Drive up into the interior highlands for spectacular nature, views - and an odd little monument.

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Valle Nuevo National Park

An inland nature reserve with a quirky something extra: a pyramid.

Up in the hills some 150 kilometres (93 miles) inland from Santo Domingo, Valle Nuevo National Park is the site of the Caribbean's highest alpine forest. But apart from its natural beauty, it possesses a curious feature: an odd little pyramid, built in 1957 under dictator Rafael Trujillo. Supposedly marking the geographical centre of Hispaniola, it turned out the "split pyramid" design was meant to symbolise the separation of the two nearby towns. Regardless, the ecotourism and views up here are marvelous (though in winter, you'll need to bring a coat, as temperatures can get quite chilly).

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