Thanks all, I did make it to La Vega for the carnival this past Sunday. However I stayed at Hotel Platino in Santiago and a friend of a friend took us there. I do thank you all for your help..I'm sure I'll put it to better use soon. By the way La Vega carnival was interesting but I really couldn't get used to getting my butt hit on the regular, took...(very different from say Trinidad carnival in the West Indies)