Beyond Jarabacoa, higher up in the mountains, is Constanza, where the scenery is even better than in Jarabacoa, with rivers, forests and waterfalls. In winter, temperatures can fall to zero and there may be frosts. The valley is famous for food production, potatoes, garlic, strawberries, mushrooms and other vegetables, and for growing ornamental flowers. The Garlic Festival is held in the middle of June, with lots of dancing.
With a four-wheel drive you can visit the Valle Nuevo Scientific Reserve, through which passes the very poor but spectacular road from Constanza to San José de Ocoa. Wonderful views and you pass the geographical centre of the island, marked by four small pyramids. There are also thermal springs, three Amerindian cemeteries and the Agua Blanca waterfall. During January-March the temperature can fall as low as -10°C. The reserve has a large number of plants which are unique to the island in pine and broadleaf forests. It is also good birdwatching country, look out for the stripe-headed tanager, the rufus-collared sparrow and Antillean siskin. Scientists interested in the investigative scientific work on the reserve should contact the Fundación Moscoso Puello in Santo Domingo, T5668404.