How We Make a Difference
Profits from the community business will go towards supporting efforts by local community groups and the Ministry of the Environment
- The business itself supports conservation by empowering the community through income generation linked to environmental stewardship.
A portion of your price of admission will go to community development projects in the region
Come and experience adventure and the beauty of nature in our unique mountain community.
Challenge yourself to a full day hike, or just enjoy the spectacular views! Welcome to La Loma Isabel de Torres EcoTrail. Hidden in plain sight, La Loma Isabel de Torres is home to incredible biodiversity. You can hike our nature trail in a tropical forest with 3 different climatic zones, nearly 600 species of plants and 37 bird species, 13 of which are endemic to the island of Hispaniola. All of this exploration and natural abundance awaits you just outside the city of Puerto Plata. See spectacular views of the coast from Sosua to Cofresí with the majestic summit behind you.
Join us and challenge yourself with a hike to the top of the mountain Christopher Columbus named the Monte de Plata or The Silver Mountain and discover the natural beauty by the sea. There are several different guided hikes to choose from, all at different levels of difficulty. The cable car can be taken up the mountain, down the mountain, both, or none at all. Approximate times vary from 2 hours for the easiest level to 7 hours for the full hike up and down the mountain. The hike up the mountain through tropical forest and cloud forest allows you to observe the lush wildlife. At the summit enjoy beautiful views of the coastline and surrounding areas. Rest, savor the view and have a snack or a cold drink before the trip back down to the trailhead.
4 packages to choose from:
- Exploration Hike
- Summit Hike
- Mountaineer’s Hike
- Overlook Hike
Our business is motivated by a desire for community development. All employees are hired from the local communities to operate the business. A portion of our profits goes to fund community development initiatives in the barrios surrounding the mountain and whenever possible are linked to environmental conservation initiatives for the Natural Monument.
The business itself supports conservation by empowering the community through income generation linked to environmental stewardship. This link is essential to developing a strong culture of environmentalism and conservation, creating tangible benefits from conservation in the eyes of community members. Our community development projects link the condition of the park to community benefits and therefore the success of the park will lead directly to the development of the community.
How to get there
The Loma Isabel de Torres is easy to find, located just to the south of Puerto Plata finding the park is easy.
From one of the Puerto Plata resorts –ask a motoconcho (motorbike taxi) to take you to the Teléferico (cable car). When coming from Cofresí or Maimon it will be to the right off the main highway, and on the left when coming from Playa Dorada (RD$50)
From Santiago –take the Javilla tours guagua (bus) to Puerto Plata and get off at Javilla (RD$100). Then jump on a motoconcho at the Javilla and ask them to take you to the Teléferico (RD$25-30). You could also ask to get off the Javilla Tours guagua at the “entrada del teleferico” and walk 250 meters up the hill to the Teléferico base.
From Sosua/Cabarete – Take a shared taxi (RD$100) or the Rio San Juan/Puerto Plata guagua (RD$50) towards Puerto Plata and ask to get off by the hospital. Then take a motoconcho from outside the hospital to the Teléferico (RD$30).
From anywhere: From anywhere: Simply ask to go to the Teléferico in Puerto Plata. If the cab driver isn’t familiar with Puerto Plata it is off of the main highway (Avenida Manolo Tavarez Justo) south and west of Puerto Plata (see the private car directions for more details). Feel free to contact us for more detailed instructions.
From Santiago: Take the Autopista Duarte (freeway) out of Santiago towards Navarrete and then bear right and follow the signs to Puerto Plata. After passing the CURA-UASD (University) on the left you will see the entrance on the right about 1¼ miles (2Km) down the primary highway (Manolo Tavarez Justo). There is a large billboard that says Welcome to the Teléferico.
From Sosua/Cabarete/Rio San Juan/Samana: Take Highway 5 toward Puerto Plata. Pass the gate for Playa Dorada and the stadium, bear left at the stadium to stay on the highway (which becomes Manolo Tavarez Justo). You will pass the Sunix gas station just before an overpass on the right and the access road to the Teléferico is on the left 1¼ mile or 2 Km after you drive under the overpass. There is a large sign that says welcome to the Teléferico on the left.
Contact UsPhone: 809-890-8273