The city sits on land that rises abruptly from the sea making it almost completely visible from the port. It is bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south and southwest by the hill Isabel de Torres.
It was inaugurated in 1975, with construction of Italian origin. It can carry 17 people and takes 8 minutes to climb and descend the mountain. It is moved by an electric hydraulic system, conducted by a central operator, situated in the base station.
The top of the tram on the 793 meter high mountain Pico Isabel de Torres is the highest point of Puerto Plata, There is a botanical garden and a replica of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro.