La Romana/Santo Domingo
VISIT TO THE VILLAGE OF ALTOS DE CHAVÓN
My Explorations, Passepartour
An excursion with plenty of natural and man-made sights - Altos de Chavón, a reconstruction of an ancient 17th-century Mediterranean village with narrow streets and architecture reminiscent of Italian towns, is timeless and surrounded by a breathtaking natural scenery.
- Altos de Chavón: reconstruction of an ancient 17th-century Mediterranean village
- Unique architecture, cobbled streets, iron decorations, red roofs
- Breathtaking views over the Chavón river from the panoramic terrace
- Shops selling souvenirs and local handicrafts
- Greek-Roman amphitheatre, Lovers’ fountain, Regional Museum of Archaeology, Saint Stanislaus Church
- Amazing panorama of Resort Casa de Campo: a paradise for the lovers of golf and luxury villas
- We leave the international Casa de Campo tourist dock on a coach headed to Altos de Chavón, the so-called “Artists Village”, i.e. a unique reconstruction of an ancient 17th-century Mediterranean town recreated by local artists between 1978 and 1982 based on an idea by Charles Bludhorn and designed by Roberto Coppa.
- Once there, we immediately notice the peculiar architecture of this place perched above Rio Chavón, the river from which it takes its name.
- We stroll along its cobbled alleyways, admire the iron decorations and sculptures and notice how the entire village is made of coral stone with the classic red roofs that would be easily found in towns in Tuscany or Umbria.
- From the top of the panoramic terrace, a breathtaking view of the Chavón river awaits us - it was the filming location of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece “Apocalypse Now”.
- The small centre is brimming with small shops selling souvenirs and local handicrafts.
- But there is more: the village is also home to a large Greek-Roman amphitheatre inaugurated in 1982 with a concert by Frank Sinatra and Carlos Santana, the Lovers’ Fountain that seems to be inspired by the Trevi fountain in Rome, the Regional Archaeological Museum inaugurated in 1981 and home to an impressive collection of pre-Columbian artefacts found nearby and, finally, Saint Stanislaus Church, extremely picturesque and romantic and popular for weddings.
- On our way back to the port, we admire the amazing panorama offered by the exclusive Resort Casa de Campo, a paradise for golf lovers and also famous for the luxury villas owned by celebrities, actors, athletes and singers such as Shakira.
Good to know
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- This excursion involves long walks on cobbled roads, therefore it is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- The excursion returns to the port and is reserved for both guests in transit and disembarking. Check on board if the tour is compatible with your flight.