13-Apr-2014 -- This is the first out of 3 reports reaching or attempting confluence points in the Dominican Republic. Within our stay in the country of 11 days, were able to reach two confluences and left one incomplete for other adventurers.
Arriving at the capital airport, we rented a small car and began our anti-clockwise travel through the Dominican Republic. On day number 3, we reached the remote Playa Limon at the north coast. We stayed in a little neglected hotel, the only remaining choice for an overnight stay nearby this beach.
The next morning, we had to overcome the remaining distance of 13 km. In the village El Jovero (5 km from the CP), we turned into a side road that pointed to the confluence point. But half way, the track branched off and became impassable for our little city car. Without attempting to cross the water puddles of the track, we parked at the roadside and enjoyed the walk to the confluence point.
The system of tracks got us within exactly 100 m to the confluence point. From the nearest point on the track, we had to simply walk through a coconut plantation to reach the exact spot. Obviously, the confluence point has changed significantly: in 2001, the visitors report a one-hour bush bashing and those in 2002 still 45 minutes. For us, the time needed to reach the CP from the track was less than 1 minute. The area had been burned recently, such that the undergrowth is missing completely. The point is right at the upper end of the plantation. If it had been a bit further, we would have had do make it through dense jungle. Right at the spot lie some burned coconuts. The beach Playa Miches is only 230 m from the point, but cannot be seen.
After the confluence visit, we had some fruits in the nearby town Miches, before we continued our trip around the island.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to an asphalt road: 5 km
- Distance to an unpaved track: 100 m
- Distance of car parking: 2.5 km
- Time to reach the CP from the track: 1 min
- Time at the CP: 10:11 AM
- Measured height: 8 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 4 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: coconut palms
- Weather: sunny, 27° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Burnt Coconut Confluence
Pictures of our trip can be found here. The story continues at 19°N 70°W.