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Puerto Plata Teleférico

Aside from the Spanish colonial fortress and nearby beach resorts, Puerto Plata was known for two distinct things:  one was the “Teleférico”.  This Italian-made tram car, built in 1975 and carries 17 passengers, offering them a panoramic view of the Puerto Plata region.  The Teleférico climbs over 2,500 feet to the top of a mountain called Pico Isabel de Torres (the highest point of Puerto Plata) and has a botanical garden and a replica statue of Christ the Redeemer (the famed statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).