Magazine article Americas Quarterly

Panorama: TRAVEL

Magazine article Americas Quarterly

Panorama: TRAVEL

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Santiago, Dominican Republic>> Santiago de los Caballeros, the Dominican Republic's secondlargest city, is often referred to as La Ciudad Corazón (the "heartland city"). It's usually overlooked by tourists heading to the famous beach of Puerto Plata, just 16 miles (26 kilometers) to the north.

10 things to do>>

1 Play Ball More than a sport, baseball is a way of life. From October to January, Santiagueros rush to El Estadio Cibao to support the hometown Águilas Cibaeñas, winners of 20 Dominican titles.

2 Enjoy a Puro Learn about the art of cigarmaking- from the cutting of the tobacco leaf to the rolling of the cigar-with a visit to El Museo del Tabaco. Housed in a former Victorian cigar warehouse, museum exhibits include the rustic tools used to shape cigars along with old photos of workers.

3 Celebrate Carnaval- Dominican Style The month-long celebration, which ends on or near Dominican Independence Day (February 27), mixes African traditions with Catholic rituals. If you miss it, check out the masks and costumes and learn about the traditions at the Tomás Morél Folklore Museum on Calle Restauración.

4 Try the sancocho This thick stew found throughout Latin America is served with rice and avocado and traditionally made with yucca, plantains, yautía, and sweet potatoes. The Dominicans give it a special flair with seasoned beef, chicken and pork. Try it at El Pez Dorado restaurant on Calle del Sol.

5 Dance Merengue Dominicans live and breathe merengue, a blend of Spanish and African rhythms played on accordion, guitar, tambora, guira, and marimba. …

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