The town of Cabral, at only seven kilometers from Barahona, is named in honor of the independence fighter and hero, José María Cabral, who was also president of the Republic in 1865. One of its main resources, the Lagoon Rincón or Cabral, is the largest body of fresh water in the country with an extension of 47 square km.
The name of this little village located in Barahona is more than justified because of its coastal and mountainous scenery that turn it into"a beautiful piece of sky that has been given to us as a gift by the land". Between rivers, wet forests and clouds, beaches and people of"good stock" , this all combined with several families of Italian and Haitian heritage, the human warmth so typical in Dominican people; making it a rich cultural mix.
This panoramic highway, with very little traffic, passes through the towns of Los Arroyos, Alto de Palomas, Banano Dominicano and El Arroyo with spectacular views of Lake Enriquillo on the way. You can see a few spas close to the rivers Mulito, La Agüita, and El Manguito Pequeno.
At one hour from Paraiso we came across another incredibly charming place: Cachote. This is a small village with barely 30 families situated on the Remigio hill, at about 300 thousand meters above sea level. The families, who subsist without either electrical energy or running water facilities, make a living from four commercial activities: coffee production, reforestation, cattle farming and eco-tourism.
At the eastern end of the Bahoruco Mountain Range, 10 km from the town of Barahona, lie the only two existing mines in the world that produce a semi-precious stone of a strange composition, an enigma to geologists, fascinating to tourists.
Many researchers agree that it is a volcanic pectolyte, with particular characteristics and whose color evokes the different shades white foam, blue, turquoise, gray and the green of the Caribbean Sea, bathed by the gilded rays of the Antillean sun on the southern coasts.