to remain hidden by blending in with the mountain and allowing a 360 view.
However, due to the cloudiness and fog at that altitude, 24/7 surveillance from the fort was impossible, resulting in it becoming inoperative. It remained unused until 1972 when architect Cristian Martinez proposed the cable car idea, and the president passed it. An agreement was signed with the Italian firm to help build the cable car, and so construction commenced. The build and botanical garden took two years and a further six months of trials, but finally, the park opened its doors to the public in 1975. Forty-one years later, and thousands of tourist from all over the world have stood in awe atop Mont Isabel de Torres.
The Teleferico Puerto Plata operates Monday to Sunday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. The cable car continuously circulates and the last run of the day is 4:45 pm. It is just RD$350 for adults, RD$200 for children 5 – 10 years old and children under 4 years old are free! The mornings are ideal to visit as it’s your best chance for a cloudless sky, but check the forecast before you leave. As it turns out, the Teleferico is the perfect pre-kite adventure!
Getting there is simple too! It’s about a 55-minute drive from our condos, and there are signs posted the whole way there! We are more than happy to arrange the entire excursion for you, so just let our Guest Services know. If you are into tackling the experience on your own, you can use our Cabarete Public Transportation Guide to get you there, just make sure to negotiate the price before you catch a ride. And if you have a car, there are easy to follow directions on the Teleferico Puerto Plata website.