VALLE DEL TETERO (1,500 m (4,920 ft.)
Round trip hike: 19K (11.8 mi) • 3.5 days • Elevation gain 1,810 m / 5,938 ft.
Valle del Tetero is a mountain valley surrounded by thick blankets of pine trees, rolling green hills, and a beautiful crystal-clear water river. Easier and shorter than the treks to Pico Duarte and the 4 Summits, Valle del Tetero is a great hike by itself or as a rest day addition to any of the other two expeditions. The trail leading to the valley is not a technical one, and it starts in the small town of La Ciénaga, at 1,100 m (3,600 ft.).
For your Valle del Tetero adventure we recommend the following itinerary:
Day 1 (well, it’s really half a day)
Arrival at base camp
Our adventure begins with ground transportation to base camp at the trailhead, in the small town of La Ciénaga (1,100 m / 3,609 ft.).
There, after meeting our guides, we’ll have a brief orientation talk as well as a review of the trip itinerary and gear list. We’ll enjoy dinner and afterwards we’ll turn in for the night in order to be well-rested for our next day’s hike.
Hike to Valle del Tetero
Hiking: 19K (11.8 mi) • Elevation gain 1,180 m / 3,871 ft. • Elevation loss 680 m / 2,231 ft.
After a tasty breakfast at base camp we’ll start our 19K (11.8 mi) hike to Valle del Tetero. The 19K are divided as follows: 4K (2.5 mi) flat, 7.5K (4.65 mi) uphill and 7.5K (4.65 mi) downhill. When we arrive at the valley, a refreshing dip in the river’s cool crisp waters, a scrumptious meal in front of a cozy campfire and stories shared under countless stars will help us recover from the day’s hike.
Enjoy an entire day relaxing in the valley, with no hikes and no worries. After a delicious breakfast, visit La Piedra Taína –an ancient Taíno petroglyph–, take a stroll in the valley, and enjoy diving in the crystal-clear waters of La Ballena, all part of a once in a lifetime day off. At night, relax by the campfire reading your favorite book, lay in the middle of the valley watching countless stars and get a glimpse of the Milky Way.
Return to base camp
Hiking: 19K (11.8 mi) • Elevation gain 680 m / 2,231 ft. • Elevation loss 1,180 m / 3,871 ft.
The 19K (11.8 mi) hike down from Valle del Tetero to base camp in La Ciénaga will be rewarded with a warm typical lunch and a cold river bath, the perfect farewell to an unforgettable trip.
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