A note from Emery, in the D.R.

Posted on October 7th, 2011 by

Geography Major Emery Ellingson is studying in the Dominican Republic this semester. He writes:

The road to Constanza

I had the opportunity to visit Constanza last weekend and for the first time here in the Dominican Republic, I actually had a reason to wear the sweatshirt that I threw in my suitcase at the last minute.  This is because Constanza is a town in a mountain valley with a more mild climate than the rest of the island.  Thanks to the cooler temperature, foods that normally don’t grow well in tropical climates such as potato, onions and lettuce are grown here.  I also had the chance to visit Salto de Aguas Blancas, which is the highest waterfall in the Dominican Republic.  Overall, the trip to Constanza was one of my favorite experiences that I have had so far here in the Dominican Republic because it is a little different than what normally comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean.

Road to waterfall

Salto de Aguas Blancas

The valley of Constanza



  1. Mark Bjelland says:

    Great photos. It looks quite warm and sunny, especially when compared to the Pacific Northwest. What crops are they growing in the fields?

  2. Emery Ellingson says:

    In the photo to the waterfall, those were mostly onion fields although there were some strawberries too. The large warehouse building is actually a greenhouse for flowers, the flower industry is very important to Constanza. There were also a lot of fields of lettuce, potatoes, cabbage and garlic.

  3. Eduardo says:

    Very interesting this entry.
    It made me recall my years in the Dominican Republic studying the flood in the river Yaque del Norte.
    I will keep this blog more often.
    A greeting.