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“Not much to see or do”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Altos de Chavon

Altos de Chavon
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Punta Cana Combo Tour: Catalina Island, Altos de Chavon and Chavon River
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in La Romana
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Owner description: Altos de Chavon, is an architectural wonder, a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village perched high above the Chavón River. The village was designed by Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro, and created by Italian master designer and cinematographer Roberto Coppa. Dominican artisans handcrafted the stone pathways, decorative ironwork, furniture and enchanting buildings, reviving almost forgotten crafts of metal work and stone carving. Under Coppa's direction, each stone was hand cut, each wooden door frame was handcrafted and each wrought-iron detail hand-forged. Construction of the village began in 1976 and the village was inaugurated in 1982 with the concert of Frank Sinatra at the amphitheater. Altos de Chavon was built as a center of culture for the Dominican people. Dominican residents, tourists and working artists, flock to this magically inspirational locale.
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“Not much to see or do”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

We were in La Romana as a cruise port visit.After doing some research prior to the cruise, we decided to take a shuttle to Altos de Chavón which is a small village built on a high hill overlooking the valley of the Rio Chavón. It is part of the Casa de Campo resort and was built in the 1980's to resemble a medieval European town.

Instead of buying a Carnival excursion to the village (about $40), we walked off the ship at 10:00 am and went to the cruise terminal building where they were selling round trip shuttle tickets for $7.00 each. The shuttles run every 30 minutes to the village. It took about 20 minutes to reach the village and we drove through the Casa de Campo Resort to get there.

As we walked around the village, there were only a small handful of restaurants and markets that were open. We joined up with a tour group to hear the guide explain parts of the village. We walked over to see the amphitheater which could hold 5,000 people for concerts. This is where the public rest rooms are located.

There is a church named for St. Stanislaus in the middle of the village, but its doors were locked.

The only thing of interest was a museum called the Regional Archaeological Museum. The building was cooled by fans and a center room had air conditioning which brought some relief after walking around outside. The museum featured the history of the local native Taino Indians.

After an hour, we caught the shuttle back to the cruise port.

Visited June 2014
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“something different”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

it is something special and different from just hanging at the beach. but food is WAAAAYY overpriced.

Visited July 2014
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“Not worth the 25$ entrance fee per person!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

The place is definitely not worth spending $25 per person just to be able to walk around the little village. The place looks desolate, no one lives there, there are just shops and restaurants.It may be a different story if you're there to see a concert and maybe they waive the entrance fee.

Visited July 2014
5 Thank Fabrizio B
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Dartmouth, Canada
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“Altos de Chavon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

We spent a few hours in Altos de Chavon. The views were spectacular! The amphitheatre was unbelieveable- Elton John was playing there the next night. The shops and artists' boutiques were quaint. I wish that we could have spent more time there that day.

Visited March 2014
Thank Laurissa M
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Consider a small Italian villa in the Caribbean, with awesome views , sightseeing, and great food. It is a must if you are visiting Casa de Campo, and the famous amphitheater where Frank Sinatra, Sting and others...

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Hugo R
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